Amid scrutiny over Cleveland police hiring practices, the department has been scouting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help fix its image. Not everyone is on board.
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The median income for white residents in the Cleveland area is more than twice that of Black residents. White workers are disproportionately represented in higher-wage occupations, while Black worker are disproportionately represented in lower-wage jobs. Some Northeast Ohio companies are taking steps to close the gaps.
Fifty years ago, when Clevelanders needed to fund schools, pay for parks or expand libraries they relied on booming tax revenue from large companies. General Motors, Republic Steel Corp. and Ford Motor Co. employed thousands of people and provided a tax base to fund services for the community. But Cuyahoga County’s economy has changed.