What We Do
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
On Wednesday, ConxusNEO, an organization that helps make connections between local businesses and education, celebrated five area students who have been awarded full-time employment with local manufacturers company right after their high school graduations.Read More
Cleveland-based KeyBank and the entrepreneur-support nonprofit JumpStart Inc. are investing in Akron with funding for two of the city’s prominent nonprofit groups so that they can launch a project to address unemployment and underemployment among minorities.Read More