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.
This month, Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement for the Fund, Mark Scheffler, president of Leadership Akron, and Marcy Levy Shankman, director of Leadership Cleveland, described their work to promote collaborative civic leadership in an essay published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
We cannot have a conversation about our region’s workforce—how to improve it, how to better connect it to available jobs—without first talking about literacy, stresses Kurt Karakul of Third Federal Foundation in this guest post.
Funder collaboratives are a lot like layer cakes. As our Fund enters its second decade, we have much to celebrate for our members have built and sustained a mighty layer cake, writes Chris Thompson, our director of regional engagement.
Our Fund's Brad Whitehead wrote this post for Living Cities in response to a group blogging event, which asked, “What will it take to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster?” His answer: Growth & Opportunity.
In early December, the Brookings Institution released The Metropolitan Revolution on paperback. In conjunction with the release, Brookings asked Fund President Brad Whitehead to give an update on how the Northeast Ohio network, featured prominently in the book, is doing. He wrote this blog post about the new Team NEO and our region's ever-evolving network.
Our President Brad Whitehead writes guest post on the Living Cities blog looking at the geography of job growth and its implications. "In the wake of the recession, evidence suggests that middle-skill job growth has continued farther and farther away from our core cities," he writes. If we are to sustain our nascent revival and restore economic vibrancy to our communities, we must start a conversation across our cities, suburbs and surrounding communities about the spatial aspects of growth. While any job might seem like a good thing, any job anywhere can be a disastrous strategy in the long term.