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What's the Role of EDOs in Inclusive Growth?

Pete Carlson, president of Regional Growth Strategies, explores the role of economic development organizations in driving inclusive growth, or, as we at the Fund call it, Growth & Opportunity.

In Remembrance: Russ Pry, a Galvanizing Leader

Chris Thompson, former director of regional engagement at the Fund, reflects on the loss of our good partner and great friend Russ Pry.

New Models of Progress

Jeffrey Kruth, a senior urban designer at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, advocates for multimodal transit-friendly development and investment, the creation of new job centers, and sustainable green infrastructure at the scale of the neighborhoods along Opportunity Corridor. 

Roads Less Traveled

Gregory L. Brown, executive director of PolicyBridge, a Cleveland-based nonpartisan think tank, shares the recommendations that came out of its latest research and engagement project analyzing the spatial disconnection between employment opportunities in Northeast Ohio and unemployed residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods.

Conexus: Addressing the Job Preparation Question

While there is no easy answer to the question, "What can we do to make sure companies have the talent they need to succeed?"; Summit County leaders are committed to building one through Conexus.  

Three Major Takeaways from Akron 62.4

Mark Scheffler, president of Leadership Akron, writes about the changing nature of leadership in Akron, and other takeaways from a recent Knight Foundation/Greater Ohio Policy Center report on key trends in this city.

A Promising Path to Inclusive Growth

In this post on his Regional Growth Strategies blog, Pete Carlson writes that "small businesses already located in or near low-income communities may hold the key to unlocking good jobs for low-income residents."

Collaboration Check-up

Chris Thompson gives his Top 10 takeaways from the recent Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Collaboration Conference. It's a good reference for grantmakers who want to excel at collaboration.

Building Collaborative Leadership Skills: A Primer

The second piece in a two-part series. For an introduction on how systems change requires collaborative leadership, click here.

Rewriting the Job Preparation Script

Our President Brad Whitehead writes on the Deaconess Foundation blog about the potential for new pilot program TalentNEO to alter hiring practices in ways that benefit businesses and create more job opportunities for those who need them the most. 

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