Growth & Opportunity News: Aligning Around Job Hubs
Connecting people & communities to economic opportunity | Summer 2017
Job Hubs: The Promise of a Shared Approach
The Growth & Opportunity framework raises the issue of job access as a critical element of a vibrant, sustainable economy, recognizing the need to bring jobs to people, people to jobs, and to address the structural barriers that limit residents' ability to access the economic growth occurring in our communities.
Increasing access to jobs will require changes in development, land use, transportation, and other policies and practices that incentivize the out-migration of jobs, perpetuate institutional racism and exacerbate economic disparity. Over the last few months, the Fund for Our Economic Future, transportation planning organizations and business development entities across Northeast Ohio have worked together to develop one intervention that could significantly improve access to jobs: a shared definition of job hubs. (See initial map above.)
Once agreed to, defined and prioritized job hubs can influence resources directed toward transportation infrastructure, site inventory and improvement, and economic development incentives.
A full report with detailed maps and analysis for the major metros of Northeast Ohio is due out soon. In the meantime, you can read more about the job hubs research here, or email Fund Director of Civic Innovation and Insight Peter Truog with questions.
Workforce Supply, Demand in NEO
Updated research on workforce supply and demand in Northeast Ohio is out. It shows that 65 percent of
Ohio jobs in 2020 will require a post-secondary credential; today, only 54 percent of adults in Northeast Ohio
have the required education or skill level to meet that demand.
Center for Opportunity Urbanism draws new boundaries around middle America, incorporating the Midwest and much of the South. The so-called "New American Heartland," it says, has the potential to play an out-sized role in powering 21st-century economic growth.
A team of funders and Federal Reserve researchers recently released a report looking at the intersection of economic growth and opportunity in the post-industrial legacy cities of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Rochester, New York; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Cost of Living Myth: Factoring in Transportation
Greater Clevelanders spend a larger share of income (55 percent) on housing and transportation costs combined than do residents of Greater Boston, Greater Chicago and Greater New York, writes Fund President
Brad Whitehead in the latest issue of Community Leader. "The combination of our growth patterns and lack of transit options come with significant consequences," leaving too many people stuck in a cycle of "no car, no job; no job, no car."
New Podcast Series Highlights G&O Work Around Region
Madison Scagnetti of the Fund for Our Economic Future is traveling around Northeast Ohio in search of Growth & Opportunity (G&O) in our communities. Each week, she'll feature efforts that are creating good jobs with family-sustaining wages, preparing our workforce for in-demand careers, and improving connections between people and the jobs being created -- all essential elements of a growing, vibrant, inclusive economy.
Brookings Institution's blog, The Avenue, that many metros are striving to achieve inclusive economic growth, but very few (just four by their count, in fact) are actually doing it. Did your metro make the list?
The National Urban League published its 2017 racial equality index measuring how well African Americans and Hispanics are doing compared to whites in the areas of economics, health, education, social justice, and civic engagement. There are also rankings of metro areas from most to least equal, in terms of unemployment and
The Racial Equity Institute of Greensboro, North Carolina, is giving half-day and two-day racial equity trainings in Northeast Ohio this year, as part of a "Year of Awareness Building" to increase shared understanding of racial inequality, foster productive dialogue among community stakeholders and civic leaders, and determine strategies to address social barriers to job access.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is now accepting applications for the Innovation Mission fellowship, in collaboration with the Cleveland Leadership Center. The Foundation is seeking seasoned professionals who are big thinkers. Through this 18-month program, four fellows will have the opportunity to turn their innovative ideas on how to address poverty in Cleveland into real-life solutions. Applications are due July 17.
The Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program is launching a Job Quality fellowship, and is currently seeking nominations.Through this fellowship, the Institute hopes to "bring together innovators from differing lines of work who are engaged in work that expands the availability of better quality jobs in our economy." Eligible nominees will receive an application that must be submitted by July 17.
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