Explaining the Cost of Living Myth

"The combination of our growth patterns and lack of transit options come with significant consequences. Not only are our residents facing comparatively higher costs of living, but this geographic disconnect means people are cut off from jobs, and businesses are cut off from talent," writes Fund President Brad Whitehead in this column for Community Leader magazine.

Lessons from the Hometown Summit

Fund Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow Heather Roszczyk shares her top five takeaways from the recent Hometown Summit, a gathering for community leaders from small and mid-sized cities, in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car

Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.

Can Separate Communities Achieve Results Through Collaboration?

Charlottesville Tomorrow reports on the Tom Tom Founders Festival's closing panel on collaboration, on which our President Brad Whitehead was a speaker.

Leadership Akron Alumni Association honors Kirstin Toth, Nick Browning with Distinguished Leader Award

Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation and chair of our Fund's Evaluation and Resource Allocation Committee, to be honored by Leadership Akron with Distinguished Leader Award.

We Are a Learning Laboratory

Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.

2016 Annual Report: A Learning Laboratory

2016 - The Fund for Our Economic Future is in many ways a "learning laboratory," where philanthropy comes together to advance and share research on how to increase Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness; test new approaches to solving age-old problems; learn from one another what works in other parts of the region and put those lessons into action; and work with local communities to strengthen assets and build capacity on the ground in ways that connect to the regional economy. Underpinning all of this is our commitment to Growth & Opportunity (G&O for short) -- which is at the heart of our 2016-2018 Strategic Direction. Read more on our progress in this year's report. 

Incentives Aren't Key Driver in Biz Moves

"The most important thing is that we keep companies in the region. But in order to do that, we have to have a philosophy that recognizes we're all on the same team," said our President Brad Whitehead in this Crain's Cleveland Business story on business relocation decisions. 


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