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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Regionalism is always tough sell in Northeast Ohio. Even so, the need for Congress to pass a new federal transportation bill this summer gives the region a rare chance to speak with one voice on an issue that could shape a smarter future -- if it can rise to the occasion.

That was the message Friday from Building One Ohio, a non-partisan group that convened 150 mayors and other local elected officials from more than 40 municipalities across Northeast Ohio at the Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville.

Former U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, a middle-of-the-road Republican who spoke at the "Building One Ohio Regional Summit," said he saw infrastructure as a non-partisan issue.

Click here to read the full article at The Plain Dealer.