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Leadership Akron Alumni Association honors Kirstin Toth, Nick Browning with Distinguished Leader Award

Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation and chair of our Fund's Evaluation and Resource Allocation Committee, to be honored by Leadership Akron with Distinguished Leader Award.

We Are a Learning Laboratory

Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.

2016 Annual Report: A Learning Laboratory

2016 - The Fund for Our Economic Future is in many ways a "learning laboratory," where philanthropy comes together to advance and share research on how to increase Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness; test new approaches to solving age-old problems; learn from one another what works in other parts of the region and put those lessons into action; and work with local communities to strengthen assets and build capacity on the ground in ways that connect to the regional economy. Underpinning all of this is our commitment to Growth & Opportunity (G&O for short) -- which is at the heart of our 2016-2018 Strategic Direction. Read more on our progress in this year's report. 

Incentives Aren't Key Driver in Biz Moves

"The most important thing is that we keep companies in the region. But in order to do that, we have to have a philosophy that recognizes we're all on the same team," said our President Brad Whitehead in this Crain's Cleveland Business story on business relocation decisions. 

Akron's Innovators Get Some National Recognition

Heather Roszczyk, our Fund's Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow, and President Brad Whitehead, will be participating, along with an esteemed group of Akron innovators, in the Hometown Summit, a national conference sponsored by University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Read more from Crain's.

Fund for Our Economic Future Elects Suzanne Rivera of Case Western Reserve University to Executive Committee

The members of the Fund for Our Economic Future elected Dr. Suzanne Rivera of Case Western Reserve University as a new at-large representative to the Executive Committee. The Fund also re-elected Chair Brian Frederick of the Community Foundation of Lorain County and announced 2016 job creation results.  

Finding a Better Way to Move from 'Jobs' to 'Careers'

WCPN features segment on the Fund-supported WorkAdvance pilot, which demonstrated a better way to deliver workforce services that results in higher earnings for workers and better connections to talent for employers.

Creative transit solutions needed to bring people to the jobs in Greater Cleveland: Peter Truog (Opinion)

"... bringing 'jobs to people' is only half of the story; we must also bring 'people to jobs,'" writes our Fund's Director of Civic Innovation and Insight Peter Truog in this opinion piece for The Plain Dealer.

Fund for Our Economic Future Creates New Resource for Collaboration

The Fund also sponsors individualized learning sessions for five organizations.

The Power of Collaboration

On page 24 of the latest issue of Community Leader, our President Brad Whitehead discusses the promising results of the WorkAdvance pilot our Fund supported--promising enough to cross party lines for. 

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