Crain’s Editorial: Three Things We Like …

by | Feb 17, 2020

Periodically in this space in 2020, we’ll point out some developments that give us faith in the progress being made in the region and statewide — as well as some that don’t.

Let’s start with three things we like.

  • Promise kept: The Fund for Our Economic Future last week reorganized its board in a move “to better align” with its mission “to promote growth and opportunity throughout Northeast Ohio.” The funding alliance added eight civic members to its 35-person board, an expansion that it said “is in direct response to the call for greater attention to systemic racial inclusion” that the Fund advanced in its The Two Tomorrows report in 2018. When Fund president Brad Whitehead announced last November that he would step down from that role, he said, “I believe we are falling short of our potential as a region in part because we are not allowing sufficient space for generational leadership.” The Fund is doing that with its board changes and with its choice in December of Bethia Burke to replace Whitehead in March. These moves set a strong example for a region that’s not always open to change and fresh perspectives.

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