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Workforce development

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.

Seeing Northeast Ohio in 3-D

President Brad Whitehead and our Fund's Job Creation/Regional Strategy Initiative Leader Deborah D. Hoover of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, reflect on how our region can make good on the vision of Northeast Ohio as a national leader in additive manufacturing by 2023.

Meet Our Summer Intern

I’m Madison Scagnetti, the Fund’s summer communications and development intern. The work I’ll be assisting with perfectly corresponds with my fields of study. I’m entering my junior year at Cleveland State University, double majoring in promotional communication and urban studies. This fall, I will apply for the BA+MPA program, which, upon acceptance, would allow me to begin graduate coursework. By doing so, I will complete my BA and Master of Public Administration in five years rather than in six.

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.

Conexus: Addressing the Job Preparation Question

While there is no easy answer to the question, "What can we do to make sure companies have the talent they need to succeed?"; Summit County leaders are committed to building one through Conexus.  

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. 

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.

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