GCP’s Chris Nance shares why this is an important step towards equity, and what’s next
The City of Cleveland recently approved $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help prepare local residents for workforce programs. It is the first workforce program the City of Cleveland has implemented, with partners including Ohio Means Jobs, the Construction Employers Association, ACE Mentor Program, Y.O.U., The Urban League and the Greater Cleveland Partnership helping make it a reality. But its importance goes far beyond being first. This funding will be used to increase vital minority participation in the construction sector, working towards the goal of increasing equity and inclusion in the regional workforce.
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Chris Nance, Vice President, Construction and Inclusive Talent Initiatives, sat down this week to talk about why this is an essential goal for our region, how the ARPA funding will help us move forward, and what’s next to make this vision a reality for the city, employers and individuals seeking workforce training.
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s All In vision for a Great Region on a Great Lake has five key priorities: Dynamic Business, Abundant Talent, Inclusive Opportunity, Appealing Community and Business Confidence. All of our work ties back to these values.
By Michael Collier and Laura DeMarco