Broad coalition promotes diversity in construction industry workforce

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) initiative has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) on major construction projects.

A new CDI video explores how this community endeavor got its start, what progress has been made and the impact it has had in Cleveland. Click here to watch.

GCP Board member appointed to medical marijuana advisory committee

Governor John Kasich has appointed Michael Stanek, vice president/CFO of Hunt Imaging in Berea and owner of Cleveland Cycle Tours, to a new panel that is being formed—the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.

Stanek also serves as a GCP Board member and as COSE Board chair.

The assignment is to represent employers’ views as regulatory proceedings on medical marijuana take place in Ohio. Read more.

The Cleveland connection to global markets

The Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership and five public-sector partners, serves as a forum where public- and private-sector leadership can collaborate on infrastructure projects and issues of critical importance to Northeast Ohio’s economic climate.

This week’s “GCP Insight” video focuses on the economic impact of the Port of Cleveland, one of the Civic Connection’s public-sector agencies. Click to watch.

Special election after November likely on minimum wage

Cleveland part-time workers’ measure withdrawn

A vote is not likely to take place in November on a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase that would phase in a $15 minimum wage—starting with $12 an hour in January—while the rest of the state remains at $8.10.

The measure is, however, expected to appear on a future ballot on a to-be-determined date after November.

A separate Cleveland-only part-time workers’ initiative that was in line to appear on the November ballot has been withdrawn by petitioners. Cleveland City Council is expected to pass legislation Monday afternoon granting the request and repealing the proposal. Read more.

New Commission Co-chairs announced

A transition of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s (COEI) leadership was announced at last week's Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting.

The new co-chairs are GCP Board member Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (photo left) and Lonnie Coleman, president, Coleman Spohn Corporation. Read more. 

Joe Roman on WTAM

Greater Cleveland Partnership President Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about indicators of Cleveland's progress and growth—including positive trends in population growth in the city and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Find out what is needed to keep the city’s economic momentum moving forward.

Click to listen.

GCP Annual Meeting celebrates city’s successes; lays groundwork for continuing momentum

Governor Kasich praises Cleveland’s comeback

Cleveland—The city and people of Cleveland have so many reasons to be proud of its comeback over the past 30 years through results delivered by a focused and extraordinary public-private partnership.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2016 Annual Meeting today highlighted many of those reasons and how this momentum can continue to propel the city forward.

The transformation of Cleveland and the Ohio economy

In his remarks, Governor Kasich praised the efforts of Clevelanders that have led to the city’s economic rebound and changed perceptions about Cleveland by people over the U.S. This economic transformation reflects what is happening throughout the state of Ohio. Read more.

New GCP Board Chair elected

Cleveland—Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, has been elected as the new chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors.

His election was announced today at the GCP Annual Meeting at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. 

Results of the 2016 Board membership election also were announced. Click for details.



The Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE are pleased to present BizConCLE, a unique education and networking experience exclusively designed for middle-market company CEOs, C-suite executives, small business owners and their employees.

The convention also includes a full exhibit hall, networking dinners hosted throughout downtown Cleveland, and multiple opportunities to connect through industry-focused round tables and networking receptions. Click for details. 

How to do Business with Healthcare

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is hosting an educational event for diverse suppliers interested in doing business in the healthcare industry. The program will include a panel featuring Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals.

Participants also will hear from three companies that have been successful doing business with healthcare systems and learn about business development resources available in our community: JumpStart, ECDI, Hispanic Business Center, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included. Click for more information and to register.

SAVE THE DATE! GCP Chairman's Forum

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to save the date and plan to join us for an exclusive briefing with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio.

You'll hear about our work to improve the business climate and advance economic development in our city, region, and state. Read more.

Commission on Economic Inclusion Leadership Forum

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, invites GCP-member company CEOs and two members of their senior leadership team, to a Leadership Forum on Monday, November 7, at The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Avenue.

The program will feature GCP Board and Executive Committee member Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, and Robert Gulliver, executive vice president & chief HR officer of the National Football League. Click to learn more.

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