The Cleveland connection to global markets

The Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership and five public-sector partners, serves as a forum where public- and private-sector leadership can collaborate on infrastructure projects and issues of critical importance to Northeast Ohio’s economic climate.

This week’s “GCP Insight” video focuses on the economic impact of the Port of Cleveland, one of the Civic Connection’s public-sector agencies. Click to watch.

Special election after November likely on minimum wage

Cleveland part-time workers’ measure withdrawn

A vote is not likely to take place in November on a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase that would phase in a $15 minimum wage—starting with $12 an hour in January—while the rest of the state remains at $8.10.

The measure is, however, expected to appear on a future ballot on a to-be-determined date after November.

A separate Cleveland-only part-time workers’ initiative that was in line to appear on the November ballot has been withdrawn by petitioners. Cleveland City Council is expected to pass legislation Monday afternoon granting the request and repealing the proposal. Read more.

New Commission Co-chairs announced

A transition of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s (COEI) leadership was announced at last week's Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting.

The new co-chairs are GCP Board member Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (photo left) and Lonnie Coleman, president, Coleman Spohn Corporation. Read more. 

Joe Roman on WTAM

Greater Cleveland Partnership President Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about indicators of Cleveland's progress and growth—including positive trends in population growth in the city and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Find out what is needed to keep the city’s economic momentum moving forward.

Click to listen.

GCP Annual Meeting celebrates city’s successes; lays groundwork for continuing momentum

Governor Kasich praises Cleveland’s comeback

Cleveland—The city and people of Cleveland have so many reasons to be proud of its comeback over the past 30 years through results delivered by a focused and extraordinary public-private partnership.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2016 Annual Meeting today highlighted many of those reasons and how this momentum can continue to propel the city forward.

The transformation of Cleveland and the Ohio economy

In his remarks, Governor Kasich praised the efforts of Clevelanders that have led to the city’s economic rebound and changed perceptions about Cleveland by people over the U.S. This economic transformation reflects what is happening throughout the state of Ohio. Read more.

New GCP Board Chair elected

Cleveland—Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, has been elected as the new chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors.

His election was announced today at the GCP Annual Meeting at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. 

Results of the 2016 Board membership election also were announced. Click for details.

GCP/COSE urge long-term reforms to make unemployment compensation fund solvent

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Mike Stanek (above photo), who also chairs the COSE Board, provided testimony last week in Columbus before the Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee regarding challenges related to unemployment on behalf of impacted GCP/COSE member businesses.

Testimony by Stanek, who is also chief financial officer of Hunt Imaging, and owner, Cleveland Cycle Tours, included comments about the need for change.

“Improvements to the system should ensure the unemployed receive the support needed to re-enter the workforce and also ensure that an unexpected burden on businesses does not happen again due to a future downturn in the economy or recession.

"Our members continue to advocate for long-term reforms that allow the unemployment fund to achieve solvency." Click to read his full testimony.

GCP supports income tax issue that will benefit those who live, work in Cleveland

Opposes separate initiatives that would threaten jobs in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors has voted to support efforts to improve services for those living and working in Cleveland and to create a safer and more attractive city for frequent visitors through a ballot initiative that will raise the income tax by 0.50 percent.

The tax would help to grow and develop Cleveland neighborhoods by giving the city the ability to increase services on multiple levels.

The business community also remains focused on efforts that responsibly raise skills and wages. Therefore, the GCP has endorsed a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) – with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Alternatively, the GCP is opposing two separate issues – a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase and a Cleveland-only part-time workers’ initiative - that will hinder job creation, business growth and the overall momentum the City of Cleveland is now experiencing. Read more.


Hong Kong Development Council

Join the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Global Cleveland for an insightful and informative program that explores how new and established companies can build business connections and opportunities in Asia, including one of the biggest consumer markets, China.

Ralph Chow, regional director, Americas, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will lead a panel of experts discussing how businesses can expand and take advantage of all Hong Kong has to offer including a wide range of business support services. Click for details.

Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven

It’s official. The Cleveland “sports curse” is over.

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for lunch and hear what leading Cleveland sports journalists have to say about it at the next Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon. Click for details.

A GCP Middle-Market Forum: “The Economic Outlook”

How is the national economy shaping up for the fourth quarter of 2016? What are some key economic trends to watch for in 2017 that could impact your middle-market company?

Please join us at our fall forum for middle-market CEOs with our speaker, GCP Board member Loretta J. Mester, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. You'll hear a monetary policymaker’s perspective on the economic outlook for the balance of 2016 and the onset of 2017. Click for event details.


The Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE are pleased to present BizConCLE, a unique education and networking experience exclusively designed for middle-market company CEOs, C-suite executives, small business owners and their employees.

The convention also includes a full exhibit hall, networking dinners hosted throughout downtown Cleveland, and multiple opportunities to connect through industry-focused round tables and networking receptions. Click for details. 

How to do Business with Healthcare

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is hosting an educational event for diverse suppliers interested in doing business in the healthcare industry. The program will include a panel featuring Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals.

Participants also will hear from three companies that have been successful doing business with healthcare systems and learn about business development resources available in our community: JumpStart, ECDI, Hispanic Business Center, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included. Click for more information and to register.

SAVE THE DATE! GCP Chairman's Forum

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to save the date and plan to join us for an exclusive briefing with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio.

You'll hear about our work to improve the business climate and advance economic development in our city, region, and state. Read more.

Commission on Economic Inclusion Leadership Forum

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, invites GCP-member company CEOs and two members of their senior leadership team, to a Leadership Forum on Monday, November 7, at The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Avenue.

The program will feature GCP Board and Executive Committee member Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, and Robert Gulliver, executive vice president & chief HR officer of the National Football League. Click to learn more.

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