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Economic competitiveness

A Grand Experiment: Reflections from Our Former Chair

Our outgoing Chair Brian Frederick leaves behind challenge for future Fund leaders: "Be bold and use this remarkable vehicle as a transformative agent for the entire Northeast Ohio community."

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Our Fund is as important today for the future of our region as it was 13 years ago when it started, and our region’s biggest challenges will benefit from collaborative philanthropy.

Seeing the Whole Picture

A map of Northeast Ohio's job hubs is a starting point to understanding where we should prioritize future business expansion, public transportation, workforce services, and other community assets so that we can improve connections of people and jobs.

Zeroing in on Job Hubs: How Communities Can Improve Their Competitiveness

On the Brookings Institution's blog, The Avenue, our President Brad Whitehead reflects on how understanding where a region's job hubs are and priortizing those best positoined for growth can improve a community's economic competitiveness.

Northeast Ohio's Startup Ecosystem: The Visible and The Invisible

Deborah Hoover, of Fund member the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, writes about the startup ecosystem in Northeast Ohio, of which we're proud to be a long-time supporter. Learn more from this Meeting of the Minds post.

Making Effective Collaboration Possible

Using our Fund's Collaboration Handbook, "you can actually walk through whether the right preconditions exist for a collaboration to be possible and how, if it is, to make sure it’s successful," writes Mark Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation and vice chair of our Fund, on the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog. 

No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car

Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.

We Are a Learning Laboratory

Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.

Collaboration, Not Coblaboration

Chris Thompson of Civic Collaboration Consultants reflects on the essential elements of effective collaboration, or how to avoid its evil twin, coblaboration, in this post on the Tamarack Institute's blog.

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.

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