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Greater Akron Economic Development Partners Launch COVID-19 Resource Guide for Employers and Employees

3/20/2020

Greater Akron—On Friday, March 20, Greater Akron’s economic development ecosystem partners launched a one-stop regional guide to assist impacted employers and employees in the navigation of information, guidance and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding economic implications. The City of Akron, County of Summit and Greater Akron Chamber, in partnership with a large number of organizations aligned with our Elevate Greater Akron initiative, are working closely together, coordinating resources and focusing efforts to ensure businesses and the people they employ have the access to timely, accurate information through an easily navigable website, gaccovid19.org.
 
“This partnership is the result of nearly two years of intentional collaboration among these organizations as part of the Elevate Greater Akron regional economic development plan, which kicked off in early 2018.  At the onset of the COVID-19 challenges, the partners were able to leverage that foundation of collaboration to quickly mobilize to ensure that Greater Akron’s companies and their employees receive information from one source, backed by the entire economic development ecosystem,” said Steve Millard, President and CEO, Greater Akron Chamber.
 
“From the beginning, this partnership was formed to serve our companies, both small and large.  Now more than ever, our goal is to ensure they have access to whatever they need to make it through this crisis,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.  County Executive Ilene Shapiro noted, “Coming together to create one resource where we all send inquiring employers and employees is exactly what we needed to do, and we were well positioned to do it because we were already working so closely together.  In times like this, the public expects us to act quickly and efficiently, and our ongoing collaboration allows us to respond accordingly.”
 
Employers and employees are encouraged to visit this website often. While the partners will deliver information in multiple ways – video conferences/meetings, webinars, blogs, etc. – the team will keep the site updated with the most up-to-date information.  The site also aims to summarize, in easily understandable language, everything from new federal and state laws and executive orders adopted to deal with the epidemic, financial support resources, employment opportunities with employers who are still hiring during the epidemic, and emerging best practices from employers. The partners will also be working collaboratively to help employers and employees connect to resources via direct outreach.


 
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Leveraging FirstNet for Medical Communications Webinar: Three Ohio healthcare agencies share experiences on COVID-19 response

1/26/2021

Join my public safety colleagues and I on February 4, 2021 for a webinar focused on how FirstNet users are utilizing wireless communications to meet the mobile healthcare challenges of today. In this webinar we will discuss:
 

  • How Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, OH) is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution
  • Learn how Kettering Health Network is utilizing wireless communications at mobile testing sites to provide patient test results faster
  • Hear from the OH EMS Chiefs Association President on EMS response in rural Ohio
 
Register now so you don’t miss out on these important topics and the opportunity to provide feedback.
 
Speakers include:
  • Adam Griffith, Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Agency
  • Chris Kyer, Kettering Health Network
  • Robert Jacks, Meigs County EMS, OH EMS Chiefs Association President
This webinar is intended for public safety and other government personnel and will be recorded.
 

G.R.I.T. Fourth Quarter First Aid

11/23/2020

Growing Resilient Impactful Teams presents Fourth Quarter First Aid, a workshop with life-saving tools for you and your team. It can happen at work: heart attack, stroke, and other crisis conditions. Learn the common warning signs, how to respond and simple ways to keep your employees healthy and safe. Resource packets will be mailed to all attendees after the event.

Virtual Happy Hour for Young Professionals

9/10/2020

Casual happy hour presentation for young professional advisors in Greater Akron. It's a fun opportunity to connect with local colleagues while learning how Akron Community Foundation can equip you to accomplish your clients' goals through philanthropy.

WHEN

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 4-5 p.m.

WHERE

Virtual platform – details will be provided upon registration

DETAILS

Wear your favorite concert T-shirt and BYOB!

HOSTS

Matt Hochstetler, David J. Simmons & Associates Michael McLelland, PNC Institutional Asset Management Brittany Baranowski, CBIZ
Mike Grater, Highland Consulting Associates
Alex Rupert, Sequoia Financial Group
Laura Fink, Akron Community Foundation

QUESTIONS?
Laura Fink | 330-436-5611 | [email protected]

REGISTRATION
Registration is free. Reserve your spot by Sept. 11 at www.akroncf.org/YPAC.

U of A CBA Business Analytics Innovation Summit

8/28/2020

There is no doubt that the Business Analytics (BA) revolution (or hype?) continues at a blistering pace, with machine learning algorithms now taking their place as the "magical" technology of the day. While the initial fears about knowledge worker replacement have abated, many are wondering just how well their decisions can be "augmented" by their pal, the algorithm. And companies are amassing huge lakes of unanalyzed data just in case there are some gems amidst the dross.

Back in the trenches, business must do what they have always done: identify the right problem, gather the right data, perform the right analysis, and make the right decision.

The focus of this year’s Business Analytics Innovation Summit will be on decision–making. How has the use of Business Analytics (BA) changed the way your firm goes about deciding what to do? Specifically:

  • How do you decide what data, and how much data to collect? How long do you keep it, and in what format? What surprising things have you learned about data management in the past few years?
  • How do you prioritize what problems to try to solve using BA? Have you created new governance mechanisms? What makes the BA era different? Is BA just another element in your IT portfolio, or is it managed separately?
  • How do you choose which analyses to do? And how do you ensure that the decisions these analyses recommend are actually carried out in practice? How do you evaluate the risks that come with offloading a certain portion of the decision to a machine?

Emerging Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

8/18/2020

Hosted by Portage County Society for Human Resource Management, Summa Health and The NEW Center Emerging Mental Health Issues in the Workplace Join this virtual event discussing emerging mental health issues and concepts in the workplace. The panel of experts will give their insights during a brief presentation followed by an extensive Q&A session where attendees are encouraged to participate! Presenters: Employment Law Attorney Counseling Psychologist Psychiatrist EAP Counselor Occupational Health Physician Cost: $15 When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Time: NOON - 1:30 p.m. Where: Zoom link and log in information will be sent prior to the event to registered attendees *Earn 1.5 SHRM Hours for participating Register: https://pchra.shrm.org/forms/september-23rd-emerging-mental-health-issues-workplace

AAF Movie Trivia Night

6/30/2020

July 15 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm Zoom Hosted by National CineMedia Topic: 80’s-Disney-Actors/Roles-Marvel-Sports Free to participate. Each player will have their own pen/paper to write down the answers to the questions shown on the screen (and read by the host for those with video issues). At the end of the game, host will reveal the correct answers. It is based on the honor system as to how many each player got correct. Prizes will be mailed to the winners! Limited to the first 25 participants. Registration https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudu-gqz8jEtXC8cuq6-kGeZ0mLHFS4svq

The CoLounge Tours

6/19/2020

Stop in and check out all the amenities that the CoLounge offers. Monday, June 22nd 4-7pm Wednesday, June 24th 10-1pm Friday, June 26th 10-1pm SPECIAL FOUNDERS RATES are now available via www.thecolounge.com. Inquire online and come next week to lock them in!

Kristen Birkbeck
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