Hundreds Attend Sixth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference

GCP hosted the sixth annual Empowering Local Leaders Conference this past week in Washington, DC, in partnership with Congressman Dave Joyce, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.  During the conference sessions the 150 business, civic, and local public sector leaders heard from Congressional members from across Ohio, the U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Amazon Global Innovation Policy leader Paul Misener, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and others. 

Voters Approve HHS Levy and Redistricting Reform

On Primary Election Day 2018, voters approved two issues supported by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).  

A two-year renewal of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services (HHS) levy, Issue 9, passed with about 73 percent of the vote.  GCP leadership will continue to actively work with Cuyahoga County to determine the need and future structure of HHS levies going forward.

Issue 1 will create a more bi-partisan, public process for drawing U.S. Congressional districts and it was authorized with approximately 75 percent of the vote. 

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Vote Yes on Issues 1 and 9 on Tuesday

Voters will be confronted with two important issues when they arrive at the ballot box on Tuesday, May 8.  After careful analysis and consideration, GCP business leaders from across Northeast Ohio, recommend voting “Yes” on Issues 1 and 9.  

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Hundreds Gather for Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum

Hundreds of middle-market companies gathered on April 25 for the Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum.
The morning kicked off with the state of the middle-market presented by Tom Stewart from the National Center for the Middle-Market. The first quarter of 2018 is showing a steady rate of growth in revenue, employment and confidence in the local and global economy. Talent is the #1 challenge facing these companies. It is becoming more difficult to recruit and retain quality employees.
Immediately following the Stewart’s presentation, Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), shared his inaugural address with the crowd. 

The breakout sessions covered three topics critical for leaders to understand to run a successful business in the current economy: taxes, workforce and technology.

The day concluded with a panel of local craft brewing leaders discussing collaboration, strategic vision and what’s next in the industry.

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Crowdfunding Legislation Supported by GCP Clears One More Hurdle

House Bill 10 (HB 10) – a bill that would permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances – has moved one step further along in the state legislative process.  GCP and our partners have long been in favor of expanding access to early stage capital and our members are appreciative of the legislature’s desire to implement creative financing and programming in Ohio.  

The GCP presented formal, written testimony in support of HB 10.  The bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives last summer.  On April 18, it was unanimously approved by the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce, and Workforce Committee. 

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Repurposed Standard Building Holds Grand Opening

Cleveland’s historic Standard Building, located at 1370 Ontario St., held its grand opening on Wednesday, April 11, beginning its new life as a mixed-use residential and retail building.

Now home to 285 apartments  and complimentary first floor retail, the Standard Building was the second tallest building in Cleveland when it opened in 1925. 

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CDA Investor Report Released

The Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA) has proven itself to be one of the nation's most successful community development associations. In 2017, CDA deployed $56 million in financing to 13 impactful projects that represent $446 million in development.

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GCP Priorities Supported in FY 2018 Omnibus Bill

Congress recently passed the FY 2018 spending package that included support for many GCP federal policy issues, including:
• Continued funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million to support the five lake basin.
• $1.5 billion to support the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program that provides critical discretionary funding for road, transit and maritime projects – this is triple the amount of funding from the prior year. 
• More than $2.6 billion for the Capital Investment Grants program in addition to directed language for the Administration to continue the program as Congress intended.

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Racial Equity Institute’s (REI’s) Groundwater Training

Please note registration closes at 12 p.m. on Monday, June 18th. No walk in registrations will be accepted.

Join fellow Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) members on June 21 for a full-day event featuring Racial Equity Institute’s (REI’s) Groundwater Training and an afternoon of dialogue on racial bias and its effects on businesses. REI’s Groundwater Training is an introduction to racial equity using stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature and that, as such, not everyone is benefiting from our region’s growth and prosperity. This training is part of a multiyear community-wide awareness-building campaign—led by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress—to increase our region’s shared understanding of the ties between racial equity and economic development.

Morning Conversation: State Senator Larry Obhof

ObhofGreater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with State Senator Larry Obhof, who represents the 22nd District, which includes Medina, Ashland and Richland counties, as well as portions of Holmes County.

Larry Obhof serves as President of the Ohio Senate for the 132nd General Assembly.  As the presiding officer of the 33-member Senate, Obhof is responsible for leading the Senate's Majority Caucus as it sets the policy agenda for the two-year legislative cycle.  He is also responsible for the formal organization of the chamber, including recognizing members in debate, preserving order and decorum, calling for votes and signing all acts.  Click to register.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Promote Transparency and Awareness of Diversity Policies

The 2008 financial crisis caused widespread hardship to consumers and the financial services industry. Communities of color were disproportionately impacted both as consumers and employees of financial services companies. Likewise, large institutions’ efforts to utilize women-owned and minority-owned businesses decreased significantly during the economic downturn. Because of this, Section 342 of Dodd-Frank was created in 2010.

Member C-Suite Golf Outing

The Greater Cleveland Partnership will host their annual Member Golf Outing at Kirtland Country Club for C-suite executives and their direct reports on Monday July 23, 2018. Invitations to register your foursome will be mailed soon.

For more information, please contact Reagan Leatherman at or 216.592.2390

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Investor Series: WD25d

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Get an insider’s look at the new WD25d project happening in the Ohio City Neighborhood. The commercial side of the project includes commercial space, transportation, streetscape, parking and community park improvements for the betterment of the neighborhood. 

Join Peter Snavely from the Snavely Group on a tour of the construction as gives an insider look into the development and answers questions you may have. End the evening with a reception an networking hour.