How diverse is our region?

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has completed the analysis of the results of its 2015 Employers Survey on Diversity™.

The survey, which is completed by Commission member organizations, has provided contextual information on the status of economic diversity and inclusion efforts in our region for 14 years compiling data in four key areas: board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

The 2015 survey was completed by 85 Northeast Ohio employers with a total of close to 160,000 employees.
Click here for a summary.
      Click here for the full survey.

It's real and it feels terrific!

Here at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we join countless others in offering our congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champs!

This victory is sweet—spelling the end of Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.

But you can also look at it another way.

We all know that our professional sports teams are tremendous economic assets. Yes, the names have changed. But the facilities now named Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field were two of the initial catalysts of downtown Cleveland’s multibillion-dollar rebirth. Read more.

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Fixing Ohio's unemployment tax system

How your company can help

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) applauds recent legislative activity aimed at removing the burden of Ohio’s unemployment debt to the federal government from our employers.

However, we continue to seek reforms for employers that will bring long-term balance and stability to the state unemployment compensation fund. Your input is needed so we can properly convey the impact our unemployment system has on your operations.

If you would like to be an active participant in our efforts on this issue, please click here to share your contact information and your stories. You will be contacted in the near future.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s conversation with WTAM’s Bill Wills and Greater Cleveland Partnership CEO Joe Roman include:

Memories of former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor, George Voinovich, who died last week and updates on Cleveland’s readiness to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and progress on the Public Square renovation.

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Remembering George Voinovich

By Joe Roman

While no one leader or institution precipitated Cleveland’s decline in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a man who used vision, cooperation and dedication to launch the renaissance and momentum we all feel today in our city.

George Voinovich was a true believer and avid practitioner of the so-called public-private partnership—a vital cooperative effort that he led as mayor in the dismal wake of municipal default.

I met with the former mayor, governor and U.S. senator just two weeks ago. He was, in many ways, my professional mentor and a father of sorts. Whenever I asked him for help, guidance or his opinion, I always received a prompt and thoughtful reply.

During what turned out sadly to be our final conversation, we discussed many things including his career, things he wished he would have had time to do, and his just-completed book. Read more.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich (Innerbelt) Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers. While in several elected positions, he was a leader in addressing transportation issues facing our region and country.

Urban neighborhood revitalization continues in Cleveland

Last week, the Wall Street Journal included a story about young, educated, high-earning professionals who are moving to city neighborhoods with a focus on Ohio City in Cleveland.

Click to read the story about how this trend has changed the neighborhood, including a reduction in the office and retail vacancy rate to 2 percent and increased housing values.

Now, the redevelopment is expanding, just beyond Ohio City. Recently, the Board of Cleveland Development Advisors, the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, approved $12.5 million in financing to support the W25d project, located in the Ohio City Market District Sub-market.
(Image: Map of Ohio City, including the Ohio City Market District)

The $60 million multi-purpose development at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit, is being developed by the Snavely Group. Read more.

GCP-opposes Cleveland-only minimum wage increase

How would your company be impacted?

On May 26, the Greater Cleveland Partnership announced firm opposition to the proposal for a Cleveland-only $15 minimum wage.

While we do not philosophically object to raising the minimum wage, our membership has articulated grave concerns with the comparative size of Cleveland’s increase, the speedy timeline for implementation, and the focus on the city of Cleveland versus the state of Ohio as a whole.

Get involved: The GCP will continue to work with city leaders, civic organizations and other stakeholders to build a coalition to oppose this increase. Click here to learn how you can become an active participant in our efforts on this issue. Read more.

Lincoln Electric Welding Technology Center in Euclid moves forward

$12 million in Federal, Ohio New Markets Tax Credits provide crucial financing

EUCLID – Financing for The Lincoln Electric Company’s (a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.) new Welding Technology Center closed last week.

The project received an $11 million Federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation as well as $1 million in Ohio New Markets Tax Credits, the final piece of the incentive package needed to proceed with this state-of-the-art facility. The facility will be built at the company’s headquarters campus in Euclid, Ohio.

The 130,000 square foot center will focus on the training of welding educators and industry leaders to address the rising demand for welding education and careers in welding and advanced manufacturing. The center will have an immediate and significant impact including providing skilled workforce development opportunities for people with low incomes and residents of low income communities. Read more.


Mitigating the Effects of Unconsious Bias

The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM) are co-presenting an interactive workshop for diversity and HR professionals on “Mitigating the Effects of Unconscious Bias,” on Wednesday, July 6 at Baldwin Wallace University's Center for Innovation and Growth. Click for details.

Eighth Annual Inclusion Conference

Join the Commission on Economic Inclusion on August 17 for a full-day conference focused on implicit bias— the research behind it and practical applications to mitigate its effect in the workplace.

Our morning keynote speaker, Harvard professor and author Mahzarin Banaji, will discuss how well-intentioned people behave in ways that deviate from their intentions and how this state of affairs compromises decisions in the workplace.

Who should attend: Diversity & inclusion practitioners, senior human resources managers, supplier diversity managers and procurement managers. Click to learn more.

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SAVE THE DATE! GCP 2016 Annual Meeting of Members

Please mark your calendar for the Greater Cleveland Partnership's 2016 Annual Meeting of Members, which will be held Wednesday, September 7 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

Our program includes:

   - An update on progress towards our priorities
   - An overview of the impact of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Northeast Ohio
   - A  discussion of our agenda for the remainder of the year and beyond
   - Special presentation: Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in Class Awards

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OHTec CIO Symposium

Please mark your calendar and save the date for the OHTec 2016 CIO Symposium.

Since 2000, the CIO Symposium has offered an exceptional forum for CIOs and IT executives to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with their peers. Learn more.