Reconnecting Canton Recompete Plan

*2023 Recompete Finalist and Strategy Development Grant Recipient

Application Title: Reconnecting Canton Recompete Plan

Lead Applicant: Stark Economic Development Board

State(s) Served: Ohio

Applicant-Defined Region: 8 Census Tracts in southeast Canton, Ohio

Contact: Michelle Ward ([email protected])

The Reconnecting Canton Recompete Plan, led by the Stark Economic Development Board, requests approximately $20 million to invest in workforce development strategies, comprehensive wraparound and transportation services, and small business growth. A history of redlining, urban renewal, and industry decline have led to present conditions in southeast Canton where neighborhoods experience high levels of poverty and low educational attainment. The Finalist is working to address these conditions by building out the city’s proven job navigator model, expanding community resource hubs, and removing transportation barriers. The Finalist is drawing upon a coalition of committed partners to achieve its vision, including the City of Canton, Canton for All People, Ohio Means Jobs, Strengthening Stark Career Connect, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, and the Greater Stark County Urban League.

Recompete Plan Narrative (PDF)

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