Next steps outlined in GCP’s strategic planning process

Work to advance progress on the new Greater Cleveland Partnership three-year strategic plan is continuing this summer.

Those next steps were outlined last week at the GCP Board’s quarterly meeting.

It will include securing additional feedback from GCP Board members and representatives from GCP member companies, as well as seeking their participation in task groups that will focus on the four key themes outlined by GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta at the organization’s Annual Meeting earlier this month.

Places of Impact, Talent that Fuels Growth, Driving Connectivity and Environment to Support Start, Stay, Scale Up.

The timeline calls for final recommendations to be presented at the Board’s third-quarter meeting in September followed by final Board approval at the December meeting. Read more.

CDA investments improve neighborhoods, create jobs

For more than a quarter of a century, Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has invested private-sector capital into real estate and business projects designed to attract additional development to improve the character and vitality of Greater Cleveland.

Results In 2016 included completion of four Salvation Army facilities financed in 2015, continued investment in workforce development and education, the commencement of the first phase of the long-awaited Lakefront redevelopment, and the grand opening of the reconstructed Public Square.

Learn more about CDA and its investments in the 2017 Investor Update. Click to read or download.

Commission 20 highlights broader list of strong performers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion's recognition of Northeast Ohio employers for their progress in creating, enhancing and sustaining their diversity and inclusion strategies includes selecting the Commission 20.

This group is composed of the Best-in-Class winners and those organizations who were strong contenders for a Best-in-Class award.

This recognition is based on their responses to the Commission’s Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment. Click to see who's on the list.

Policy makers debating state budget process, congressional redistricting reform

Important policy issues continue to be debated at the Ohio Statehouse leading up to a new two-year state budget deal that will need to be in place by the end of June.

In this segment of “GCP Insight,” Sante Ghetti, the GCP’s vice president of advocacy, speaks with State Senator Frank LaRose about the state budget and the possibility of congressional redistricting reform. Click to watch.

GCP submits testimony on importance of access to capital

On June 13th, the Greater Cleveland Partnership submitted testimony to the Ohio House Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development Committee regarding House Bill 10 (HB 10), legislation that would permit intrastate crowdfunding in Ohio.

HB 10 would allow Ohioans to invest in businesses through an online OhioInvests portal. Click to read the testimony.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about areas of focus in the organization’s new strategic plan including workforce development, business connectivity and supporting business growth.

Other topics include key items in the state budget--currently under discussion in the Ohio General Assembly--that impact business competitiveness. Click to listen.

Taking action to accelerate Cleveland’s economic momentum

GCP Annual Meeting previews three-year strategic plan

Cleveland, Ohio—It’s widely agreed that Cleveland has positively redefined its narrative and is viewed as a city on the move.

Now it’s time to accelerate that momentum and ensure that the city and Northeast Ohio are places where people and businesses want to be.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)—one of the largest metro chambers of commerce in the nation—is looking at what comes next.

The more than 1000 business, civic and nonprofit leaders at the GCP 2017 Annual Meeting, held today at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, heard a preview of the organization’s new three-year strategic plan that outlines the business community’s role in sustaining and enhancing the city’s economic progress.

In his remarks, Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual (above photo), discussed the four areas of focus in the GCP's new three-year strategic plan. He said they “best represent the most immediate needs of the business community and are also ones we can influence.” Read more.


Morning Conversation: State Representative Sarah LaTourette

GCP members are invited to our Morning Conversation program with State Representative Sarah LaTourette.

Sarah is currently serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 76th Ohio House District, which includes most of Geauga and northern Portage counties and serves on several committees including Agriculture and Rural Development; Health and Aging; Healthcare Efficiencies Study; Insurance; and State Government.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:


GCP Member Golf Outing

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.

Presenting Sponsor

A Cleveland Fan Experience

The $26 million renovation of Progressive Field was completed as a way to better connect the Cleveland Indians with their fans and create a unique and more positive experience for spectators.

Highlights included a new clubhouse behind home plate on the main level, an expansion of concessions for the entire ballpark, and an expand Kid Zone Area.

You’re invited for an evening at the ballpark as members of the Indians’ management team share how they listened to their customers to redesign sections of the ballpark. And, of course, stay for game vs. the Los Angeles Angels while enjoying club-level seats and amenities! Learn more.

3Q Middle-Market Forum

Save the Date!

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

Sponsored by

Ninth Annual Inclusion Conference

Please join us at the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference where four experts will continue the conversation from our 2016 conference on implicit bias.

We’ll take a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization. Learn more.

Who should attend: Diversity & inclusion practitioners, senior human resources managers, supplier diversity managers and procurement managers.

Sponsored by:


BizConCLE is a unique education and networking experience, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE, exclusively designed for middle-market CEOs, C-suite leaders and their teams, as well as small business owners.

The one-day convention includes national keynote speakers, plenary sessions led by regional business and community leaders, and interactive workshops. Learn more.