Legislation supports strategies to improve performance of Ohio’s charter schools

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video interview, Alesha Washington, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior director of government advocacy, discusses statewide charter school reform legislation that’s pending in the Ohio Assembly.

Learn more about next steps and how the legislation supports a goal of The Cleveland Plan to grow the number of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland. Click to watch.

GCP Board news: Two new members appointed

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors approved the appointment of two new Board members at its quarterly meeting last week: Charles E. (Chuck) Jones, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, and Rear Admiral June Ryan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Mr. Jones also will serve on the GCP Executive Committee. Read more.

How supporting home rule can create jobs for Cleveland residents

In a special “GCP Insight” video interview, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-21) discusses her opposition to and concerns with two bills in the Ohio Assembly that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.

In Cleveland, the mandate requires that 20 percent of the workforce on large construction projects are city residents. Click to watch.

Learn how your company can access workforce training money

More than 122,000 Ohio employees already have been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. That number will increase because Round 4 begins soon.

Businesses can begin the online application process next Monday, September 28, and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their request.  Click for details.

Congressional reauthorization of EB-5 investment program important to Cleveland

Steve Strnisha, CEO of the Cleveland International Fund (CiF), discusses how CiF investments through the EB-5 program have been essential in moving several catalytic Cleveland projects forward and in creating about 12,000 jobs.

Strnisha says congressional reauthorization of EB-5 is essential for CiF's continued support of projects that are helping change the face of Cleveland. The current three-year authorization ends Sept. 30.

Click to watch the video.

Discovering identity and a possible career path

True2U, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders was launched last week with a kickoff event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Many thanks to the volunteer mentors from GCP member companies, including The Lubrizol Corporation, Medical Mutual, KeyBank and The Sherwin-Williams Company, who attended. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Get an update on several Greater Cleveland Partnership priorities in this month's interview with GCP President and CEO Joe Roman and "Wills and Snyder" host Bill Wills.

Topics include: Increases in passenger traffic and capacity at Hopkins Airport; new weekday shuttle service between Burke Lakefront Airport and Cincinnati; progress in preparations to host the 2016 Republican National Convention; and launching True2You, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 CMSD eighth-graders. Click to listen.

Promoting inclusion in Greater Cleveland construction projects

The Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative of the Commission on Economic Inclusion reports progress and activity on three fronts in its efforts to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms in Greater Cleveland’s major construction projects.

Collaborative efforts are addressing challenges or producing results in workforce readiness, local hiring, and owners outreach and reporting.

Read more.


Academies of Cleveland: Community Stakeholder Convening

Please join us at our second planning meeting for the Academies of Cleveland, a new approach to college and career readiness.

At this session, business and community members will come together to review visioning work already completed and build out the process for the Master Plan, other action plans, indicators, data requirements, and the formation of an implementation monitoring team. Click for details.

GCP 4th Quarter Middle-Market Forum

Perspectives on the 2015 National Economy and Outlook for 2016

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to invite CEOs from our middle-market member companies to our fourth-quarter Middle-Market Forum where our speaker will be Dr. Martin A. Regalia, senior vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for an informative presentation to hear how the national economy shaping up in the fourth quarter of 2015 and what are some of the key economic trends to watch for in 2016 that could impact your middle-market company. Please note: This event is for CEOs only. Invitations are nontransferable.

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52nd Annual Public Officials Reception

Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership

This not-to-be-missed reception brings together the region’s federal, state, and local elected officials with business and community leaders. The Public Officials Reception is your opportunity to interact with decision makers on policy issues of importance to you, your company and the region.

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