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Looking Back, Moving Forward

“Once upon a time, there was no regional Northeast Ohio identity, no shared economic agenda, and no way for many philanthropic institutions to contribute to improving

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

This post was originally published on the Brookings Institution’s blog, The Avenue, on August 22, 2017.   Regular readers of Brookings research know that improving regional

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Reflections on Racial Inequality and My Foundation’s Work

Recently, I attended a two-day seminar from the Racial Equity Institute (REI) of Greensboro, North Carolina, that provided a detailed history of the policies and systems

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Northeast Ohio’s Startup Ecosystem: The Visible and The Invisible

This article previously appeared on MeetingoftheMinds.org and is reprinted with permission.   I travel frequently on behalf of Burton D Morgan Foundation, visiting other regions in the United States

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Wanted: Innovative Ideas to Fight Poverty

By Margaret Eigsti, Program Officer, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland One in three Cleveland residents and over half of the city’s children live in poverty.

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Making Effective Collaboration Possible

Are you tired of hearing you should collaborate? It’s understandable. As philanthropic leaders, it can sometimes feel like we’re told to collaborate as often as children

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5 Ways Akron is Redefining Entrepreneurship

This post originally appeared on the Meeting of the Minds blog on May 11, 2017. Akron, Ohio, like many legacy cities, experienced a rougher-than-average blow with

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Northeast Ohio Sentiments on Poverty

Compared to 30 years ago, do you think it is easier or more difficult today for a person to start poor, work hard and get out

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Lessons from the Hometown Summit

I recently joined a group of civically-engaged Akronites on a trek to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Hometown Summit, a convening

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No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car

In the last eight months, I have put 12,736 miles on my car for my job, which requires me to travel and engage with civic leaders

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