Attempt to repeal Common Core a step backward for Ohio and its children

Chambers testify today against HB 597, Common Core repeal bill

COLUMBUS – Repealing Common Core is a misguided effort that would damage educational efforts to prepare our children for a highly complex, ultra-competitive future, according to business leaders from across the state.

Joe Roman, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) – the largest chamber of commerce in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation – today testified against House Bill 597 – which would eliminate the learning standards.

Common Core learning standards set high expectations for Ohio's students

Marty McGann, GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, provides an update on recent legislative activity related to Common Core learning standards in the latest “GCP Insight” video.

In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, McGann discusses the importance of correcting misperceptions about Common Core standards, which spell out what students are expected to learn but do not dictate curriculum. Click to watch.

GCP President elected vice chair of national chamber organization

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman was named vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors for 2014-15 at the ACCE Centennial Convention last week in Cincinnati.

After serving in this role for a year, he will become Board chair at the annual convention to be held August 11-14, 2015 in Montreal.

Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association serving the professional development needs of chamber professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

More action is needed to keep Highway Trust Fund solvent

Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president of advocacy, discusses challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund, the depository for the federal gasoline tax, in this segment of the “GCP Insight” video series.

Gattozzi explains why the fund is facing insolvency, the temporary solution to prevent a shortfall, what needs to happen to keep the fund solvent long-term, and where GCP weighs in on this issue. Click here or the image to watch.

Where are the new jobs? At middle-market companies

U.S. middle market companies have continued to maintain hiring increases in 2014.

More than 40 percent of middle-market companies added jobs compared to one year ago, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator report. Read more.

Investments in water quality supporting Cleveland's waterfront development

The importance of water and sewer infrastructure on the economic and environmental health of Northeast Ohio was the central theme of the 2014 Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC) Annual Meeting at Windows on the River.

Keynote speaker George S. Hawkins, Esq., general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority and a Greater Cleveland native, discussed the essential investments being made around the country to provide safe drinking water and ensure healthy rivers and lakes.

Hawkins’ message is incredibly timely as the development of Greater Cleveland’s waterfronts has become a priority. Read more.

Ohio's middle market reports 4.9 percent revenue growth

Ohio’s middle-market companies report a 4.9 percent revenue growth during the second quarter of 2014 when compared to growth of the second quarter in 2013, according to results of the National Center for the Middle Market’s 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator released this week.

In other results, the survey found that Ohio middle-market companies have less confidence in the local, national and global economies than the national middle-market average. However, Ohio companies say they are prepared for growth through capital investment with 69 percent saying they will invest in the next 12 months.  Learn more.


Corporate Club at Landerhaven Education Forum

GCP members are invited to join us for an Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon program featuring three of the region’s dynamic leaders of higher education institutions: (left to right):

  • Dr. Alex Johnson, president, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Dr. Beverly Warren, president, Kent State University
  • Dr. Scott Scarborough, president, The University of Akron.

GCP Middle-Market Fall Forum

"Fast Forward: Accelerating Progress for the 2016 RNC"

When all was said and done, Cleveland won. We’re hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Get an insider perspective about what happens next at our Middle-Market Fall Forum, “Fast Forward Accelerating Progress for the 2016 Republican Convention” on Friday, September 19 at the GCP offices.

Click to register.

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