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Business Assistance Groups Refocus on Urban Core

Economic development goups, including the Fund for Our Economic Future, have a renewed commitment to re-energizing our region's core cities. "It's not only the right thing to do — it's the economically sensible thing to do,” said Fund President Brad Whitehead. 

Ronald S. Kopp and Mark Scheffler: Leadership Akron at Work Preparing a New Generation of Leaders

Leadership Akron Chair Ronald Kopp, a partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, and President Mark Scheffler, write in the Akron Beacon Journal about the city's evolving leadership base and the importance of empowering a new generation of leaders in Akron  

They also talk about the importance of practicing, not just supporting, collaborative leadership. "The Fund, Leadership Akron and the Cleveland Leadership Center have been developing new learning opportunities for leaders to hone this set of skills," the authors write.

 

Getting Down to Basics: Literacy Skills and Our Region's Workforce

We cannot have a conversation about our region’s workforce—how to improve it, how to better connect it to available jobs—without first talking about literacy, stresses Kurt Karakul of Third Federal Foundation in this guest post.

Layer Cakes and Funder Collaborations

Funder collaboratives are a lot like layer cakes. As our Fund enters its second decade, we have much to celebrate for our members have built and sustained a mighty layer cake, writes Chris Thompson, our director of regional engagement.

Who to Watch in Nonprofits: Bethia Burke, Director of Grants and Emerging Initiatives, Fund for Our Economic Future

Crain's Cleveland Business named Bethia Burke, our Fund's director of grants and emerging initiatives, among those to watch in the nonprofit sector in Northeast Ohio. We always knew Bethia was great; you can read why here

Annual Review Rates 300 Global Metro Economies, Including Cleveland

ideastream's Brian Bull covers the Brookings Institution's list of the world's 300 largest metro economies--which include Cleveland and Akron. The Fund for our Economic Future is mentioned as an example of a successful collaboration that has "brought different types of partners together focused on growing the local economy."

Panel Discusses Regional Economic Development

The Akron Legal News highlighted the regional economic success story of Vadxx--a Cleveland company with facilities in Akron and operations around the world that has received support from a network of economic development intermediaries--and others in this recount of the City Club/Akron Press Club event on our Fund.  

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