"Let's make sure the lasting story [in Northeast Ohio] is not 'a tale of two cities,' but a tale of many cities and towns and villages and counties withing one region working together to create both growth and opportunity for all of our residents," Fund President Brad Whitehead wrote in this recent blog for Policy Matters Ohio.
Chris Thompson, Fund director of regional engagement, and Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO of Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, make a case for going beyond programmatic grants in this post on Exponent Philanthropy's blog.
One of the coolest aspects of working as an intern for the Fund for Our Economic Future has been the numerous opportunities to gain up-close and personal insight into not only the philanthropic organizations working to promote Growth & Opportunity in Northeast Ohio, but also the innovative companies and collectives driving economic competitiveness in the region.
In Growth & Opportunity, the emphasis is on the ampersand. "That's the special part--and the most challenging," writes Jeff Linton, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations at Forest City Enterprises, a member of the Fund, in this blog post for CEOs for Cities.
Collaboration is everywhere, and appears to mean just about anything. Suffice to say, there’s a whole lot of collaboration going on. But what does the Fund for Our Economic Future mean when it says it supports collaborations that advance Growth & Opportunity? Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson explains.
In this guest blog post, Jim Rokakis and Paul Boehnlein of Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Thriving Communities Institute describe a recent undertaking in Akron to survey all 97,000 of the city's parcels. This type of information can help civic leaders across Northeast Ohio make wise development decisions that lead to jobs for those residents who need them the most.
Our Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, writes on The Intersector Project Blog that public officials are well positioned to help their communities address the three keys to successful collaborations.
The Intersector Project Executive Director Neil Britto asked a provocative question recently in RouteFifty: Are those of us who seek to improve cross-sector collaboration in the United States to improve public welfare forgetting what could be our most important client — the public sector? Our Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, responds with his own observations on engaging the public sector in cross-sector collaborations here.
In this guest blog post, John T. Petures Jr., president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation, writes about the importance of understanding the specific issues affecting our region’s individual communities, as well as their interconnectedness, in order to address them properly. He shares findings from the Foundation's recent report, Creating Measurable Community Impact, which examines and evaluates immediate and emerging issues facing Summit County.
Robert Jaquay, associate director of the George Gund Foundation and vice president of our Fund, writes on Brookings' The Avenue blog that in our Growth & Opportunity approach to transforming the economy, "core cities will not be left behind." We must improve job creation, preparation and access on the local level and use these learnings to influence other efforts around the region.