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Making Effective Collaboration Possible

Using our Fund's Collaboration Handbook, "you can actually walk through whether the right preconditions exist for a collaboration to be possible and how, if it is, to make sure it’s successful," writes Mark Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation and vice chair of our Fund, on the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog. 

Personal View: Job Hubs Offer Shared Approach

In this Personal View piece for Crain's Cleveland Business, Director of Civic Innovation and Insight Peter Truog writes about the powerful potential of civic leaders across multiple sectors all using the same definition of job hubs to guide future decision making. 

5 Ways Akron is Redefining Entrepreneurship

Heather Roszczyk, our Fund's Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow, dispels myths about the entrepreneurship scene there and shares insights on why now's a great time to start something in Akron, in this post for the Meeting of the Minds blog.

Coalition Selling Region on Jobs Task Force

"Where (qualified job candidates) are matters," said Bethia Burke, director of strategy and resource allocation at our Fund in this Crain's Cleveland Business article on the potential to concentrate growth around job hubs in the region so that we might improve residents' access to jobs and employers' access to talent. "It matters for economic competitiveness, and the trends are not in our favor."

Northeast Ohio Sentiments on Poverty

ideastream's latest Listening Project focused on the Northeast Ohio community's sentiments on poverty. Mike Shafarenko, formerly of the Fund and now manager of civic engagement, web and social media at ideastream, shares some of the interesting conclusions that emerged through the process.

New Book Chapter About Our Fund!

Our Fund is the subject of a book chapter by Emily Garr Pacetti, formerly of our Fund and now with The Rockefeller Foundation, in Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII.

Explaining the Cost of Living Myth

"The combination of our growth patterns and lack of transit options come with significant consequences. Not only are our residents facing comparatively higher costs of living, but this geographic disconnect means people are cut off from jobs, and businesses are cut off from talent," writes Fund President Brad Whitehead in this column for Community Leader magazine.

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