3 Commit $100,000 to Fund for Our Economic Future

By Dennis LaRue, The Business Journal

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull 100 and the Youngstown Foundation have jointly committed $100,000 over three years to the Fund for Our Economic Future, Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, announced Tuesday.

The Wean Foundation, Warren, renewed its membership last March by committing $100,000 over three years, said Roller, also regional engagement leader of the fund, which serves 18 counties in northeastern Ohio.

The Fund for Our Economic Future, founded in 2004 and based in Cleveland, describes itself an “an alliance of [50] funders – foundations, corporations, universities, health care systems, business and civic associations, [local] governments and individuals – who pool their resources and [knowledge] to advance economic growth and increase access to opportunity for the people of northeastern Ohio through job creation, job preparation and job access.”

Most recently it provided a $20,000 grant to the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, better known as TBEIC (pronounced T-Bike) in Warren. Even before that grant, the fund provided support for its creation, said Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, in Cleveland.

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