Happy Dog owner will lead a hospitality recovery group – Crain’s Cleveland Business

Posted: January 19, 2022 at 11:16 am

The Fund for Our Economic Future appointed Cleveland venue operator and business owner Sean Watterson as senior consultant, Hospitality Talent and Strengthening Workplaces.

Watterson will be responsible for identifying both short-term and long-term solutions to improve the hospitality industry's ability to attract, retain and promote workers in the position housed within the Fund for Our Economic Future, with funding support from Cuyahoga County's Department of Development, the Deaconess Foundation and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and with additional support from Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

"For nearly two years, businesses and workers in hospitality have endured significant pandemic-induced uncertainty," said Bishara Addison, director of job preparation for the Fund for Our Economic Future, in a statement. "Together we philanthropic, civic and public partners recognize the critical role hospitality plays in our region's economic success. Sean's work will help restaurants, event venues and other hospitality businesses, and the people these businesses employ, navigate today's uncertainty and build toward a better tomorrow."

Watterson is president and co-owner of the Happy Dog, a bar and music venue in the Gordon Square Arts District, and will work "to advance a more equitable economy, and a newly adopted three-year strategy that seeks creative solutions to the region's most pressing economic challenges," according to the announcement.

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Happy Dog owner will lead a hospitality recovery group - Crain's Cleveland Business

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