Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Workforce Innovation Center

The Cincinnati Chamber launched The Center to help companies solve issues at the entry or early-skill level, identifying innovative ways to improve business and to help low-income individuals successfully obtain employment and advance to self-sufficiency.

In today’s labor market, getting and keeping talent in at the early-skill level is a challenge for many companies in our region.

The Workforce Innovation Center facilitates companies adopting Inclusive Capitalism approaches that value and support its employee base and organizational culture, partnering with social service agencies and training partners to connect people to job opportunities. 

Key Focuses

  • The Center consults with companies to implement Inclusive Capitalism practices that drive business outcomes and make their workplaces better for employees, the community, and their own bottom-lines. Employers will be encouraged to pursue new sources of talent, revise their own policies to create a more inclusive workplace, and learn from the successes of other businesses. 
  • In 2020, The Center is seeking companies who wish to pilot this consulting process. Prospective companies should be interested in implementing inclusive capitalism approaches within their organization, seeking new sources of talent, be willing to share data about their policies and procedures, and be willing to explore and implement new approaches to support and stabilize their workforce, like hiring workforce coaches. The Center is primarily focused on companies with an early-skill or frontline employee base. If you are interested in piloting with The Center, please contact Audrey Treasure. The private sector is an important catalyst and partner for improving economic mobility within the community through employment and by connecting individuals to resources that enable them to be successful in the workplace.
  • The Center connects companies to social service and training partners that remove barriers for low-income citizens and prepare them to succeed in the workplace. Through The Center’s partnership with agencies, individuals will advance their careers to obtain self-sufficiency and be connected to companies where they can find, maintain and advance their employment. If you have questions about whether a local solutions provider can help solve your workforce challenges, contact Audrey Treasure.
  • The Center is partnering with the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati FoundationThe Women's Fund's Employer Toolkit, created to assist companies in improving operations that affect their low wage employees, is one resource The Center will utilize as it consults with businesses.
  • The Center is connected to Project LIFT, an initiative of the Child Poverty Collaborative, which broadly seeks to remove additional barriers of unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking to advance their careers and move to self-sufficiency.

  • The Center is also the home to the Child Poverty Collaborative’s Employer Roundtable. The Roundtable will take on new form as companies engage with The Center’s process to support businesses’ objectives in resolving challenges and supporting its workforce. A limited amount of Employer Roundtable Funds are still available in 2020 if companies have innovative approaches to implement within their companies. Please contact Audrey Treasure for additional information.

  • The Center is fostering a community-wide culture of Inclusive Capitalism across companies that are committed to making their workplaces better for employees, the community and their own businesses. A certification process to recognize companies for their participation and practices is in development.

Featured Initiative

In 2019 and 2020, the Workforce Innovation Center is pleased to partner with Mayor John Cranley and the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Performance and Data Analytics to be named as one of 10 cities participating in the What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gates Foundation and Ballmer Group. The award provides technical assistance to The Center and the City of Cincinnati from a variety of partners including Results for America, the Behavioural Insights Team, Opportunity Insights, the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University and the Sunlight Foundation.

A summary of the intervention to provide an engagement strategy to work with companies can be found in this blog post from the Behavioural Insights Team.

Local and national stories about the award can be found here:

The 10 Cities getting a philanthropic boost for economic mobility

Cincinnati picked for new Bloomberg Philanthropies national initiative to improve economic mobility

The Center is actively seeking companies who wish to pilot the consulting process that has been created as a part of this exciting initiative. Prospective companies should be interested in implementing inclusive capitalism approaches within their organization, seeking new sources of talent, be willing to share data about their policies and procedures, and be willing to explore and implement new approaches to support and stabilize their workforce, like hiring workforce coaches. The Center is primarily focused on companies with an early-skill or frontline employee base. Please contact Audrey Treasure if interested in piloting with The Center.

Advisory Board

Dave Herche, Enerfab
Ellen Katz, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Tim Massa, The Kroger Co.
Jill Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Dan Meyer, Nehemiah Manufacturing
Julia Poston, EY
Ed Rigaud, Legacy Acquisition Corp.
Liza Smitherman, Jostin Construction
Tom Williams, North American Properties


If you have workforce challenges at the early-skill level or would like to learn more about the Workforce Innovation Center, please contact Audrey Treasure.

2019_HEADSHOTAudreyTreasure140x140Audrey Treasure
VP & Executive Director
Workforce Innovation Center 
atreasure@cincinnatichamber.com
513.686.2946 


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