GCP urges appropriate dredging of Cuyahoga River

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided testimony on SB 333, the water quality mid-biennium review bill currently moving through the legislature.

The bill continues efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state, including strengthening requirements for disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities.

The GCP long has been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favor SB 333 to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River. Read more.

Employers welcome delay of Department of Labor overtime rule

On November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that was set to go into effect December 1. It would have doubled the current threshold under which employees must be paid overtime.

This means the implementation deadline will not be enforced and employers do not need to comply by December 1. Read more.

CDA receives $60 million federal award to spur economic growth in Cleveland by attracting private investment

CLEVELAND –The positive momentum in Cleveland is expected to continue as the region received a $60 million federal tax incentive that will help drive new projects in the city estimated to be valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

The award of federal New Market Tax Credits to Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA)—an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)—is an invaluable leveraging tool in advancing the city’s revitalization.

The tax credits are used to attract private investment needed to complete catalytic projects that create positive economic impacts in low-income communities, including workforce development, quality employment and neighborhood revitalization. CDA had been awarded a total of $215 million since the program’s inception. Read more.

Business and political leaders connect at GCP’s Public Officials Reception

The 53rd annual Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, brought more than 500 of Northeast Ohio’s business and community leaders together with elected local, state and federal officials Friday night at Windows on the River.

The event kicked off with a pre-reception conversation with Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Cliff Rosenberger moderated by GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. The discussion focused on legislative priorities for the coming session.

Many thanks to our sponsors, members and their guests for making the event a tremendous success.

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Find summer interns at no cost to your company

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central program is collaborating with Cuyahoga Community College to offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s Summer Internship Program.

Students will be compensated by the college at $10 per hour. They also will receive financial support for one course during the Summer Term (up to 4 credits) and one book (up to $125). Learn more.

GCP 2016 Election Report

Now that the voters have spoken, it’s time to interpret the results.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2016 Election Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 General Election results on GCP priorities, the Northeast Ohio business community and economic development in our city and region.

In addition to commentary on the presidential and U.S. Senate races, we discuss the outcomes of voters’ decisions on Issue 32, the proposed 0.5 percent City of Cleveland income tax increase and Issue 108, the four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and its high-quality charter school partners. Click to read or download.


Chief Procurement Officers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, through the MBE Services Collaborative, is exploring the possibility of creating a regional interchange for supplier diversity. It will utilize the latest in social networking tools to allow buyers, suppliers and service providers to accelerate each of their activities efficiently. 

This digital marketplace would serve not only as a searchable database of minority owned businesses but also allow corporations to communicate upcoming opportunities for which they would like to ensure MBE participation.

The next meeting of the Chief Procurement Officers (CPO) Group on Thursday, December 15 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East, will be an opportunity to provide input and ensure that The Marketplace provides maximum value to our members. 

Ideas for Tomorrow

Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director, Character Lab Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

GCP members are invited to Cleveland Clinic's "Ideas for Tomorrow" program featuring Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She also is the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. Previously, she founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its 20th anniversary. NOTE: Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

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:


SAVE THE DATE! 2017 GCP Internship Summit

Please mark your calendar and save the date for our 2017 Internship Summit on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. in Independence. We’ll provide more details soon.

The 2016 event, which included the launch of GCP’s Internship Central initiative, was attended by about 250 educators and business community representatives.