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Tax reform and the Northeast Ohio business community

On Friday, February 24, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) hosted a forum with Senator Rob Portman and GCP members regarding the direct impact our nation’s tax code has on job creators and the business community as whole.

The constructive discussion provided business leaders from across the region the opportunity to address critical tax issues and specific tax priorities that directly impact our region.

Click to watch a portion of the Senator’s remarks after the meeting.

Plugging in: Business community input needed to address workforce challenges

In a 2016 poll of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors, approximately two-thirds of the respondents identified recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce as a top business challenge for their companies.

With the GCP ramping up its talent and workforce development efforts, there are currently several opportunities for GCP members to get involved in a variety of programs and initiatives.

Learn more about how you and/or others in your company or organization can plug in to provide business community input. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s conversation with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks about provisions in Governor Kasich’s proposed budget, including tax reform, and why the Greater Cleveland business community has an even stronger interest in what could happen with tax reform at the federal level.

There’s also positive news about job creation and business development from some of Northeast Ohio’s major employers.

Click to listen.

Addressing the challenges of recruitment and talent development

Workforce continues to be an area of challenge for Northeast Ohio employers.

Businesses are seeking skilled workers who are reliable, have on-the-job experience and are committed to growing with the company. At the same time, college students in the region are learning that in today’s competitive market, real-world work experience is crucial to landing a job and advancing their careers.

The second annual Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) last week at the Embassy Suites in Independence, helped further the conversation around these workforce challenges and provided best practices in recruitment and talent development. Read more.

GCP instrumental in significant business expansion project

The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Business Development team and Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, were instrumental in helping to marshal a financial package to support Charter Steel’s $150 million investment to build a new Special Bar Quality (SBQ) bar mill adjacent to its existing coil mill and steel-making operations in Cuyahoga Heights.

In addition, CDA has reserved (pending final underwriting and board approval) $10 million of its current award of New Markets Tax Credit Allocation for this significant business expansion project. Read more.

GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report released

As a region, we have recently enjoyed many gratifying success stories.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is more energized than ever to support your priorities through government advocacy. Critical tools at our disposal, like the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee (GCP PAC)—help ensure the collective voice of all our members is heard in state and local government.

The GCP recently unveiled the GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report, a document that summarizes the progress we’ve made to further strengthen the GCP PAC and the impact we can have going forward by collectively pooling our resources for the betterment of our business environment.  Read more.

Online Diversity Assessment now available online

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has collected data and reported on the status of diversity and inclusion in Northeast Ohio for 16 years using the Employers Survey on Diversity, now known as the Diversity & Inclusion Organization Assessment.

The results of the D&I Organization Assessment function as a barometer of inclusion in our region and provide employers with a tool and benchmarks for examining their own diversity and inclusion efforts.

The new Assessment was rolled out last week to organizations that have participated in the past. It is also available to all GCP members as a benefit of membership. Learn more.

Events

Procurement Professionals Group

Please join us for the next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Procurement Professionals Group on Tuesday, March 7 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of JumpStart, Inc., 6701 Carnegie Avenue.

Our speaker will be Tiffany Randle, manager of supplier diversity at Eaton, whose presentation will focus on “Everyone on Board: Communicating Supplier Diversity throughout your Organization.” Click for details.

Morning Conversation -- Congressman Jim Renacci

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Congressman Jim Renacci, who represents the 16th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

First elected in November 2010, he is currently serving his fourth term in Congress where he is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. Click for details.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Linking IT Talent to Opportunity

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team, in collaboration with OHTec and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), will host "Linking IT Talent to Opportunity" on Wednesday April 26, 2017 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Brecksville Community Center.

This career and professional development event allows leading Northeast Ohio companies to connect with current IT students, recent IT graduates and IT professionals to discuss career paths, internships, and job opportunities. Learn more.

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SAVE THE DATE! Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum


Please mark your calendar for the 2017 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 11 at Corporate College East. Our program will offer insightful, dynamic and informative presentations on hot topics that are impacting middle-market companies like yours.

We're pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed, an e-commerce business that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door.

Founded in 2013, Boxed is a middle-market company on a significant growth trajectory. It was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the next “billion-dollar startups.” Learn more.

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Mark your calendar for the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendar and plan to join more than 1,100 business and community leaders at the Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The program will feature an update on our priorities, a preview of the projects and initiatives that we will embark upon as a part of our new strategic plan, and more.

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Save the Date! GCP Member Golf Outing

Get ready to think green!

Mark your calendar and save the date for the Greater Cleveland Partnership Member Golf Outing on Monday, July 24.

We’re planning a full day from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. that will include lunch, lots of golf and dinner at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby.

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3Q Middle-Market Forum


Save the Date!

Please mark your calendar for our third-quarter Middle-Market Forum. Topics and speakers TBA.

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