Fusion of Inclusion: Philanthropy’s Role

PolicyBridge released its most recent research report earlier this summer titled, “The Fusion of Inclusion.” The findings suggest the Northeast Ohio region’s economic competitiveness is threatened due to the low participation of minorities in the fast-growing technology sector.

Fusion of Inclusion Executive Summary: Much analysis and action have centered on reinvigorating Northeast Ohio’s economy. Economic development organizations, policymakers, business leaders, colleges and universities, and philanthropists have recognized the urgent need for greater entrepreneurship, specifically in technology fields, and have been working to build the region’s technology infrastructure. Through regional self-assessment and analysis of global markets, through consensus-building and strategic investments, these change agents have collaborated on an action plan for boosting Northeast Ohio’s competitive advantage. They have identified emerging high-growth industries for support. They have seeded entrepreneurial success by improving access to capital, encouraging a risk-taking culture, expanding networking opportunities, identifying markets and addressing workforce challenges.

Yet, there is a growing threat to regional competitiveness: underperformance of African-American and Latino populations in the industries identified as emerging drivers of the regional economy.

This report is an attempt to quantify what is anecdotally observed: Few African-Americans and Latinos are participating – let alone creating new businesses and jobs for others – in Northeast Ohio’s technology sectors. This report attempts to understand the reasons and consequences for this disparity and craft strategies for connecting more minorities to the innovation economy.

Read report.




A program for foundation and corporate funders
In partnership with PolicyBridge

Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00-10:30 am
Steven A. Minter Conference Center
Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, 12th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

Gregory Brown, Executive Director, PolicyBridge
Johnathan Holifield, Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, NorTech; Co-founder and Chief Strategist & Evangelist, America21
Randell McShepard, Chairman, PolicyBridge

Earlier this summer PolicyBridge released its most recent research report titled “The Fusion of Inclusion.” The findings suggest that the region’s economic competitiveness is threatened due to the low participation of minorities in Northeast Ohio’s fast-growing technology sector.

PolicyBridge has put forth recommendations to improve minority performance in the emerging industries with a focus on entrepreneurship, engagement, education and employment strategies.

This meeting will provide the philanthropic community with insight and actionable steps that can help lead to deliberate, bold and urgent action

By participating in this meeting you will:

  • Receive a summary of the report’s findings;
  • Consider the consequences facing the region; and
  • Discuss the funders’ role in reaching economic inclusion.

Ohio Grantmakers Forum members: Free

Registration deadline
Friday, August 24, 2012

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  1. […] an analysis was recently conducted by PolicyBridge and Cleveland State University (Report: FUSION OF INCLUSION), which indicates that African and Latino Americans comprise approximately 20 percent of our […]

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