The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has launched an extensive skilled-workers demand study to gauge labor needs for major construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland with the goal of increasing local and minority participation in those projects.
The study is one of of several recommendations presented to the Commission in a special report issued in 2012 and is a key driver in helping work toward the job-creation goals of the Community Benefits and Inclusion Agreement endorsed by public- and private-sector construction industry representatives.
Thirteen former elected officials participated in panel discussion moderated by retired Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin to kick off the GCP’s 50th anniversary Public Officials Reunion and Reception last Friday at Windows on the River.
More than 1,000 business and community leaders were on hand for the reception that followed the program.
In a letter to Ohio Senator Bill Seitz, chair of the Senate’s Public Utilities Committee, the Greater Cleveland Partnership formally declared its support for Substitute Senate Bill 58 (SB58).
“In doing so,” letter notes, “we recognize the drastic changes in Ohio’s energy landscape since Substitute Senate Bill 221 was passed over five years ago.”
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The Greater Cleveland Partnership today announced its support for Common Core and also urged tabling HB 237 because it believes the bill will undo important progress that has been made to improve education.
“Ohio House Bill 237 is a step in the wrong direction,” said Joe Roman, GCP’s president and chief executive officer. “Cleveland was among the first Common Core pilot locations in the nation and we know the impact these meaningful standards can have in our classroom.”
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has endorsed a proposal to create an Aerospace and Technology Study Committee at the state level.
“Aerospace and aviation is a significant economic driver to the state’s economy, employing over 130,000 workers,” said Carol Caruso, GCP’s senior vice president for government advocacy. “Our state is the top supplier to both Boeing and Airbus. Seventeen percent of total U.S. employment in aerospace and aviation is located in Ohio.” Read more.
Click here to watch our new video in the “GCP Insight” series. Learn about our efforts to support immigration reform and why we think it’s important to economic development in the Cleveland Plus region.
We've focused our efforts on increasing the number of high-skilled visas, known as H1-B visas, and the creation of High Skilled Immigration Zones, which would allocate a block of visas to geographic areas experiencing high unemployment.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) formally supports Substitute Senate Bill 58 (SB58), a legislative proposal aimed at reforming Ohio’s energy efficiency and alternative energy mandates.
In doing so, we recognize the drastic changes in Ohio’s energy landscape since Substitute Senate Bill 221 was passed over five years ago.
Find out which Northeast Ohio companies have recently joined the ranks as new GCP Investor members.
Click here to learn more about our member benefits and why your mid-market or large company should be a member of GCP.
The Board of Advisors of the Commission of Economic Inclusion, a program of GCP, has approved the Decade 2 plan that will guide the Commission’s work over the next 10 years.
This includes new vision and mission statements.
In keeping with the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s position on immigration reform, last week the GCP Advocacy Team traveled to Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Chamber and chamber partners in the Great Lakes region to advocate for immigration reform.
Over 600 travelers from industry, business, agriculture, the religious community, and grassroots organizations participated in the event. Meetings focused on the House of Representatives, which has taken a piecemeal approach to reform by introducing multiple pieces of legislation covering separate policy items in each.
Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate utilized $6 million of its 2013 New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) allocation toward the expansion of Steelyard Commons.
Project financing, which also included a $2 million NMTC allocation from JP Morgan Chase, conventional financing, and tax increment financing, closed last week.
U.S. mid-market companies extended their solid revenue and employment gains during the third quarter of 2013 and anticipate those trends will continue over the next 12 months, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 3Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator report released today.
Those gains, however, are predicted to come at a decelerating pace.
Several signs indicate there will be a state capital bill in early 2014. Governor Kasich’s office asked the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) to assist in the review process by serving as the local point of contact for organizations that wish to request funds for eligible economic development projects.
More information and a short questionnaire can be found here. Responses to the questionnaire are due by Friday, November 8.
Financing has closed on the first two projects to receive allocation from the $30 million federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) award that Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, received earlier this year.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds Governor Kasich and the Controlling Board for today’s decision to approve the release of federal funds for Medicaid expansion in Ohio to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
“We’ve supported Medicaid expansion, along with other chambers across the state, because the business community understands that failure to do so would harm employers and the state's bottom line,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. ”Expansion is good for businesses and Ohioans.”
Speaking on behalf of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Carol Caruso participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University on October 10.
The conference examined public policy issues and business development opportunities in the Great Lakes region and explored ways in which the Great Lakes states and Canada can collaborate to achieve common goals.
Backed by strong support from the public and private sectors, several action steps have been taken to implement recommendations on how to increase local and minority participation on major private sector construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland.
The action items provide the framework to carry out recommendations from a special report prepared for the Commission on Economic Inclusion in March 2012, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Read more.
For the fifth straight month, United Airlines’ Cleveland's flight operations team was No. 1 for getting out the airline’s first flights of the day as scheduled. Of the flights that left Cleveland before 9 a.m. in August, 87.5 percent were on time.
The CLE team topped its peers at all other United hubs including Washington Dulles, San Francisco and Newark.
Following the traditional August recess, Congress returns to Capitol Hill with a full agenda and a short legislative calendar.
In regards to GCP priority items, expect to see the House introduce and move its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), called the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
Using a variety of staff activities to supplement pledges, GCP reached its 2013 United Way goal, raising a total of $48,300 during its four-week Stellar Campaign.
The 2013 total topped last year’s fund raiser that collected close to $47,160.
The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, provides its members with national diversity resources through its partnership with DiversityInc, the leading source of information on diversity management. Read more.
Greater Cleveland Partnership Members are invited to the next program in our Morning Conversation series with State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Elected as Ohio's 48th Treasurer in November 2010, he serves as the state's chief investment officer and is charged with managing and collecting public funds. In this role, Mandel is increasing transparency by expanding how Ohio taxpayers can monitor state spending.
Please click here to RSVP.
Talented people seek out opportunities to grow and will flock to organizations that provide those opportunities. Does your middle-market company have the management systems that help motivate, measure, cultivate and retain talent?
We invite you to join us on Thursday, Dec. 12, as our panel of experts share their strategies to replace obsolete recruitment and retention efforts with breakthrough solutions that will give you a competitive edge for hiring and retaining the very best workforce.
Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a luncheon program and a conversation with Betty Sutton, the newly sworn-in administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) on Friday, December 13 at the GCP's offices.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to RSVP.
Save the Date!!
The 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting of Members will be held from 4 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. followed by a reception at 4 p.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 5 p.m. More details to come.