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Economic growth

Getting Down to Basics: Literacy Skills and Our Region's Workforce

We cannot have a conversation about our region’s workforce—how to improve it, how to better connect it to available jobs—without first talking about literacy, stresses Kurt Karakul of Third Federal Foundation in this guest post.

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.

Opportunity Corridor: What Will it Take?

In the final installment of a two-part series on the Opportunity Corridor project, our research assistant, Cecile Murray, takes a look at other large-scale development projects around the country to inform her analysis of Census data and comes to a conclusion on the number and quality of jobs needed to lift up the economically distressed areas surrounding the project. 

Job Growth, Without Smart Planning, Can Still Leave Many Behind

Northeast Ohio, its economic challenges, and proposed solutions (inclusive growth strategies) are featured prominently in this post on the Confronting Suburban Poverty in America blog. Our Fund's Emily Garr Pacetti, director of research and evaluation, who was interviewed for the post, notes the "surprising disconnect between job growth and income gains that challenges this region and many others to look at growth more sustainably than in the past." Garr Pacetti says that "collaborative, and, importantly, regional approaches can better help connect growth and opportunity for residents." 

Elevating the Conversation on Economic Success

Emily Garr Pacetti, our director of research and evaluation, writes about how research, our own and that of others, challenged us to raise the bar on economic opportunity beyond “jobs.” We propose a Growth & Opportunity framework that bridges the disconnect between the “growth camp” (economic development agencies, chambers of commerce) and “opportunity camp” (social service providers, non-profits, and foundations) at two levels: cross-sector collaboration and logal-regional collaboration. This post originally appeared on The Intersector Project blog.

Connecting More People to Work in Greater New Haven

Referencing a post by our Fund's Emily Garr Pacetti on the Living Cities blog, this op-ed in the CTMirror highlights the utility of data mapping. The author shares a resource that enables users to filter jobs in the area by mode of travel, maximum travel time, industry, and worker education, underscoring the importance of mapping in unlocking successful strategies that maximize job access.

A Tale of 273 Cities

Notes from the Underground author Jason Segedy explores the ongoing battle between regions and cities, and makes a strong case for why core cities matter. 

Jobs and the Intersector

The Intersector Project blog recently referenced our Emily Garr Pacetti's post on Living Cities, saying that it presents a persuasive case for the connection between intersector collaboration and job creation. The Intersector Project Chairman Frank Weil expanded on this topic. His entry is re-posted below in its entirety.

WANTED: Job, Training and a Bus Pass

In a new post on Living Cities, our Director of Research and Evaluation Emily Garr Pacetti explores how recent research tells us that innovation and education are critical to long-term economic growth (income, gross metropolitan product and productivity), and that more must be done to ensure that low-income people are prepared with the skills they need to compete in today's marketplace.

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