Greater Cleveland Civic Connection continues tradition of collaboration

Public-private partnerships have been essential in driving Northeast Ohio’s economic resurgence over the past several decades, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has been an integral facilitator in bringing together the necessary partners for the betterment of the region.

This tradition of collaboration enters a new era in 2016 with the establishment of Greater Cleveland Civic Connection.

A program of the GCP, Civic Connection leverages the strength of our region’s business community and the leadership of our public sector to support economic growth through targeted investment in utility and transportation infrastructure. Read more.

Amended Cleveland-only minimum wage proposal is still a bad deal

A national organization—interested in advancing its agenda, regardless of the cost that the City of Cleveland and Cleveland residents would incur—has announced that it has finalized language for a Cleveland-only minimum wage ballot measure.

As the public learns more about the Service Employees International Union’s misguided approach and why its minimum wage proposal is a bad deal for Clevelanders, the union amended its original proposal that was sent to Cleveland City Council and rejected by an overwhelming vote.

The new version, which will still only apply to Cleveland, calls for the city’s minimum wage to increase to $12 in the first year, with $1-per-hour annual increases thereafter, until it reaches $15. At that point, the minimum wage would be tied to the cost of living.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership continues to oppose this effort because it puts Cleveland on an unlevel playing field with the rest of the state. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about in-the-news topics related to our organization's priorities.

The conversation covers how Cleveland has proven its ability to host mega-events after the success of the 2016 Republican National Convention; why the GCP opposes any form of Cleveland-only minimum wage hike; concerns over a possible Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers’ strike and more. Click to listen.

City Council rejects Cleveland-only minimum wage hike; voters may still decide

Last week, Cleveland City Council voted overwhelmingly—by a vote of 16 to 1—in opposition to the most aggressive minimum wage increase in the country.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine even released an opinion more than a month ago stating that municipalities cannot legally set their own minimum wage.

However, Cleveland’s charter still could provide the initiative’s supporters the opportunity to place the issue—or an amended version—on a future ballot to be decided by the voters. Read more.

25-year effort under way to protect our Great Lake

Learn about the $3 billion investment the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is making in Project Clean Lake, a 25-year effort to reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing into Lake Erie.

NEORSD Executive Director Julius Ciaccia also talks about water quality’s importance to economic and lakefront development in Cleveland. Click to watch.

Former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette remembered

Former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette was born in Cleveland, began his career as a public defender and in private practice before becoming Lake County prosecutor in 1988.

He served our region in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years. He died last week at the age of 62 after battling cancer.

“I lost a friend and the region lost a titan of public service,” stated Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH). “God rest, my friend. You will be missed.”

"Steve made tough decisions based on what was right, not on party loyalty," reflected Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). “He was a statesman and a true public servant. Steve will be greatly missed.”

Congressman LaTourette will always be remembered as an elected official who worked across party lines and partisan politics. He was instrumental in supporting his constituency and members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership on a variety of priority issues included in our Public Policy Agenda. Read more.

Take action to prepare your company for medical marijuana legalization

The Ohio legislature and Governor Kasich pre-empted a campaign to place the legalization of medicinal marijuana on the ballot by approving legislation a couple months ago that technically will—in September—make Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The good news for employers is specific protections advocated for by the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE were included in the legislation that passed.

In addition, the Ohio State Bar Association has made several recommendations to employers about how to ensure that your human resources policy clearly states your position on the use of medical marijuana. Read more.

Responding to public transportation funding cuts

In this week's "GCP Insight" video, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese talks about current and future budget challenges RTA is facing and what is being done to find a solution.

As an immediate action, the RTA Board approved a two-step 25 cents fare hike. Additionally, RTA is facing an $18 budget million cut due to lower sales tax revenue. Click to watch.


GCP 2016 Annual Meeting of Members

Come celebrate with us on Wednesday, September 7 as we look back at accomplishments and memorable events that are prominent indicators of Cleveland’s bright future and look ahead at our agenda to build on our city’s positive economic momentum.

This can't-miss event for the Greater Cleveland business community will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the stunning new Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Click for details.

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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.

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2016 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the 2016 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo on Thursday, September 15, presented by the Cleveland Airport System.

Come see the latest offerings in executive aviation and socialize with the leaders of Northeast Ohio’s business community.

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Morning Conversation: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel

The 48th Treasurer of the State of Ohio, Josh was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. As State Treasurer, Josh has helped take Ohio’s financial ranking from 43rd up to 7th in the nation and helped move Ohio from an $8 billion deficit to a $1 billion surplus.

He also has been a leader in the cause of increasing government transparency. He recently launched, posting Ohio’s checkbook online for the first time.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Ohio’s Electricity Market: Preparing Your 2017 Budget

We're pleased to invite CEOs, CFOs and their procurement and energy managers from our middle-market member companies to an energy forum on strategically managing your 2017 energy costs and exposure to recent regulatory changes.

Our speakers: John Bodine, VP, sales & business development (photo left) and Doug Schaefer, VP, managed energy products (photo right), both with OnDemand Energy, the GCP’s and COSE’s Energy Consulting Partner.
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A GCP Middle-Market Forum: “The Economic Outlook”

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. You'll hear a monetary policymaker’s perspective on the economic outlook for the balance of 2016 and the onset of 2017. Click for event details.