Opportunity Corridor’s Steering Committee names Eddie Taylor, Michael Taylor as co-chairs

Cleveland, Ohio—The steering committee that provides crucial guidance and oversight of the Opportunity Corridor project in Cleveland has appointed two new co-chairs to assist in ensuring that the new roadway maximizes its potential to become a job-producing, economic development catalyst:

Eddie Taylor, Jr., (photo left) president of Taylor Oswald, an insurance brokerage firm partnered with Oswald Companies and headquartered in downtown Cleveland and Michael Taylor, (photo right) senior vice president at PNC, where he is responsible for community and economic development activities in Northern Ohio and five other states. Read more.

Why the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy needs your support

Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses the importance of the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy and why the organization supports it.

The ballot issue calls for the 10-year continuation of the 30 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, which, over the past nine years, has provided about $125 million for 300 Greater Cleveland arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. Click to watch.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Listen to this month's interview with GCP President and CEO Joe Roman and "Wills and Snyder" host Bill Wills and learn about:

 - The launch of Nestle’s $50M R&D center in Solon
 -  How hosting the first Republican presidential candidate debate on
    August 6 is a test run for the 2016 RNC
 -  Progress on the renovation of Public Square
 -  Accelerating efforts to improve public education in the City of Cleveland.

Ohio House, Senate approve state budget with personal income tax cut

Last week, the Ohio House and Senate approved the state budget and sent it to Governor Kasich for his signature. The budget spending plan maintains a 6.3 percent across-the-board personal income tax cut, further reduces taxes on small businesses, and eliminates earlier proposals to raise/expand the sales tax and Commercial Activities Tax.

“We are pleased with the General Assembly’s work on the tax reform plan in the state budget,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “We are grateful that we were able to work in partnership with our elected leaders to ensure Ohio’s tax plan keeps Ohio competitive and primed for further economic growth.” Read more.

GCP and Commission Annual Reports are now online

The 2014 annual reports of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, are now online.

The GCP Annual Report highlights progress in advancing our priorities in advocacy, physical development and infrastructure, business development, education reform, inclusion and our Middle-Market Initiative.

The Commission Annual Report includes a summary of the results of the 2014 Employers Survey on Diversity; information on the 2014 Best-in-Class award winners, the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, as well as a review of accomplishments during the first year of the Construction Diversity Initiative and the fourth year of operation by the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Cleveland.

GCP opposes HB 180 and SB 152

GCP asks General Assembly to vote “no” on bills, which interfere with home rule

Cleveland, Ohio – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Commission on Economic Inclusion joined the City of Cleveland in opposing two bills in the Ohio legislature that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.

House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152 would prohibit local governments from requiring contractors to employ a given number of residents within a geographic area for construction or improvement projects.

In a letter to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman said the proposed legislation threatens the successful Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) in place throughout Northeast Ohio. CBAs are important tools for regional and local governments to ensure that public expenditures result in real community gains, such as an inclusive workforce, apprentice opportunities, minority contracting and local hiring. Read more.


Aligning Inclusion with Business and Talent Outcomes

Please join us for the Commission on Economic Inclusion's seventh annual conference on Wednesday, August 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Corporate College East.

Our keynote speaker will be Sandy Harris, vice president, corporate diversity strategy and internal relations at Sodexho, which is ranked No. 5 among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

Who should attend: Diversity & inclusion practitioners, senior human resources managers, supplier diversity managers and procurement managers. Click for details.

Morning Conversation: Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for a morning conversation with Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley.

Kelley has been a member of Cleveland City Council since 2005 and currently serves as council president. Kelly is the chair of the Finance and Rules committees and previously served on the Aviation and Transportation and Public Utilities committees.

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The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman's Forum


Please plan to join us at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Chairman's Forum, an exclusive members-only briefing with our board chair, Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp.

The event will update you about our work to advance the priorities of the organization and the business community;inform you about important issues impacting the region’s economy and your company; and connect you with business leaders from other GCP Investor companies. Click to register.

Thanks to our event sponsors:

2015 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo

Save the date!

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2015 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo presented by the Cleveland Airport System.

The expo represents a unique opportunity to see the latest offerings in executive aviation and socialize with the leaders of Northeast Ohio's business community.