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Opportunity

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.

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.

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. 

'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.

Confronting Economic Polarization in Northeast Ohio

"Let's make sure the lasting story [in Northeast Ohio] is not 'a tale of two cities,' but a tale of many cities and towns and villages and counties withing one region working together to create both growth and opportunity for all of our residents," Fund President Brad Whitehead wrote in this recent blog for Policy Matters Ohio. 

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.   

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