Copley Township, in cooperation with the cities of Barberton and Norton, has created the joint dispatch center, Southwest Summit Communications, that handles all police, fire and EMS calls for all three communities. The center is funded by payments from the member communities on a cost sharing formula based on number of calls. Karen Gregorcic is the administrator of the center. The $600,000 cost of the center was split equally by the three communities. These funds came from a zero interest Local Government Innovation Fund Loan from the State of Ohio. The "next generation" equipment at the center would have cost each community several hundred thousand dollars apiece. The expenditure for 24/7 staffing is no more than the cost of operating three separate dispatch centers.