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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown held a news conference to brag about the fact that they came together to pave both sides of a street. One side of Kenmore Avenue is the responsibility of the county and the other side is the responsibility of the city.

This joint effort to pave three miles of a road was touted as: “It’s this kind of collaboration that’s transforming Buffalo and Western New York,” said Byron Brown. “We’re here to emphasize today what can happen when people work together,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

I certainly support the county and the city working together and I don’t mean to knock this effort but how sad is it that this a rare and news worthy event. Our two top local government leaders symbolically meeting in the middle of the street to shake hands and highlight this “innovation”, as reported in the Buffalo News is a bit much.

The County Executives press release pointed out that this road effort was the result of a “unique collaboration”. This example of our great leaders working together will take a total of three years to pave three miles of of a 5.5 mile long road.

While it would be great to have our elected leaders working together on bigger issues, I guess this is a start.

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The definition of reinvent is:to replace with an entirely new version, to make over completely, to recast something familiar or old into a different form.In my opinion we need to reinvent government, business and ourselves. Today’s world is about constant change driven by the power of new ideas.For the past 17 years as an attorney, I have worked in government at the county, city, authority and school district level in the Buffalo, NY area. I have seen first hand the need for reinventing how government operates. For a period of four years, I served as Chief of Staff to the 9 member City of Buffalo Common Council. Government must engage the talents and skills of its citizens by becoming more collaborative and transparent in its decision-making and operations. Utilizing technology as a tool to engage citizens is something all governments need to explore.I have great respect for entrepreneurs as they put their passion into a vision, which results in new products, new services and new jobs. Entrepreneurs are on the front lines of change. As an adjunct college instructor, I see how students and everyone for that matter must continually change and reinvent themselves to survive and be successful in today’s crazy world economy.Some of my favorite change agent writers are Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Gary Hamel and Guy Kawasaki. I welcome the opportunity to meet new people, to further my own learning and to share ideas.On a personal note I am 47 years old, my other half Cheryl is an attorney in private practice and together we have three children, Michael age 20 and Joseph age 14 and our newest shock of an addition Julia, born 11/2/11.