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Brent Larkin Brings Population Loss, Blight to Forefront

The former editorial director of The Plain Dealer recently wrote a worth-reading two-part series on some of the ills plaguing Northeast Ohio. In the first piece, he says that "Cleveland's steep drop in population has not been followed by a corresponding decline in the expenditures required to service its residents and maintain an infrastructure that once served nearly a million residents." He also names Fund President Brad Whitehead as one of "at least a dozen deep thinkers on issues relating to population, blight and the future of Rust Belt regions" in Northeast Ohio. The second piece focuses on the staggering costs associated with falling property values and abandoned homes

Connecting More People to Work in Greater New Haven

Referencing a post by our Fund's Emily Garr Pacetti on the Living Cities blog, this op-ed in the CTMirror highlights the utility of data mapping. The author shares a resource that enables users to filter jobs in the area by mode of travel, maximum travel time, industry, and worker education, underscoring the importance of mapping in unlocking successful strategies that maximize job access.

A Tale of 273 Cities

Notes from the Underground author Jason Segedy explores the ongoing battle between regions and cities, and makes a strong case for why core cities matter. 

Jobs and the Intersector

The Intersector Project blog recently referenced our Emily Garr Pacetti's post on Living Cities, saying that it presents a persuasive case for the connection between intersector collaboration and job creation. The Intersector Project Chairman Frank Weil expanded on this topic. His entry is re-posted below in its entirety.

WANTED: Job, Training and a Bus Pass

In a new post on Living Cities, our Director of Research and Evaluation Emily Garr Pacetti explores how recent research tells us that innovation and education are critical to long-term economic growth (income, gross metropolitan product and productivity), and that more must be done to ensure that low-income people are prepared with the skills they need to compete in today's marketplace.

Striving to Be a "First Mover"

Our Fund's Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson shares learnings from a recent Brookings Institution Forum with other U.S. metros on the challenges facing each region's economic growth efforts.  

Growth & Opportunity Framing Paper

In a new publication from the Fund for Our Economic Future, Director of Research and Evaluation Emily Garr Pacetti distills the growing body of research indicating a link between economic inequality and economic growth, and offers up a "Growth & Opportunity" framework as a lens through which practitioners might think about collaborative approaches to address this issue. Connecting growth and opportunity requires a significant shift in how communities work together, Garr Pacetti writes, to design and implement their economic and community development strategies around job creation, job preparation and job access.

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