The Metropolitan Revolution describes how cities and regions are taking hold of their economic futures with local solutions. Crucial to the effort is a leadership network across the public, private and civic sectors.

The book also describes the network of stakeholders working to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio as a work in progress. Our network is and always will be evolving, as is our regional economy.

In November, network partners announced a particularly significant evolution.

Dozens of network members agreed to merge two existing regional economic intermediaries, Team NEO and NorTech, and add new capacities to enhance regional job creation and job preparation efforts. The new entity will retain the Team NEO name, symbolizing that regional economic competitiveness is truly a team sport.

The collaboration I am fortunate enough to serve—the Fund for Our Economic Future—joined with our region’s business-led organizations and corporate leaders to design this new strategy after it became clear that our decade of progress was insufficient for true transformation: the kind that would position us to outperform the national economy. While we had worked together to rebuild our region’s entrepreneurial culture, promote the rapid growth of our emerging bioscience industry cluster, and spur more innovation by our small- to mid-sized manufacturers rigorous economic analysis told us we needed to move faster and further. 

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