Strengthening Workplaces - An initiative of the Fund for Our Economic Future

We’re developing strategies for attracting, developing and retaining talent for a stronger, more resilient region, as informed by Northeast Ohio’s workforce.

The Fund for Our Economic Future is

a creative space

for philanthropic funders and civic leaders
to explore what matters and implement what works

to achieve equitable economic growth

emphasizing systemic, long-term change.

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In the News

National Skills Coalition Announces Bishara Addison as Recipient of Alma Salazar Bridge Builder Award

This award is given to a member of NSC’s network who exemplifies Dr. Salazar’s commitment to bringing together uncommon allies in support of inclusive skills policy. 
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Cleveland aims to build a $100 million site fund. Here’s how it would work

"I think reinvestment in enabling economic activity in the city is one of the most people-centered investments we can do."
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Mayor Bibb’s development plan could benefit from national business trends

by Frank W. Lewis for Signal Cleveland Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb proposed investing $50 million of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in an ambitious plan to
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Closing Northeast Ohio’s racial wealth gap is a social, moral and economic endeavor

Racial income gaps are a social, moral and economic concern, said Bethia Burke, president of the Fund for Our Economic Future. Regions with wider gaps on measures like these fare worse.
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To bring jobs back to Cleveland, we must create space for them

Shrinking economies of core cities should matter to anyone who cares about the economic future of Northeast Ohio, city of Cleveland resident or not, because place matters for economic growth.
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Strengthening Workplaces

The launch of Strengthening Workplaces as we move into 2023 marks a deliberate and important transition baked into the way we work at the Fund for Our Economic Future: Taking what we learned in our efforts to understand what matters to explore and implement what works.
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Where Are the Teachers?

How did Northeast Ohio educators fare in the pandemic, and what do they want and need out of work? Here’s what they told us.
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Jobs to People; People to Jobs

The coverage emphasizes the economic imperative of growing job hubs and advancing mobility solutions, strategies shaped and advanced by the Fund for Our Economic Future for more than a decade.
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