How state efforts are supporting minority business growth

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Jeffrey Johnson, chief of the Minority Business Development Division at Ohio’s Development Services Agency, talks with GCP Vice President of Advocacy Alesha Washington about the state’s outreach activities to support the growth of minority-owned businesses.

Click to watch.

Activity accelerates to legalize medical marijuana

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the acceleration of activity around efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.

Two groups are moving forward to try to get a medical marijuana proposal on the November ballot.

Meanwhile, leaders in the Ohio House of Representatives last week introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana and create a Marijuana Control Commission. Click to watch the video.

GCP Annual Meeting rewind:“A brokered convention” prediction

With the 2016 Republican National Convention starting three months from today (it runs from July 18-21), it’s interesting to recall remarks made by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting keynote speaker Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that this could be a “brokered convention.”

“That’s pretty exciting for those of us in the media,” he said.

Click to watch the video.

Joe Roman on WTAM

This month’s conversation with Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder,” includes good news about Greater Cleveland projects included in the state capital budget released this week, how the Greater Cleveland Partnership is ramping up its support of middle-market companies, new nonstop flights starting at Hopkins Airport and more.

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Efforts aim at helping Ohio expand its role in the film industry

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-48) discusses the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program with Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President of Government Advocacy Alesha Washington.

Watch the video to learn about proposed changes to the program to make Ohio more competitive in this industry.

Enhancing inclusion through County legislation: Why it matters

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is continuing advocacy efforts on Cuyahoga County’s inclusion legislation.

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Commission on Economic Inclusion Executive Director Brian Hall discusses the legislation and how it relates to broader efforts around community benefit agreements with “Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper. Click to watch.

Ohio chambers speak out on medical marijuana legislation concerns

The Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition provided testimony last week before the Ohio House Medical Marijuana Task Force about business community concerns and potential issues for employers if medical marijuana is legalized.

The coalition includes the chambers of commerce in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, collectively representing more than 40,000 employers.

Click to read the testimony presented by Coalition Chair Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He also provided task force members with language that should be included in any legislation, ballot initiative, or proposal to protect employers. Click to read the provisions.

The importance of strengthening the education continuum

In this week's  “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Ohio House Minority Leader State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-39) about the value and importance of education.

The discussion includes the impact that education has on the lives of young people starting with early childhood through post-secondary studies. Click to watch.

GCP comments support County efforts to boost inclusion on construction projects

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, recently provided public comment on Cuyahoga County’s proposed legislation to increase opportunities for small and minority-owned firms to do more work with the County.

The legislation was introduced by County Executive Armond Budish on February 9 and is a response to the most recent economic disparity study conducted by the County. The study found significant under-utilization of minority and female-owned firms for County construction projects.

Four pieces of legislation were introduced. The County Administration also introduced a resolution, passed by County Council last week, that would make the County an endorser of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Community Benefit Agreements on major construction projects.

Click to read the public comment.



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2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum

Join us for the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, Northeast Ohio's premier event for middle-market companies on Thursday, May 12 at Corporate College East. The forum is for middle-market CEOs, C-suite executives and their direct reports. Click for details.

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2016 Empowering Local Leadership Conference

The fourth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference, Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. is presented by the Cleveland Development Foundation with special guests (left to right): Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16).

Registration is now open!


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Ideas for Tomorrow -- Dr. David Agus, University of Southern California

GCP members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring Dr. David Agus, one of the world’s leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Agus has received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies, which continue to change the perception of health and empower people to maintain healthy lives.

He is professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California, where he leads the Westside Cancer Center and Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.

Morning Conversation: Congressman Dave Joyce

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Congressman Dave Joyce.

Congressman Joyce has represented the 14th District of Ohio since 2012 and is currently serving his second term. He is a member of the influential House Committee on Appropriations, where he makes it a priority to reduce the scope and size of government and protect American tax dollars. Click to RSVP.

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