Tools, Resources and Research

Explore publications from the Fund for Our Economic Future  highlighting regional economic data, lessons from initiatives and regional priorities to advance an equitable economy. These resources span our history and highlight critical insights for Northeast Ohio. 

Where Matters

Where Matters

Businesses’ location decisions have significant implications for talent, equity and sustainability. In short, where matters.

Strengthening Workplaces

Strengthening Workplaces

Strengtheningworkplaces.com aims to help understand today’s workers and highlight potential strategies for strengthening workplaces.

Paradox Prize

Paradox Prize

The project elevated awareness of transportation as an economic competitiveness issue for the entire region, not just urban areas. And it demonstrated that creative approaches and solutions are possible.

Where Are the Workers?

Where Are the Workers?

Together, we worked to understand the question on everyone’s mind: Where are the workers?

Wasted Assets

Wasted Assets

The cost of excluding Ohioans with records from work. Collateral sanctions block or restrict those with a felony conviction from accessing certain kinds of jobs, serving as a de facto life sentence.

The Two Tomorrows

The Two Tomorrows

Being average is a choice. So is being extraordinary. The Two Tomorrows defines regional priorities for a better tomorrow.

Job Hubs

Job Hubs

Job hubs help to align infrastructure and economic development investments to leverage existing strengths and protect environmental assets.

The Geography of Jobs

The Geography of Jobs

The vitality of a region’s economy depends in part on its ability to connect people to good jobs and firms to workers with the appropriate skillset.

Growth & Opportunity Framing Paper

Growth & Opportunity Framing Paper

This paper highlights research linking economic inequality and economic growth and offers a collaborative framework for addressing this issue.

Vibrant NEO 2040

Vibrant NEO 2040

This report is a thorough analysis showing that unchecked, no-growth sprawl is both harmful to our region and unsustainable.

What Matters to Metros

What Matters to Metros

This report evaluates the economic performance of 115 metros from 1990 to 2011 and sheds light on the factors most critical to advancing growth.