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New Book Chapter About Our Fund!

Our Fund is the subject of a book chapter by Emily Garr Pacetti, formerly of our Fund and now with The Rockefeller Foundation, in Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII.

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.

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