What We Do

We build the capacity and improve the performance of the talent ecosystem by partnering with companies to identify the skills they need and supporting them to work with educators, workforce programs, the public sector, economic and community organizations to generate positive outcomes.

Industry Sector Partnerships

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

Manufacturing

Information Technology

Healthcare

Why Collaborate?

The true measure of our work is in our ability to:

  • Position companies 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

News

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.

New Census data show sharp increase in racial income gap last year September 26, 2019

Ohio’s racial income gap held steady in 2018 despite growing wider in Summit County and Akron than in just about any year since the Great Recession. That’s according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The annual estimates on America’s more populous counties and cities cover key demographic and economic indicators like poverty and unemployment,

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Team NEO trying to align region’s supply and demand May 12, 2019

Team NEO is trying to take its skills-gap data into the real world. The latest edition of the Aligning Opportunities report was released in May 2018. The report identifies areas of job demand and how well those match up with the credentials students are actually earning. And it took a close look at the supply and demand

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Better connections, awareness needed to match Akron job seekers with openings, speakers say April 11, 2019

Efforts are underway to better connect companies that have jobs openings in the Greater Akron area with tens of thousands of local residents either seeking work or who want better opportunities. There is a great mismatch of job seekers and available jobs and many opportunities to make things better, speakers said Thursday morning at a

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