News

CDA closes on financing for UH Rainbow Center in Midtown


Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has closed on financing for the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children in Midtown.

CDA provided a $10 million federal and $2.5 million Ohio New Markets Tax Credit Allocation. Additional allocation was provided by Northeast Ohio Development Fund (NEODF) and PNC Bank who also served as the investor.

The newly constructed facility of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital will serve a federally designated medical/dental underserved area. Read more.

Federal priority issues include tax reform, funding for Great Lakes

Hear about some of the issues that are a high priority in Congress in this interview with Congressman Jim Renacci by Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of government advocacy.

Tax reform is key, and Ohio’s representatives are working to ensure that the final budget includes funding to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Click to watch.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” host Bill Wills about what’s happening with the state budget, the boom in the number of residents living in downtown Cleveland (reaching 15,000 this summer), and actions by the county and city to fund the proposed renovation of Quicken Loans Arena.

In addition, learn about the April 22nd groundbreaking of Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail. The new section will add 30 acres of dedicated park space to Cleveland and 1.9 miles of the Trail to the completed 88 miles between Cleveland and New Philadelphia. Click to listen.

Investing in The Q boosts Cleveland’s growing hospitality industry


Last week, Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman was interviewed on “ESPN Cleveland Tonight” on ESPN 850 WKNR by host Dave Skoczen about the proposed renovation of Quicken Loans Arena.

He talks about how the expansion would have a positive impact on Cleveland’s hospitality industry—which is a steadily growing contributor to the city’s economy.

He also discusses why renovations are needed now to ensure that the 23-year-old arena can be competitive with newer facilities. Read more.

Click to listen.

GCP supports commercial docket

Efficient and consistent resolution of legal business disputes can be a competitive advantage for our region. The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Commercial Court, in effect from 2013 to 2015, was one such success that made our region a better place to do business.

Following a modification to Ohio Supreme Court rules, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is joining other organizations from across our region in calling for reestablishment of this important docket.

Click to read our letter of support.

Senator Portman in Cleveland to discuss Great Lakes

The Port of Cleveland hosted U.S. Senator Rob Portman and state administration officials for a roundtable discussion with stakeholders supportive of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Greater Cleveland Partnership staff members were involved in the session that focused on how federal GLRI funding aims to combat invasive species, control polluted runoff and otherwise improve the Great Lakes.

A recent budget blueprint by the federal administration called for an elimination of GLRI funding. The GCP will continue working with local stakeholders, regional partners, and federal officials to build support for full funding ($300 million) of the GLRI. Read more.

Ohio chambers’ government-efficiency recommendations recognized for excellence

“Redesigning Ohio” to be featured on Harvard Kennedy School website

Cleveland—A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs. 

“Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website. 

The participating chambers—known as the Metro Chambers Coalition—include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of CommerceCincinnati USA Regional ChamberColumbus ChamberDayton Area Chamber of CommerceGreater Akron ChamberOhio Chamber of CommerceToledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

Read more.

Full federal funding urged for Great Lakes


Cleveland—The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland Water Alliance today issued a joint statement in response to the federal budget proposal released last week:

“We stand in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“The federal government must continue fully funding GLRI to preserve, protect and enhance the Great Lakes. We will work closely with our partners across the region and with our members of Congress to ensure this funding is restored.” Click to read the full statement.

Events

Linking IT Talent Job Fair

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team, in collaboration with OHTec and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), will host the "Linking IT Talent Job Fair" on Wednesday April 26, 2017 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Brecksville Community Center.


This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals to meet with leading Northeast Ohio companies to explore IT internship and job opportunities. Learn more.

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Morning Conversation: State Senator Joe Schiavoni

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni, who represents the 33rd District that includes the eastern part of Northeast Ohio.

In 2013, he was elected as minority leader in the Senate. Recently, he announced his candidacy for Ohio governor.

Senator Schiavoni has championed public policy that supports improved water infrastructure, high-quality public education and worker rights. Read more.

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REGISTER NOW for the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum!


Online registration is now open for the 2017 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 11 at Corporate College East. Our program will offer insightful, dynamic and informative presentations on hot topics that are impacting middle-market companies like yours.

Our keynote speaker will be Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed, an e-commerce business that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door.

Founded in 2013, Boxed is a middle-market company on a significant growth trajectory. It was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the next “billion-dollar startups.” Learn more.

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Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference to be held May 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

The event is presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests (photo left to right) Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). Learn more.

Digging Deeper: Measuring D&I Beyond Demographics

The next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Diversity Professionals Group will feature a presentation on "Digging Deeper: Measuring D&I Beyond Demographics" with Charmaine Brown, president & founder of Connexions Consulting, Inc.

The Commission's Diversity Professionals Group (DPG) is composed of senior-level staff from Commission-member organizations responsible for developing and implementing diversity management goals and initiatives within their organizations. Learn more.

Lock in premium seating for the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting!

Please  join more than 1,100 business and community leaders at the Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

We're pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners, and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.

From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer. She also served as executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. from 2010 to 2014.

To ensure premium seating for your company, click to purchase a table of 10.

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Internship Central Lunch and Learn Webinar

The new GCP Internship Central Lunch & Learn Webinar Series, to be held quarterly, will provide valuable information to employers on issues related to starting, managing, and/or growing internship programs.

At our first webinar, James M. McWeeney II, attorney with Walter Haverfield, will share his expertise regarding legal issues employers should know about internships.

Learn more.


Save the Date! GCP Member Golf Outing

Get ready to think green!

Mark your calendar and save the date for the Greater Cleveland Partnership Member Golf Outing on Monday, July 24. This event is for C-suite execs and their direct reports.

The day will include lunch, golf and dinner at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby.

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Please mark your calendar for our third-quarter Middle-Market Forum. Topics and speakers TBA.

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