News

CDA invests in new home for The Children’s Museum


Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, provided an $8 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation for the new Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC).

CMC has acquired and is renovating the Stager Beckwith mansion on Euclid Avenue in MidTown, one of the last remaining mansions of Cleveland’s historic Millionaire’s Row. The three-acre property is conveniently located two blocks from I-90 and on the Healthline.

It will provide the museum a larger home complete with ample parking and green space for an outdoor play area. Read more.

Update on medical marijuana in Ohio

As the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and our members continue to monitor the implementation of medical marijuana in the State of Ohio, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently announced an updated timeline.

The first marijuana cultivator licenses will likely be awarded in November. While cultivator licenses could be awarded earlier than November, state officials believe that time frame is a safe prediction.

The Ohio Department of Commerce is currently reviewing 185 cultivator applications; ultimately, that number will be reduced to 24 cultivator licenses.

The entire program is required by law to be operational by September 2018. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In today’s interview with Bill Wills, co-host of “Wills and Snyder,” GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks about economic development news of importance to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

This includes what’s happening with plans to renovate The Q; a key win for the region with Governor Kasich’s signing of the water quality bill; and how recognition of the economic impact that NASA Glenn has on the city and state is becoming more widespread. Click to listen.

Job Creation Tax Credit can apply to employees who work from home

When Governor Kasich signed the state budget bill into law, it included an important provision that would allow eligible employers applying for the Job Creation Tax Credit to count qualifying work from home employees in their job creation totals.

The provision also ensures that the benefit of an employer expanding in or locating in the state still has an advantage for Ohio by specifying that the new employees must reside here.

The GCP championed the inclusion of this provision in the state budget bill, as well as stand-alone legislation sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan and Representatives Tom Patton and Sarah LaTourette. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Yesterday, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee announced that Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention resulted in up to $188.4 million of economic benefit to Northeast Ohio.

But that’s not the only positive outcome.

On today’s “Wills and Snyder” program, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talked about the positive long-term outcomes of the event that included changing the narrative about Cleveland and demonstrating that the city can successfully host a convention of any size. Click to listen.

GCP advocacy efforts continue to protect and support NASA Glenn


NASA Glenn Research Center’s recently released FY 2016 Economic Impact Study demonstrates that the importance of the center continues to grow.

NASA Glenn has an overall $1.4 billion economic impact on Northeast Ohio, an increase from the previous fiscal year. The center generates $125 million in tax revenue for the region and has created, directly and indirectly, more than 7,000 jobs in the region.

The annual study produced by Cleveland State University helps to illustrate NASA Glenn’s impact on the State of Ohio and serves as a critical advocacy tool to support the center in Washington DC and Columbus.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership maintains a leadership role in working collectively with Ohio’s federal and state elected leaders to protect NASA Glenn’s core missions and position the center to seize new opportunities that advance new technologies for space exploration and the business community.

Read more.


Photo: A Centaur engine display with the NASA Glenn Flight Research Building in the background. Source: NASA Glenn website

Water quality bill signed; will strengthen protection of Lake Erie, connected waterways


Governor John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 2—the legislature’s key water quality legislation—at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Representatives from the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority were present with state leaders to celebrate the occasion.

The Governor spoke of Lake Erie as one of Ohio’s greatest natural assets. The policy changes in Senate Bill 2 will help to strengthen the quality of the lake and connected waterways, which has a significant impact on a variety of industries in Ohio.

Through written testimony and ongoing advocacy with key elected leaders, the GCP was successful in supporting the bill through final passage in June.

Read more.

Key considerations in finalizing the new state budget

In this “GCP Insight” video, State Representative Sarah LaTourette talks with Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of advocacy, about some of her recent legislative priorities.

They include health care and key considerations that were discussed in the process of finalizing the new state budget.

Click to watch.

Great Lakes funding restored, advocacy continues


Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior (EPA and related agencies) marked up its FY2018 appropriations bill.

This proposal restored the $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that was originally eliminated in the president’s executive budget proposal. The subcommittee also included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged materials from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the State of Ohio.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership thanks subcommittee members Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for their hard work on these initiatives. Read more.

Greater Cleveland Partnership purchases its building

CLEVELAND—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is putting down solid roots in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district by exercising a purchase option on its 1240 Huron Road East building.

The GCP moved to the 72,000-square-foot building in 2011 following a three-year stint in the Higbee Building, which is now occupied by JACK Cleveland Casino.

Over the years, the Playhouse Square neighborhood has become a major hub for non-profit organizations and businesses alike making it an ideal central location in downtown Cleveland for the 8,500-member business organization. Read more.

Events

Ninth Annual Inclusion Conference

Please join us at the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference where four experts will continue the conversation from our 2016 conference on implicit bias.

We’ll take a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization. Learn more.

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

Growth in the Middle Market

An exclusive conversation with Hyland President and CEO Bill Priemer

Through continuous growth due to new lines of business, acquisitions and continued customer development, Bill will talk about the company’s journey over the last few years, what’s to come, and why they continue to find pride in calling Northeast Ohio home.

Bill and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman also will discuss hot topics on the minds of many CEOs including what’s trending in tech, how to develop your workforce and how innovation is key to staying ahead. Click to register.

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OHTec CIO Symposium 2017

Since 2000, the OHTec CIO Symposium, the longest-running gathering of these tech leaders in Northeast Ohio, has offered an exceptional forum for CIOs and IT executives to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with each other.

The 2017 symposium will offer an invaluable experience for CIOs of any industry, from any size enterprise and at any stage of their career.

Learn more.

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Greater Cleveland Partnership 2017 Chairman's Forum

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for an exclusive briefing with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of 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.

Click to register.

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Sales Academy Sessions One & Two

Proven sales trainers Hal Becker (photo left) and Marvin Montgomery (photo right) have created two hands-on workshops for sales professionals and sales managers.

Session One is a full-day sales training that will cover the gamut of the sales process including effective cold-calling techniques, selling on value vs. price, overcoming customer resistance, and closing and follow-up technique. Learn more.

Please join us at BizConCLE!

BizConCLE is a unique education and networking experience, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE, exclusively designed for small business owners, middle-market CEOs, C-suite leaders and their teams.

The one-day convention includes national keynote speakers, plenary sessions led by regional business and community leaders, and interactive workshops. Learn more.

Morning Conversation: State Auditor Dave Yost

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation discussion with State Auditor Dave Yost.

Elected to a second term in November 2014, Auditor Yost continues to build a legacy of fighting fraud and “skinnying down” government.

Since 2011, he’s helped to turn more than 100 corrupt public officials into convicted criminals and identified over $22 million in stolen and misspent tax money. After taking on student attendance data rigging in his first term, Auditor Yost is currently working to bring increased accountability to Ohio’s charter schools. Click to register.

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SAVE THE DATE! 54th Annual Public Officials Reception

The 54th annual Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, brings together the region’s federal, state, and local elected officials with business and community leaders.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at FirstEnergy Stadium!

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SAVE THE DATE! Third annual Cleveland Internship Summit

We invite you to be part of the discussions between business community representatives and educators about how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Cleveland Internship Summit on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Venue details to come soon.

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