Our economy is regional, but Northeast Ohio is not one place.
Since the beginning, we've sought a strategic balance between building the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio and strengthening local communities’ connections to a thriving regional economy.
To do this effectively, we work with communities to leverage the regional capacity we've helped build and to understand how we can better embed Growth & Opportunity at the local level. This is not a one-size-fits-all formula; rather, it requires a diverse approach depending on the local community assets and needs.
One example is our Growth & Opportunity: Akron effort. Because of the relative size of Akron and the strength of that community’s assets, we believe our efforts in Akron can help us demonstrate the value of working simultaneously at the local and regional level.
As we advance work locally, it is critical we do so against stiff criteria, which our members have developed under the guidance of our Regional Engagement Committee. If interested in learning more about this work or how our Fund might be able to help build capacity in your community, contact Director of Regional Engagement Kevin Alin.