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Systemic racism is a social construct we can dismantle. The senseless murder of George Floyd and those who came before him has gotten our attention, thanks to the voices and peaceful actions of those who are making this moment uncomfortable for all of us. We must ask ourselves and our organizations, what does this moment require of us?

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.


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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


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.

Greater Akron Chamber working to advance economic inclusion June 20, 2020

Last week, the Greater Akron Chamber, like many other companies and organizations, published a statement on economic inclusion. While we know it is important to tell the community where we stand as an organization, we believe it is even more important to show action on issues within the reach of the business community to advance

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Revamped websites help connect job seekers, Akron-area employers amid coronavirus April 1, 2020

The ways to connect job seekers with employers in Northeast Ohio are evolving because of conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have had to change what they do and how they do it, in part to help slow the spread of the virus and in some instances to retool to help others fight

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Amazon helps prime new RAISE jobs program in Akron March 4, 2020

Online retailing giant Amazon isn’t ready quite yet to start hiring for its massive fulfillment center being built on Romig Road in Akron. But Amazon had a high profile presence at the kickoff of a new regional jobs program aimed at connecting job seekers with employers Tuesday evening at Buchtel Community Learning Center off Copley

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