Industry Sector Partnership Grants: This Year’s Best & A Look at the Program’s Future

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 5

An examination of how regional partnerships are producing powerful results and how industry sector grants help amplify them.

Since 2016, Hope Arthur has been leading the Greater Cincinnati region’s Healthcare Workforce Industry Sector Partnership. In this role, she convenes employer-led partnerships to address shortages and skills gaps in the regional healthcare labor pool. She creates and aligns training and education programs with employer needs, develops robust and equitable health career pathways with multiple entry and exit points, and uses industry intelligence to build the region’s talent supply pipeline. She also works extensively with employer partners to create, pilot, and implement good job strategies.

Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Hope was with Sinclair Community College in workforce development for almost ten years. She also created and designed custom workforce solutions for key employers and was Employer Liaison for a Gates-funded Completion by Design initiative, aligning students’ education with future employment

Hope is deeply committed to building her community and has devoted countless hours volunteering with non-profit and professional organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Butler University. She and her husband Brian just celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, and live in Centerville, OH with one very spoiled cat.  Hope also just completed her third and final full marathon.


Jim served for 30 years as President of The M. K. Morse Company, a global manufacturer of perishable cutting tools. During those years he always recognized that people were the company’s most important asset.  The recent shortage of labor has inspired Jim’s current focus – implementing best-in-class workforce development solutions to meet staffing objectives, including hiring and retention.

In March, 2021, Jim worked with 3 other manufacturing employers known as the founders – Allen Green (H-P Products), Mike Hoffman (Lindsay Precast), and Tom Schmidt (Barbco) and with 3 intermediaries – Barb Bennett (Canton Regional Chamber), John McLaughlin (Stark Economic Development Board), and Janelle Lee (MAGNET), to form the Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership (SCMWDP) which is an Ohio Manufacturer’s Association Endorsed Industry Sector Partnership. Jim has served as President of the SCMWDP since its formation.  

Jim is lifelong Ohio resident and a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  He and his wife Jacquie have four sons, Paul, Will, Jack and Ross.  Paul and his wife Jenny have two children, Evie and Cole.  

Christina Misali is a human resources and talent management professional, currently serving as the Director of the Talent Pipeline work at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She is focused on the tech talent ecosystem leading Apprenti Cincinnati, a registered apprenticeship program for tech talent, and overseeing talent attraction efforts for the Chamber. She is centered on additional talent solutions at the Chamber including higher education relations, work-based learning initiatives and other programs that build communities to enrich the region. 

Christina received her M.Ed. in Human Resource Development and B.A. in Communication Arts from Xavier University. She has extensive event planning and event execution experience in addition to her recruiting and employee relations work. Christina is a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Ambassador Council, a 2021 Forty under 40 honoree, graduate of C-Change Class 13, and a member of the Lindner Career Services Advisory Board at UC. 

Outside of work, she enjoys remaining active, spending time with her family, and exploring the local food and wine scene in Cincinnati.