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MAGNET, Greater Cleveland Partnership Named Manufacturing Intermediary for Workforce Connect

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business

Magnet and the Greater Cleveland Partnership will work together on a countywide effort to better connect job-seekers and employers in the manufacturing sector.

The two groups were named as the manufacturing intermediary for Workforce Connect, a workforce development effort by a group of public and private partners in the county. The effort is supported by the Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Group, which includes the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, the Deaconess Foundation, the Fund for Our Economic Future, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board, Team NEO and United Way of Greater Cleveland, according to a news release. The funders group has made a commitment of up to $1.5 million, which is supplemented by the up to $1 million over the next three years that was approved by the Cuyahoga County Council.

Workforce Connect will be identifying what the release called a "sector intermediary" in high-priority fields. In Cuyahoga County, those fields are manufacturing, health care and information technology. The intermediaries for health care and IT are expected to be named in 2019.

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