Happy Dog owner to lead Fund for Our Economic Future’s hospitality initiative

by | Feb 1, 2022

The Fund for Our Economic Future appointed the owner and operator of The Happy Dog in Cleveland’s Gordon Square to help the hospitality industry get back on its feet as it continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sean Watterson will serve in the role of senior consultant, hospitality talent and strengthening workplaces. The announcement was made Jan. 18 by The Fund for Our Economic Future, whose role is financially supported by Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development, the Deaconess Foundation and the National Fund for Workplace Solutions, with additional support from Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. In the role, Watterson is responsible for identifying both short-term and long-term solutions to improve the hospitality industry’s ability to attract, retain and promote workers.

“I am excited to work with Cuyahoga County’s hospitality business and workforce to make this sector more sustainable for all involved,” Watterson, who runs The Happy Dog alongside co-owner Tony Cross, said in the release. “I look forward to reaching out to local restaurants, hotels and venues and to our counterparts across the country, through relationships built in developing the National Independent Venue Association, to find workable solutions to improve the environment, both for the business and for the individual workers on whom these businesses depend. … I look forward to applying the lessons I’ve learned from our incredible staff to the important work ahead.”

Watterson’s work directly connects to the fund’s mission to advance a more equitable economy and a newly adopted three-year strategy that seeks creative solutions to the region’s most pressing economic challenges, the release said.

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