MetroHealth receives $98,000 to test commuting program

by | Nov 11, 2020

Lydia Coutré, Crain’s Cleveland Business

MetroHealth has received a $98,000 grant from the Paradox Prize to launch and test a commuting program that aims to show the value of offering employees public transportation subsidies as part of their benefits package, according to a news release.

The Paradox Prize, created in June 2019, is a public competition that aims to source and test mobility solutions in an effort to help connect Northeast Ohioans to jobs in order to transform lives and the region’s economy. Supported by the Fund for Our Economic Future, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Greater Cleveland Partnership, The Lozick Family Foundation, Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Foundation and DriveOhio, the Paradox Prize is awarding up to $1 million over three years to support pilots that could improve people’s connections to jobs.

MetroHealth is the ninth recipient of funding from the Paradox Prize, which has awarded more than $700,000 across six counties.

“The pandemic has further laid bare the challenges individuals face in getting to work, particularly our essential workers like those at MetroHealth who can’t work from home,” said Dominic Mathew, urban and regional planner for mobility innovations at the Fund for Our Economic Future, in a provided statement. “In total, the winning pilots are expected to serve up to 700 users. We are hopeful the lessons we learn through these pilots will lead to lasting solutions for our region.”

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