Supporting Cuyahoga County’s workforce development ecosystem


Workforce Connect is an important building block in Cuyahoga County’s workforce development ecosystem that will complement the good work that is already occurring here and help support employers in finding the right skilled talent by creating business-led sector intermediaries in manufacturing, healthcare and information technology (IT). The new sector intermediaries will make the workforce development ecosystem more efficient and effective so the region can respond more quickly to the need for skilled workers in these key industries.

The first sector intermediary will be created in manufacturing in January 2019. IT and healthcare will follow later in 2019. The outcome should be more businesses at the table saying what their needs are and more residents overcoming barriers to get on career pathways with family-sustaining wages.

The Partnership

Workforce Connect is the result of a partnership of public and private leaders including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County, Deaconess Foundation, Fund for our Economic Future, Greater Cleveland Partnership, The George Gund Foundation, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board, TeamNEO and United Way of Greater Cleveland.


Creating business-led sector intermediaries in manufacturing, healthcare and IT


The partnership will provide up to $2.5 million to fund Workforce Connect for three years. The funding will consist of up to $1 million from the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Fund and up to $1.5 million from the other philanthropic and public and private partners. Funding will be distributed over the next three years. Because the public-private partnership is not a legal entity, the Fund For our Economic Future will act as fiscal sponsor.

To find out more about the sector partnership model, please see the report, “Developing Sector Partnerships in Cuyahoga County: Findings and Recommendations.”

To find out more about Northeast Ohio labor force trends, job demand through 2021, talent supply, and demand and supply alignment, please see the Team NEO report, “Aligning Opportunities.”


To Find Out More About Workforce Connect, Contact:

Deborah Vesy
Chair, Workforce Funders Group
Attn: Carolyn Cleveland
Fund for Our Economic Future