Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | October 2023


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In April of 2022, Cincinnati was included as one of five cities profiled by Brookings Metro’s research on "Institutionalizing inclusive growth: Rewiring systems to rebuild local economies" in which the Cincinnati case study illuminated the work of several local organizations, including the Cincinnati Chamber, the Minority Business Accelerator and the Workforce Innovation Center. When we learned about the new Regional Inclusive Growth Network that Brookings Metro launched in collaboration with the Center for Economic Inclusion earlier this year, we knew that we wanted to apply to continue our efforts to create more inclusive growth opportunities for the Cincinnati region.


And so, we are delighted to share that Cincinnati has been selected as one of eight cities to participate in this Regional Inclusive Growth Network, made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over the 18-month initiative, the Cincinnati Chamber and other partners will participate in a collaborative learning and action network that seeks to catalyze local businesses and stakeholders to advance more racially equitable local economies and close regional wealth gaps.


One of the key components of the award is to recruit at least 15 companies to participate in the Racial Equity Dividends Index created by the Center for Economic Inclusion. In the coming months, we will roll out details about participation and opportunities for businesses to get involved but if you know already that you are interested in learning more, please drop me an email to let me know.


We are so grateful to be recognized for our work to grow our local economy and to do so with inclusivity and racial equity at the core of how we grow.

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


Skidmore Enterprises

We have the privilege of working with employers across the region to support their workforce and talent priorities. This month, we are excited to feature Skidmore Enterprises’ successes from engaging with us, including how they went from a 60% retention rate to above 95%!

Watch Skidmore's Story

Diversity Leadership Symposium | November 8, 8 a.m. to Noon

Register for this year’s Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium: November 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency. This is the Cincinnati region’s largest annual business gathering focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, bringing together more than 600 leaders. This year’s symposium will revolve around the major changes in practices businesses have felt as the landscape of how to approach DEI in the workplace is evolving, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling.

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CLIMB Awards | November 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Cincinnati Business Courier and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber have announced the winners of the 2023 CLIMB (Cincinnati Lifts Inclusion and Minority Business) Awards. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes individuals and organizations in Greater Cincinnati that have helped our region achieve greater heights of success through building a diverse workforce, scaling minority-owned businesses, championing equitable human resources practices and developing inclusive cultures. Please join us at the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel as we celebrate them.

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