Joe Roman on WTAM

The Republican National Convention takeaway for the city and its residents: Cleveland delivered!

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with WTAM’s Bill Snyder about the extremely positive feedback from delegates, visitors and the media about their experience here last week, what this means for the city going forward, and more. Click to listen.

What was it like to see the convention up close?

By Joe Roman
President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee

Opening Night: North Coast Harbor has NEVER looked so good, nor the lakefront more promising….over 12,000 guests, donors, delegates and media attended in perfect weather.

Personally, I remember when, over 20 years ago, Cleveland Tomorrow, our predecessor, and North Coast Harbor, where Dave Gilbert worked at the time, were working just to make sure people knew we had a harbor and park again.

Then came the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, a new stadium for the Cleveland Browns, and—just before the RNC—a new restaurant. With more to come.

I just wished that Senator Voinovich, the namesake of the park, could have seen it in all its full glory.

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In case you missed it: Convention media coverage praises Cleveland

Here are a few of the positive stories about Cleveland, suggesting that the message is getting through that the city has moved well beyond its past.

Washington Post: We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.

Chicago Tribune: Cleveland, a city on the rebound

Inside Edition: From doom to boom: Home to RNC, Cleveland is surging after years of urban decay

Wall Street Journal
(video): The Cleveland business leaders behind the GOP convention

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A volunteer’s experience: Helping visitors, taking photos, appearing on the “TODAY” show

By Paul Marnecheck
Membership Development Manager, Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE

Read about Paul's experience from the journal he kept:

Monday: This was my first full day as the guest INTHECLE Tweeter. The day began very positive. No traffic problems coming into work. The town looked and felt amazing.

Checked in as WAYFINDER @ Noon in Tower City and was assigned E. 4th and Prospect, which turned out to be where the main entrance to the Convention Center was! 

Got to see people from across U.S. all decked out in the political garb (hats, pins, buttons) including the OH delegation wearing buttons honoring former long time ORP Chair Bob Bennett...
In the evening, I was able to attend a dinner at TAZA on West 6th hosted by the Cleveland Lebanese-American Community for the Lebanese-American Members of Congress...I also managed to make it onto the TODAY Show doing a Trump impression for SNL’s Colin Jost. 

Thursday: July 21:
This was my last volunteer shift. I estimate I took 100 photos for people... Click to read more about Paul’s experience.

Above photo: Paul Marnecheck (right) with Jonathan Harris, a branch manager for Portage County District Library, who created a buzz with his “Make America Read Again” campaign.

It's convention week in Cleveland

After two years of bidding, planning, execution and deep breaths, the 2016 Republican National Convention is getting under way here in Cleveland. Fencing and signs are up to guide traffic, pedestrians, and parades throughout our downtown for the next 7-10 days.

Meanwhile, with some adjustments, many people will be following their daily routines throughout the week. To help you through the bustle of activities and people, the Cleveland 2016  Host Committee has put together some tips via its Community Update newsletter. Click for details.

GCP says “no” to Cleveland-only wage hike

Several weeks ago, members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership—the most comprehensive grouping of small, middle-market, and large businesses in the state—announced firm opposition to the proposal for a Cleveland-only, $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Click to read our blog
about our opposition to the proposal and how you can get involved in this issue.

Spurring investment in urban neighborhoods

Congressman Pat Tiberi talks with GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann about Cleveland’s success in utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to help spur investment in economically challenged urban neighborhoods.

The Congressman, a lead supporter of the NMTC program, says he’ll continue working to provide long-term certainty by making the program permanent. Click to watch the video.

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.


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.

Sponsored by:

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

Thanks to our:

Presenting Sponsor                                                            Reception Sponsor                      


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.

A GCP Middle-Market Forum: “Perspectives on the 2016 National Economy and Outlook for 2017”

How is the national economy shaping up for the fourth quarter of 2016? What are some key economic trends to watch for in 2017 that could impact your middle-market company?

Please join us at our fall forum for middle-market CEOs with our speaker, Loretta J. Mester, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Hear about economic growth and challenges for the remainder of this year and the beginning of the next. Click for event details.