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.

Nonprofits Are Making It Work by Collaborating; Magnet and Wire-Net Have Different Approaches, But Similar Goals for Region

"Our region's economy will be more competitive the more [MAGNET and WIRE-Net] and others can collaborate to create value for manufacturers,” says Fund Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson, in this May 3, 2015, Crain's Cleveland Business article.

Team NEO's Job Preparation Efforts Lag Behind State

“There is a lot of work to be done in the coming months to move from the recognition of this reality to having an effective way of working together that really leverages all of our regional strengths,” says Fund President Brad Whitehead in reference to Northeast Ohio's business development performance in this May 3, 2015, Crain's Cleveland Business article

Jobs in Northeast Ohio: Who's Getting Them and Why It Matters

Fund Director of Research and Evaluation Emily Garr Pacetti writes in this Plain Dealer op-ed that "research points the region to a loftier goal than just adding 'jobs.' Rather, we should invest in good jobs, while ensuring that all segments of the population have access to them."



Avoiding “Coblaboration:” How Engaging Public Sector Leaders Can Lead to Successful Cross-sector Collaborations

Our Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, writes on The Intersector Project Blog that public officials are well positioned to help their communities address the three keys to successful collaborations. 


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