Public investment in arts and culture pays huge economic dividends

The GCP is backing passage of the November 3rd ballot issue calling for the 10-year renewal of the current 1.5 cents tax per cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County to support arts and cultural organizations.

Our arts and cultural organizations not only improve the educational performance of our schoolchildren, they also pay substantial economic dividends including employing nearly 9,000 people and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic activity. Read more.

Next steps in the proposed Cleveland-East Cleveland merger

In this week’s special segment of the “GCP Insight” video series: Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley about the proposed merger between the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Click to watch and learn more about the process and next steps.

GCP president elected chairman of international chamber group

Montreal -- Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) President and CEO Joe Roman has been elected chairman of the international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The group serves 7,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce.

Roman - who will continue to lead the GCP – said he is honored to serve as ACCE chairman.

He said the new position will allow him to learn about municipal issues from other chamber executives and will also give him a substantial platform from which to share the story of Cleveland’s multi-billion dollar revitalization. Read more.

Learn more about why we’re opposing marijuana legalization in Ohio

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses why the organization is opposing the ResponsibleOhio effort to legalize marijuana use in the State of Ohio.

He explains that, following a lengthy review, the GCP concluded the proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses.
Click to watch.

GCP opposes marijuana legalization

Concerned with impact on workplaces, businesses

Cleveland, Ohio The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) today announced its opposition to the ResponsibleOhio effort to legalize marijuana use in the state of Ohio, as well as  its support of a constitutional amendment limiting monopolies.

Following a lengthy review, GCP concluded the ResponsibleOhio proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses in Ohio.

GCP members are concerned about issues including: difficulty in recruiting drug-free employees; implications for workplace safety; impact on workforce productivity, quality and costs and the resulting effect on employer liability. Read more.

Ohio’s middle market steady growth tops national rate

Revenue growth for Ohio’s middle-market companies over the past 12 months topped that of the national rate, according to the National Center for the Middle-Market’s 2Q 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) report.

Ohio companies reported growth at 6.8 percent compared to a national rate of 6.6 percent.

“Ohio’s middle-market businesses are continuing to drive our state’s economy” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman noting that more half of those companies are in Northeast Ohio. Read more.

Opportunity Corridor’s Steering Committee names Eddie Taylor, Michael Taylor as co-chairs

Cleveland, Ohio—The steering committee that provides crucial guidance and oversight of the Opportunity Corridor project in Cleveland has appointed two new co-chairs to assist in ensuring that the new roadway maximizes its potential to become a job-producing, economic development catalyst:

Eddie Taylor, Jr., (photo left) president of Taylor Oswald, an insurance brokerage firm partnered with Oswald Companies and headquartered in downtown Cleveland and Michael Taylor, (photo right) senior vice president at PNC, where he is responsible for community and economic development activities in Northern Ohio and five other states. Read more.

Why the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy needs your support

Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses the importance of the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy and why the organization supports it.

The ballot issue calls for the 10-year continuation of the 30 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, which, over the past nine years, has provided about $125 million for 300 Greater Cleveland arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. Click to watch.


Morning Conversation: State Senator Sandra Williams

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for a morning conversation with State Senator Sandra Williams.

A native Clevelander, Senator Williams represents Ohio's 21st Senate District and  previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives.  She has been influential on key public policy issues that have positively impacted Northeast Ohio including development and passage of the plan to reform Cleveland public schools.

She also supported key investments in downtown economic development projects and provided leadership on transformational community development projects such as the Opportunity Corridor. Please RSVP to

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2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman's Forum

The 2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman's Forum with our board chair, Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, IS SOLD OUT AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

This members-only event provides updates about our work to advance the priorities of the organization and the business community and connects our members with business leaders from other GCP Investor companies. We appreciate the support of our members and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

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    2015 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo

    See the latest in executive aviation

    Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2015 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo presented by the Cleveland Airport System.

    The expo represents a unique opportunity to see the latest offerings in executive aviation and socialize with the leaders of Northeast Ohio's business community. Click to register.

    Corporate Club: Change and Challenge in the Classroom

    GCP members are invited to join us at the next Executive Caterers at Landerhaven Corporate Club luncheon for a conversation on "Change and Challenge in the Classroom." The panelists (left to right):

    Dr. Keith Kelly, superintendent, Mayfield City Schools; Sister Gretchen Rodenfels, OSU, president, Beaumont School for Girls; and Kirsten Ellenbogen, president, Great Lakes Science Center.

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    Save the Date! GCP Middle-Market Winter Forum

    Perspectives on the 2015 National Economy and Outlook for 2016

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to invite CEOs from our middle-market member companies to our fourth-quarter Middle-Market Forum where our speaker will be Dr. Martin A. Regalia, senior vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

    Join us for an informative presentation to hear how the national economy shaping up in the fourth quarter of 2015 and what are some of the key economic trends to watch for in 2016 that could impact your middle-market company. Registration information will be available soon. Please note: This event is for CEOs only.

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    Save the Date! 52nd Annual Public Officials Reception

    Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership

    This not-to-be-missed reception brings together the region’s federal, state, and local elected officials with business and community leaders. The Public Officials Reception is your opportunity to interact with decision makers on policy issues of importance to you, your company and the region.

    Registration will be available soon, so make sure this event is on your calendar!

    If you have questions, please email us at

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