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Economic competitiveness

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.

Seeing Northeast Ohio in 3-D

President Brad Whitehead and our Fund's Job Creation/Regional Strategy Initiative Leader Deborah D. Hoover of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, reflect on how our region can make good on the vision of Northeast Ohio as a national leader in additive manufacturing by 2023.

More Than a Roadway

Good things in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor can certainly happen here.

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.

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.

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