Cleveland Talent Alliance created to attract talent to the region | Local News

Eleven nonprofit, public and private entities announced March 10 the formation of the Cleveland Talent Alliance to develop a transparent and coordinated system to identify, attract, navigate, engage, onboard and retain top talent in Cleveland, with a focus initial on the rapidly growing IT/technology sectors, including financial services, healthcare and smart manufacturing.

“For the Cleveland area to become one of the most dynamic and diverse, inclusive and welcoming metropolitan areas in the Midwest by 2030, it is essential to attract and retain talent in a distinct and coordinated way,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said in a press release. “The research combined with previous efforts, including Engage! Cleveland’s Discover the CLE campaign shows that the public is willing to consider Cleveland after discovering the area. By leveraging the strongest capabilities of all partners, we can be more efficient and effective in achieving our goals. Our business and civic community must work together to attract talent to increase the growth of our region.

Current members of the alliance are Destination Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Leadership Center, Team NEO, Cuyahoga County, Engage! Cleveland, JobsOhio, Global Cleveland, MAGNET, Fund for our Economic Future and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

The alliance is looking for a director. For more information and to apply, visit

Baiju R. Shah, CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership, said in the release, “Talent is becoming a critical differentiator for regions that grow and prosper. By building a system that spans the entire talent cycle, Cleveland will be better positioned for success. The initial focus on the region’s fastest growing sectors and areas will complement business growth efforts while providing a model that can be applied to other industries as developments progress. works.

After initial conversations in 2019, planning was put on hold as the community focused its attention on addressing the human, economic and social toll of the global pandemic, the statement said. Engagement between many partners restarted in early 2021 to provide feedback on the alliance’s first year design, vision, goals and priorities and Alliance development took into account the work current, future goals, staffing model, and each partner’s ability to contribute in a way that aligns with each organization’s mission. and vision, according to the statement.

“A vibrant economy has a growing and diverse population with equitable opportunities for education, training, and prospects to fill well-paying, in-demand jobs in our region,” Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler said in the release “These opportunities for individuals in turn support the growth of businesses and the vibrancy of our communities.

The alliance’s work in 2022 – its first year of committed collaboration – will focus on building the consortium’s operating model, creating processes, identifying key strategies and developing key performance indicators for the work. of the alliance, according to the press release.

The press release indicates that its high-level objectives for years two to five are as follows:

• Generate interest in Cleveland as a place to live and work

• Increase consideration of Cleveland as a place to live and work, with an initial focus on fast-growing IT/technology sectors, including financial services, healthcare and smart manufacturing

• Welcome newcomers and increase the retention rate of new and current residents.

“A critical part of the Alliance’s work will be to engage those who are here so they can’t imagine leaving,” said Marianne Crosley, president and CEO of the Cleveland Leadership Center, in the statement. “With so many degree-seeking students in greater Cleveland, we have an audience that already has first-hand experience here; The Alliance will seek to strengthen these experiences through programs that immerse students in local professional and civic arenas. Plus, we have a legion of talented young professionals who represent the future of community leadership – now is the time to help them connect and develop unbreakable bonds with Cleveland.

Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland, said in the release, “With world-class amenities, a robust job market and a low cost of living, Cleveland is the ideal market for young professionals. Our goal is to connect young professionals to these many opportunities and help them build incredible careers and lives in the Cleveland area.