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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.

Systemic racism is a social construct we can dismantle. We must ask ourselves and our organizations, what does this moment require of us?

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.

Husted Announces Industry Sector Partnership Awards January 12, 2021

Funding supports collaboration between businesses, education & training providers Lt. Governor Jon Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced that 12 workforce partnerships will receive awards through the Industry Sector Partnership Grant. This program supports partnerships that help ensure Ohioans can participate in the workforce pipeline while

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Q&A: Sue Lacy, president, ConxusNEO December 12, 2020

The pandemic has had an impact on just about every aspect of business, including workforce development. Crain’s wanted to gain some insight on how this year has been for those dedicated to workforce development. We recently chatted with Sue Lacy, president of ConxusNEO, Summit County’s workforce development agency, which works to match local training initiatives

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APS advances middle school plan December 3, 2020

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Nov. 30 virtual meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members approved the College & Career Academies (CCA) Middle School Master Plan and the district’s five-year financial forecast. Ellen McWilliams-Woods, APS chief academic officer and assistant superintendent, and her team of Mark Black, Tamiko Hatcher, Yvonne

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