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New Data on Economic Polarization Underscore Need for ‪‎Growth and Opportunity

Growth & Opportunity is an economic imperative as much as it is an ethical one, writes Fund member Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

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."

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. 

'Economic Opportunity for All’ Includes Our Region’s Rural Areas, Too

What’s working: Wayne County is driving economic growth and creating opportunities for all.

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

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.

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.

Growth & Opportunity in Akron

In this guest post on the GAR Foundation blog, Chris Thompson, our director of regional engagement, talks about what Growth & Opportunity means for greater Akron.

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.

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