A Whole Lot of Collaboration Going On

Collaboration is everywhere, and appears to mean just about anything. Suffice to say, there’s a whole lot of collaboration going on. But what does the Fund for Our Economic Future mean when it says it supports collaborations that advance Growth & Opportunity? Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson explains. 

Working Toward Growth & Opportunity with the Fund for Our Economic Future

The Intersector Project Blog featured our Fund's new video highlighting the need for both economic growth and increased access to opportunity for all residents in order for regions to prosper.

Leaders Convene at CEO Workshop in Pittsburgh to Tackle Inequality

Fund President Brad Whitehead was featured in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about a CEOs for Cities workshop, during which he spoke on what it takes to achieve Growth & Opportunity, and why both are needed for a strong economy. The workshop attracted nearly 300 civic leaders from 40 cities, including several from Northeast Ohio, to discuss strategies for promoting inclusive economic growth.

Is There Time to Get Design and Planning Right for Opportunity Corridor?

A May 29, story in The Plain Dealer delves deeper into the issue of spurring economic development in the Opportunity Corridor, citing our Fund's $150,000 grant to help develop an Economic Growth Strategy.

Planners Seek to Avoid Lining Opportunity Corridor with Payday Lenders, Other Undesirable Uses

A May 27 story in The Plain Dealer talks about the efforts underway "to realize the economic and aesthetic potential" of Opportunity Corridor, a $331 million, 3.5-mile roadway scheduled to be complete in 2019. The article mentions the $150,000 grant the Fund for Our Economic Future has made to support the development of an Economic Growth Strategy for the areas surrounding the Corridor.  

Fund Releases RFP for Evaluation of TalentNEO Pilot

The Fund for Our Economic Future, in partnership with Towards Employment, invites your consideration of a request for proposal (RFP) for an evaluation of the TalentNEO initiative to be conducted over a two-year period (July 17, 2015 – June 30, 2017).

Fund for Our Economic Future Expresses Support of New Team NEO CEO

CLEVELAND--June 5, 2015--The Fund for our Economic Future (the Fund), a philanthropic collaboration dedicated to advancing economic growth and increased access to opportunity in Northeast Ohio, on Friday expressed its support of the new CEO of Team NEO, William "Bill" R. Koehler. The Fund is a partner in Team NEO, a collaborative effort between Northeast Ohio's business and philanthropic sectors and JobsOhio. 

Fund for Our Economic Future Approves Grants to Support Two Workforce Development Pilots

CLEVELAND--June 3, 2015--Members of the Fund for our Economic Future (the Fund), a philanthropic collaboration, have approved grants of up-to $700,000 to support two workforce development pilots designed to help Northeast Ohio residents get, keep and advance in jobs, and ensure the region's talent pool is a comparative advantage for companies. Specifically, the approved grants will go to Towards Employment, a Cleveland-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment, in support of the WorkAdvance and TalentNEO pilot programs. 

A Model Survey

In this guest blog post, Jim Rokakis and Paul Boehnlein of Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Thriving Communities Institute describe a recent undertaking in Akron to survey all 97,000 of the city's parcels. This type of information can help civic leaders across Northeast Ohio make wise development decisions that lead to jobs for those residents who need them the most.


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