FitzGerald Names Fuentes Co-Chair of Cuyahoga County Economic Inclusion Task Force


Press Release: NEOHCC
Congratulates Chairman of the Board Carlos Fuentes’ Appointment as Co-Chair of
the Cuyahoga County Economic Inclusion Task Force

The Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce would like
to congratulate our Chairman of the Board, Carlos Fuentes, on being named as
one of five Co-Chairs overseeing the newly formed Cuyahoga County Economic
Inclusion Task Force by County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
The Economic Inclusion Task Force will begin its work in
light of the $5 billion in economic activity downtown and to make sure that all
qualifying county businesses can effectively participate in the $100 million
economic development fund.
The primary goals of the task force are to examine and
develop the County’s employment practices, contracting practices and promote
diversity and inclusion in development projects in Cuyahoga County. These goals
will be attained through researching local and national initiatives, trends and
best practices, meetings and offering the opportunity for public engagement.

“The Economic Inclusion Task Force will be tasked with devising a strategy to
insure that as we continue to add to our list of major projects, the economic
benefits that flow from those projects will actually reach those who need work
the most,” said FitzGerald. “Economic inclusion cannot be based on privilege,
or nepotism, or cronyism. As we grow out of the recession, I am confident that
the over sixty distinguished citizens who have volunteered to serve on the
Economic Inclusion Task Force will develop a fair and workable strategy to
insure that economic opportunity is open to every resident, especially those
who have historically been excluded.”

Mr. Fuentes said, “I am honored to have been selected to
serve as a Co-Chair of the Cuyahoga County Economic Inclusion Task Force.  It is essential that all stakeholders
throughout the county have every opportunity to participate in every sector of
our growing economy.  I look forward to
serving County Executive FitzGerarld’s mission with my Co-Chairs and all of the
citizen volunteers who support the vision of a more inclusive range of economic
opportunities for Cuyahoga County.”
The five Co-Chairs have the goal of specific recommendations
to the County Executive by mid- to late- summer.  The Co-Chairs’ term kicks off with a meeting
with County Executive FitzGerald on March 14, 2012.  For more information on the task force please
visit: http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/030712-Economic-Inclusion-Task-Force.aspx.
The Economic Inclusion Task Force Co-Chairs are:

Inajo Davis Chappell
Ulmer & Berne, Partner

Carlos Fuentes
US Department of Commerce, Financial/Procurement Specialist

Rev. Cory Jenkins
Shiloh Baptist Church, Pastor

Nancy Mercado
Cuyahoga County, SBE Director

Chris Ronayne
University Circle, Inc., President