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Business & Economy

EconomiCLE: Building a Stronger Regional Economy

Friday, August 24, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"Growth matters and opportunity matters, and you can’t subordinate either." – Bethia Burke

The United States is experiencing a rapid and profound transition from an industrial economy to a digital, global, and knowledge-based and service-based economy. Like much of America, our city and region has struggled with this economic transition.

Our June 8th forum focused on the specific ways in which Northeast Ohio is lagging. That speech sparked a series of conversations in the media--and dozens more in living rooms, conference rooms, and bars across the region.

For many, the ideas presented weren't new; The Fund for our Economic Future outlined in its recent The Two Tomorrows report the dire need for us to choose a more equitable economic path or risk mediocrity. In fact many organizations are making this the focus of their work. Additionally, similar conversations in the past launched such initiatives as Cleveland Tomorrow, Voice & Choices, and Vibrant NEO 2040. But others heard this message for the first time and, subsequently, were motivated to action, recommending a regional economic summit, more inclusive leadership, and making the region an epicenter for blockchain technology.

Where do we go from here? What efforts are currently underway to expand our economy and increase our competitiveness? What - and who - should we call together for further action?

Join us as we continue this conversation on the evolution of our economy by bringing together voices from the civic, public, and private sectors to discuss the region's successes, failures, and challenges.

But wait! There’s more!

Want to weigh in on the conversation? The City Club invites you to join the Fund for Our Economic Future at 10:30 a.m. for a special briefing of its Two Tomorrows report, after which City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop will lead a discussion to gather your input on both the current state of the economy, concerns about the future, and where we go from here. Register for this free briefing here.

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