Cuyahoga County to offer vendor ethics training

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced the first vendor ethics training offered by the county, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

The training will be at the Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium.

The general theme is that bribes are bad.

This is the first in a series of training that will be offered to businesses already doing business with county government, or who wish to do so. This first session is specific to construction vendors.

"We are training our employees on the ethics code and training vendors who want to do business with the county," said FitzGerald. "This training is the next step in establishing a new culture and higher expectations for Cuyahoga County. We are positioning county government to become a business environment that is open to fair competition as well as efficient and effective in the procurement of goods and services. The county would also like to acknowledge the Cleveland Public Library for hosting this event and supporting this initiative."

The new Cuyahoga County Inspector General, Nailah Byrd, will be presenting to the vendors on what the expectations are for county vendor interaction moving forward. In addition, the U.S. Attorneys office is partnering with the county on this initiative and will also be offering insight to participating vendors.

Vendors can find more information and can register on-line by visiting <> and looking for the link for "Contractor Vendor Ethics Training Registration." Interested vendors who have a question about registering should contact Inspector General Nailah K. Byrd at (216) 698-2101.

The training is being done in conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Business Ethics Coalition, of which Cuyahoga County is a member. The Coalition started last year as an effort to eliminate unethical business practices through enhanced training and education.

"We continue to transform our region into a place where shakedowns are met not with silence and acquiescence, but with outrage and resistance," said United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, who helped organize the Coalition. "Just as we do drug prevention by talking to kids in school, we are working with the business community and our public institutions to try to stop bribes and kickbacks before they occur."

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