Akron selected for pilot program connecting tech job seekers, companies December 7, 2016

The TechHire Race to Place hiring pilot uses an online hiring platform to help companies find talent they may otherwise have screened out and to place job seekers in high-demand tech jobs, according to officials from ConxusNEO, which is coordinating the community’s TechHire initiative and Race to Place hiring pilot. Akron is one of six locations

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Why it’s critical we start investing in our 3-year-olds December 1, 2016

If you ask 100 business owners what their greatest concern is, I am willing to bet that at least 75 of them will identify “workforce” as worry No. 1. A major retirement bubble is coming in the current workforce, and there is uncertainty about who comes next when the Baby Boomers clock out for the

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Business leaders gather in Green to discuss business growth November 3, 2016

Finding time and accessing available resources may be the biggest stumbling blocks for businesses seeking qualified employees and looking for growth opportunities, according to those attending an Oct. 21 “Open for Business” discussion, facilitated by the city of Green, Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “We want to identify some

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Mayors gather in Cuyahoga Falls to show they’re “Open for Business” in their communities October 20, 2016

Approximately 40 people attended Open for Business on Oct. 14 at Quirk Cultural Center where representatives of local and county government, business and industry, and the general public talked about ways business and employment opportunities could be increased in the northern tier of Summit County. The open discussion was hosted by Summit County Executive Ilene

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Friends, colleagues remember County Executive Russ Pry September 1, 2016

He guided Summit County through some major economic bumps in the road, while working to improve the lives of veterans, children and the mentally ill, but on July 31 Summit County Executive Russ Pry passed away at the age of 58. Pry had been battling colon cancer since being diagnosed in June, but friends and

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Advance Akron with advanced industry August 27, 2016

Advance Akron with advanced industry Mayor Dan Horrigan and his team are rethinking the city’s strategy for economic development. No doubt they are weighing a variety of perspectives, assessing what to keep and where to proceed in new directions. One valuable viewpoint comes from the Brookings Institution in Washington. Mark Muro and colleagues at the

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New Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro looks back at Russ Pry, and ahead to November August 15, 2016

Over the weekend, the public had a chance to say goodbye to Summit County Executive Russ Pry at a memorial service in Akon. Pry died two weeks ago from colon cancer. Late last week, Summit County Democrats picked interim County Executive Ilene Shapiro to fill out the remainder of Pry’s term, which runs through the end of the year.

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White House picks Akron/Summit for TechHire community August 9, 2016

The White House has selected Akron and Summit County to be part of TechHire Communities, which aims to employ 400 people in the county in tech industry by the end next year. President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever Demo Day Aug. 4 and Summit Workforce Solutions President, Sue Lacy, was on hand to represent Akron at the

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Ilene Shapiro is Summit County’s first female County Executive August 6, 2016

Whether divine intervention or fate, Ilene Shapiro now thinks there’s a bigger reason she didn’t run for Akron mayor last year. Many of her supporters urged her to run, saying she’d make a great candidate and the city was ready for its first female mayor. But instead, she opted to support her friend Dan Horrigan.

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For economy, aging population poses double whammy August 3, 2016

As Americans grow older, size and productivity of workforce suffer Planning to retire in the next few years? Please reconsider: The economy needs you more than you know. Economists have long expected an aging population to hamper growth for the simple reason that it means a smaller labor force. But new research has identified a

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