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A Balanced, Coordinated Menu of Workforce Services

Bethia Burke, the Fund's director of strategy and resource allocation, implores: Let's find ways to work together and use resources more efficiently so individuals can access a well-balanced set of workforce services. The WorkAdvance model is a good place to start.

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.

The Stars Align in Akron

Conexus is the new brand for an effort in Summit County that ties together many things important to a community's vibrancy: workforce, education, business retention and expansion, prosperity.

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.

Rewriting the Job Preparation Script

Our President Brad Whitehead writes on the Deaconess Foundation blog about the potential for new pilot program TalentNEO to alter hiring practices in ways that benefit businesses and create more job opportunities for those who need them the most. 

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. 

A Model Survey

In this guest blog post, Jim Rokakis and Paul Boehnlein of Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Thriving Communities Institute describe a recent undertaking in Akron to survey all 97,000 of the city's parcels. This type of information can help civic leaders across Northeast Ohio make wise development decisions that lead to jobs for those residents who need them the most.

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.

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.

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. 

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