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THINK REGIONAL CHAIRPERSON IS ON TV

Posted on: March 29, 2017
Tags: Event updates, Summit, Skilled jobs, Speaker updates

Shelly Abrams, Chairperson of Think Regional, was interviewed on the Lebanon City Cable channel about the exciting agenda for the upcoming Summit on April 28, focusing on the Development of a Skilled Workforce for the 21st Century.

We have 2 interesting panels discussing the collaborative actions of major Chambers of Commerce and leading Educational institutions in our region, followed by Presentations by leading authors from Ohio: Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty", and JD Vance, author of the best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy". In the afternoon, Bill Muse, President Emeritus of the National Issues Forum Institute, part of the Kettering Foundation, will lead small group discussions on how our region could best take action to address the dual needs of businesses and displaced workers to fulfill the thousands of open middle-class salary jobs in technical fields in our area.

Click on or copy and paste the link below into your browser and fast forward to the 19th minute for Shelly's interview: https://thelebanonchannel.viebit.com/player.php?hash=o5SfTTHRHwRV. 

To register for the event (we're nearly sold out!), click on the Registration page on our website. Details of the agenda are in the Events page on our website.

You won't want to miss this compelling event, if you are at all interested in or impacted by the need to better develop our skilled workforce and fill open technical jobs in SouthWest Ohio!

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2017 Summit Agenda and Panel-Speaker Overview

We are excited to announce the details of the agenda and an overview of the speakers and panelists for the 2017 Think Regional Summit.  Our focus will be on the collaborative actions we could take to help increase our skilled workforce in Southwest Ohio, reducing the level of unfilled technically skilled jobs, and helping to retrain more of our displaced workers from traditional manufacturing jobs.

Click on the Events Link and the 2017 Agenda page for the details.

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS COMPELLING EVENT!  After you check out the Agenda, click on the Registration Link and the 2017 Registration page to sign up TODAY!

 

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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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