Keeping Talent and Businesses in Greater Cleveland

By Engage ! Cleveland Leadership Council member Angela Martin Earlier this month, the Toledo Blade reported that Hickory Farms is moving their headquarters from Toledo to Chicago in order to better attract top-tier talent for their business.

ClevelandThis exact scenario is what Engage ! Cleveland (EC) is working to prevent in Northeast Ohio. Created in 2012, EC was established to help employers with the recruitment and retention of their young talent.

In the past few years we’ve seen a renaissance in Cleveland that has helped shed the “Rust Belt” reputation we once had – bringing in new businesses, residents and talent to the region. Now we as Clevelanders have to work to engage, grow and keep these assets here.

“It’s the mission of Engage ! Cleveland to attract, retain and engage young professionals,” said EC President Ashley Basile Oeken. “By facilitating conversations and connecting young professionals to people, organizations and events around town, we hope to help maintain and accelerate the growth happening in Greater Cleveland.”

As Forbes reported last year, Cleveland has recently become one of America’s hottest cities – a fact Clevelanders have known for quite some time. As the article points out, our “underdog” town is now home to some of the top restaurants in the country,  an award-winning art scene, incredible music and two of the best professional sports teams in the nation.

But on top of all this, Cleveland is also home to new and established businesses that are attracting top-tier talent from all over the country.

Combine all of these factors, and it’s clear that Cleveland is a great place for young professionals to live, work and play, and a great place for business to find the talent they need to succeed.

Need help selling Cleveland to your workforce? EC works with a variety of stakeholders to achieve our mission. If you are interested in learning more about our work, please email