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Economic competitiveness

The Bad Business of Northeast Ohio Sprawl

Green City Blue Lake takes a look at our Fund's latest report on job access in Northeast Ohio, and some of the intial reactions and takeaways of community leaders.

My Summer Working for the Fund

One of the coolest aspects of working as an intern for the Fund for Our Economic Future has been the numerous opportunities to gain up-close and personal insight into not only the philanthropic organizations working to promote Growth & Opportunity in Northeast Ohio, but also the innovative companies and collectives driving economic competitiveness in the region. 

Growth & Opportunity (Emphasis on the Ampersand)

In Growth & Opportunity, the emphasis is on the ampersand. "That's the special part--and the most challenging," writes Jeff Linton, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations at Forest City Enterprises, a member of the Fund, in this blog post for CEOs for Cities

We're All Connected

In this guest blog post, John T. Petures Jr., president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation, writes about the importance of understanding the specific issues affecting our region’s individual communities, as well as their interconnectedness, in order to address them properly. He shares findings from the Foundation's recent report, Creating Measurable Community Impact, which examines and evaluates immediate and emerging issues facing Summit County.   

Growth and Opportunity: Northeast Ohio's Imperative

Robert Jaquay, associate director of the George Gund Foundation and vice president of our Fund, writes on Brookings' The Avenue blog that in our Growth & Opportunity approach to transforming the economy, "core cities will not be left behind." We must improve job creation, preparation and access on the local level and use these learnings to influence other efforts around the region.

A Safe Place to Practice

This month, Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement for the Fund, Mark Scheffler, president of Leadership Akron, and Marcy Levy Shankman, director of Leadership Cleveland, described their work to promote collaborative civic leadership in an essay published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Better Together

Our new chair, Brian Frederick, shares his thoughts on what it means to be a part of the Fund and why he is so invigorated by what the future holds. 

Growth & Opportunity: Connecting Disconnected Populations to the Economy

Our Fund's Brad Whitehead wrote this post for Living Cities in response to a group blogging event, which asked, “What will it take to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster?” His answer: Growth & Opportunity.

Northeast Ohio's Network, a Work in Progress

In early December, the Brookings Institution released The Metropolitan Revolution on paperback. In conjunction with the release, Brookings asked Fund President Brad Whitehead to give an update on how the Northeast Ohio network, featured prominently in the book, is doing. He wrote this blog post about the new Team NEO and our region's ever-evolving network.

A Reimagining of Philanthropy's Role

Dr. John Patrick Bailey, director of the Foundation Center-Cleveland, gives an outside perspective on our Fund's role in "reimagining philanthropic engagement" in Northeast Ohio. This post originally appeared on the Foundation Center-Cleveland's blog. It is reproduced in its entirety here.

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