Elevating the Conversation on Economic Success

Emily Garr Pacetti, our director of research and evaluation, writes about how research, our own and that of others, challenged us to raise the bar on economic opportunity beyond “jobs.” We propose a Growth & Opportunity framework that bridges the disconnect between the “growth camp” (economic development agencies, chambers of commerce) and “opportunity camp” (social service providers, non-profits, and foundations) at two levels: cross-sector collaboration and logal-regional collaboration. This post originally appeared on The Intersector Project blog.

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.


Subscribe to The Fund for our Economic Future RSS