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Blog Entries - March 2016

Think Regional 2016 Summit on TV

Posted on: March 24, 2016
Tags: Media, Event updates, In the news,

Michele Abrams, Chairman of Think Regional, and Bob Viney, Planning Committee, appeared on The City Show on Lebanon TV Channel 6 on March 22, with Emiko Moore.  They highlighted the keynote speaker, David Abbott, and the first two panels, on Economic Development and Health Care, with a focus on how solutions to the heroin problem are being addressed in our region.  Watch here:  Think Regional on The City Show.

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2016 Summit Update -- Keynote Speaker

Posted on: March 9, 2016
Tags: Event updates, Speaker updates

Think Regional is very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker at the Annual Summit on April 21, 2016, will be David Abbott, the Executive Director of the Gund Foundation.

The George Gund Foundation was created in 1952 because Mr. Gund believed the private foundation concept provided the most positive, farsighted vehicle for intelligent underwriting of creative solutions to social ills in a manner which would not be limited to his own lifetime. The Foundation's grant-making history reflects a deep commitment to the Greater Cleveland community that was the home of its founder and that remains the Foundation’s home.   To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $586 million since its inception.

The Foundation’s philanthropic stewardship of this region derives not just from our history, but also from our belief that Cleveland can continue to develop original responses to urban issues and from our hope that collaborations across boundaries can create a crucible of innovation in all fields of endeavor.  Moreover, the urban emphasis of our work stems from a belief that thriving cities are one of the nation’s best hopes for addressing our essential problems. This focus is especially vital in an era of diminished government involvement in urban issues, intensifying globalization and heightened awareness of the central role of regions.

The Foundation’s guidelines reflect our long-standing interests in the arts, economic development and community revitalization, education, environment and human services because these areas embrace most of the major issues that any community must address. While we continue to organize much of our work within these program areas, there is increasing awareness that many issues and, therefore, many grant proposals do not fit neatly into one program category. Indeed, the work of a growing number of nonprofit organizations brings together aspects of several of our core interests, and, as a result, we are becoming ever more interdisciplinary in our approach.

David Abbott became executive director of The George Gund Foundation in 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as president of University Circle Incorporated, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. Abbott was also the Cuyahoga County administrator and, early in his career, a reporter for The Plain Dealer.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Denison University, a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

We hope to learn from and be inspired by the successful collaborations in the areas of economic development, education and quality of life that the Gund Foundation has helped happen in Cleveland, so that we can achieve more successes in our region in these areas through our own collaborations.

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