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Economic polarization

The Geography of Growth

Our President Brad Whitehead writes guest post on the Living Cities blog looking at the geography of job growth and its implications. "In the wake of the recession, evidence suggests that middle-skill job growth has continued farther and farther away from our core cities," he writes. If we are to sustain our nascent revival and restore economic vibrancy to our communities, we must start a conversation across our cities, suburbs and surrounding communities about the spatial aspects of growth. While any job might seem like a good thing, any job anywhere can be a disastrous strategy in the long term.

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.

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." 

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