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The Race for Economic Opportunity is About to Begin. Who is Ready?

Our Fund's Kevin Alin and Peter Truog write on the Brookings Institution blog about new federal program Opportunity Zones and its potential to shape the landscape of inclusive economic growth across the country.

Let Us Be Both Inclusive and Extraordinary: A Challenge for 2018 and Beyond

Newly appointed Fund Chair Mark Samolczyk of Stark Community Foundation reflects on what made 2017 such a big year for Stark County, and how he anticipates building on this momentum in 2018 and beyond. 

From Analysis to Action

Incorporating the findings from our Fund's Job Creation Growth & Opportunity Impact Assessment

Seeing the Whole Picture

A map of Northeast Ohio's job hubs is a starting point to understanding where we should prioritize future business expansion, public transportation, workforce services, and other community assets so that we can improve connections of people and jobs.

Zeroing in on Job Hubs: How Communities Can Improve Their Competitiveness

On the Brookings Institution's blog, The Avenue, our President Brad Whitehead reflects on how understanding where a region's job hubs are and priortizing those best positoined for growth can improve a community's economic competitiveness.

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.

No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car

Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.

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.

What's the Role of EDOs in Inclusive Growth?

Pete Carlson, president of Regional Growth Strategies, explores the role of economic development organizations in driving inclusive growth, or, as we at the Fund call it, Growth & Opportunity.

Summer Internship Smorgasbord

Summer intern Madison Scagnetti, reflects on her experiences at the Fund.

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