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Connecting people & communities to economic opportunity
Cleveland-based Towards Employment seeks a Program Manager for Pathways to Work, a new U.S. Department of Labor-funded initiative that provides comprehensive career services for individuals in work release programs. Click here for more information or email your resume and letter of interest to Robin Smalley.
The Fund for Our Economic Future's synthesis of research on the connection between economic growth and opportunity. The paper outlines our framework for how to take a collaborative approach to building stronger, more equitable local and regional economies through job creation, job preparation and job access efforts.
Leaders in Summit County, Ohio, are pursuing a Growth & Opportunity agenda by strengthening the capacity and performance of job preparation efforts that serve residents of Akron and the rest of the county. The Fund for Our Economic Future (the Fund) has joined County Executive Russ Pry and other key stakeholders to transform the county's job preparation system into a competitive advantage for businesses and residents.
Summit County Executive Russ Pry, others working on workforce redesign
Lessons learned in Summit County will be shared with other communities across Northeast Ohio.
At the request of Summit County-based stakeholders, the Fund has retained Pete Carlson of Regional Growth Strategies to assess the quality and effectiveness of efforts within the public, private and nonprofit sectors to understand and meet the talent needs of companies in the county. Over the next few months, Carlson will meet with key players, including educators, employers and government officials, to better understand what is working well and what isn't within the county. Based on that assessment, Carlson will recommend actions to improve the job preparation system within six-month, two-year and five-year time frames.
Carlson has led workforce efforts at the federal, state and community level for groups ranging from the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Walmart Foundation and the National Alliance of Business.
For more information on this and other Growth & Opportunity work in Akron and Summit County, contact the Fund for Our Economic Future's Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson.
Talent and Inequality
In a recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog, Roger Martin opines on the connection between talent and inequality. "Talent has become the critical force in the economic equation, more important than either raw materials and labor, and a worthy if not overwhelming adversary for capital," he writes. Martin, the Premier's Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness and Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, goes into more detail on the role talent plays in the economy in "The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy," in the October issue of the Harvard Business Review.
Also, check out this new site from the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Still in development, GrowthPolicy.orgwill serve as a repository for scholarly work from Harvard on the subject of economic growth. See sidebar at left for more tools and resources.
The Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-30, will feature a keynote address by Richard Reeves, Economic Studies Fellow and Policy Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. Reeves authored a recent essay on social mobility, "Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream." Click here for more on the conference.
Last Chance: Workforce Conference
A conference on "Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century," hosted by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, is coming up,
The Close It Summit, presented by Innovate+Educate, will take place Oct. 26-28, at The Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The Summit is designed to help industry, education, workforce, government, youth innovators, foundations, and social impact organizations create new pathways from education to employment. This year's conference will focus on youth employment, skills and credentials in high demand fields, increasing access and opportunity to curriculum and training, and the importance of soft skills. Register here!
Save the Date: 2015 Policy Summit
The Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Philadelphia and Richmond will host the 2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital and Inequality, June 18-19, 2015, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Plan to join academics, bankers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the country for conversations on key issues affecting our communities. Details to come on a call for papers, agenda, registration, and keynote speakers. Click here for information on the most recent policy summit.