Working with partners to invest in economic development

January 29, 2015

In response to a community committee’s recommendation to invest resources in economic development; the Richland County Foundation is working with strategic partners to pursue opportunities in this space. The Foundation Board of Trustees engaged Jumpstart Inc. of Cleveland for a 16-week project.

Hrishue Mahalaha and Kate Hanna of Jumpstart and Steve Fritsch of Team NEO talk about Richland County entrepreneurs with Bob Cohen, executive director of Braintree, a business incubator located in Mansfield.  

The Foundation wants to develop a community plan that goes beyond a theoretical strategy.  The Foundation’s objectives are as follows:

  • Develop a plan for incremental pragmatic opportunities to further increase economic impact: Business attraction and retention, Workforce development, Start-up & Scale-up Support Development
  • Gain alignment among community leaders (including you) on both the strategy and the implementation path forward
  • Pilot/test a set of recommendations and validate efficacy of the potential recommendations
  • Devise a framework which can be sustainable and deliver long term outcomes


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