What We Do

As the leader of the new Innovate Ohio and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Lt. Governor Husted will bring news of opportunities we have to strengthen our collective efforts to increase access to opportunity for more residents.


The event itself will bring companies, workforce, economic development, and community partners together to “Grow Our Own Talent.”


We’ll develop a common understanding of the key systems of a talent system.

We partner with businesses to identify the skills they need to fill positions and build a talent pipeline. We support our business partners to work with educators, community organizations, workforce programs and economic development organizations to generate innovative solutions.


Why Collaborate?

Working in silos doesn’t produce sustainable results. That’s why we connect and align our community’s efforts. The true measure of our work is in our ability to:

  • Position businesses to remain competitive and grow by cultivating a highly functioning talent supply chain

  • Support education and training providers to align curriculum with relevant skills

  • Help workforce programs better understand and connect with opportunities to assist job seekers

  • Ensure our community’s minority populations are positioned to share in the benefits of regional growth and prosperity

  • Engage the talent system to support economic development strategies and activities

  • Mobilize communities to overcome real-life barriers to good jobs that lead to great careers

  • Develop and monitor key industry performance indicators to ensure sustained success

Industry Sector Partnerships

We invite your participation in “Industry Sector Partnerships,” teams led by businesses from within a specific industry sector, designed to generate solutions.


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Coming 2019


The need to build a talent system that Akron provides opportunity for Summit County residents and a competitive edge for companies has been highlighted recently. Find out more below.

ConxusNEO: Preparing the right talent for tomorrow’s jobs December 6, 2018

A talent system that works for everyone. That was the goal three years ago when Summit Workforce Solutions was reimagined. Now known as ConxusNEO, the nonprofit serves as the spine of Summit County’s workforce development system, feeding intentional efforts to promote economic growth by cultivating a high-performing talent system. Since its inception, the organization has

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Partners hope trip to Ford drives more career prospects for Akron kids October 20, 2018

In a fortunate turn of events, Bryce Green was standing on the metal, maze-like balcony above the floor of the bustling Ford Rouge Factory on Tuesday instead of sitting in his normal freshman class at Kenmore-Garfield High School. Bryce, 16, wasn’t initially chosen by his teachers to take the daylong field trip to Dearborn, Mich.

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New Akron chamber chief Steve Millard aims to foster collaboration in Akron, beyond July 1, 2018

Since the April announcement that longtime Cleveland-based economic development professional Steve Millard would take over as president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber, chairman Marc Merklin has fielded inquires about whether his board’s choice of leadership signals a move toward greater regionalism. The underlying issue — a persistent worry among some — is that the Rubber City’s identity could be at stake.

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