Focusing on the future, CMSD students pledge their commitment to graduate

Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) ninth graders who attend Academies of Cleveland (AoC) schools recently pledged their commitment to graduate in a ceremony held at each of the five AoC schools.

AoC is a new approach to college and career readiness for students attending these CMSD high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies. 

It is one component of Pathways Partners, an initiative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that connects the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce. Read more.

Chamber execs wager on World Series outcome

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman and Teresa Mintle, his peer at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, have a wager going for this year’s World Series.

One team—probably the Indians, Joe thinks—will end one of baseball’s two longest championship droughts. (Cleveland is looking for its first World Series title in 68 years; the Cubs haven’t won since 1908.)

Joe and Teresa—who serve together on the Executive Committee of the Association of Chambers of Commerce—are each wagering $100 of locally produced merchandise (mostly food products) from their respective cities based on the final outcomes. Read more.

Above image: "Rally Together" mural on display at Public Square.

Issues vital to Cleveland’s economy and future need voter support

Vote “Yes” on Issue 32

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors formally supported Issue 32 because it would give our city the ability to enhance services, grow and develop our neighborhoods, and it will lessen the impact of other revenue cuts recently imposed on Cleveland.Read more in our blog.

Issue 108 will continue CMSD’s progress

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a "YES" vote on Issue 108, 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.

Levy funds will provide four more years of financial support for The Cleveland Plan, Mayor Frank Jackson's blueprint for positively transforming the delivery and impact of education for Cleveland’s K-12 students. The levy is vital to continue progress achieved through the plan's implementation. Read more.

GCP urges resolution of CMSD issues to support Cleveland’s children

CLEVELAND—The Greater Cleveland Partnership reiterates its support of “The Cleveland Plan,” which is improving the educational experience and outcomes in Cleveland classrooms, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the 15 mill property tax renewal levy on the November 8th ballot.

This support continues despite the recent Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) vote to reject the tentative contract that was negotiated between the District and the union leadership, said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“The District and CTU have worked together in the best interest of our kids in the past,” said Roman. “We know that, at this important juncture in the implementation of the Plan, they can do it again by working to find a solution in support of Cleveland’s children. This solution must maintain fidelity to the original plan we all supported in 2012.” Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Why the organization is urging a YES vote on the Cleveland schools levy and the city income tax increase and the importance of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and teachers reaching a contract agreement.

The conversation also includes observations about the boost to downtown from the Indians’ success in the postseason playoffs and projects that are encouraging investment in Cleveland neighborhoods and more.

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CDA plays key financing role in transformational Ohio City project

Financing for the $60 million Ohio City project known as w25d has closed and construction is officially underway.

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and $2.5 million in financing.

The project, involving both new construction and historic renovation, will bring 194 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of commercial space to this key intersection. Read more.

What's needed to prolong the economic recovery?

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester spoke last week at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Third Quarter Middle Market Forum attended by more than 70 CEOs from GCP/COSE middle-market and small business investor companies.

In her remarks, Dr. Mester said that an increase in the federal funds rate is appropriate and would help prolong the economic recovery.

“The reason I believe a gradual upward path of policy continues to be appropriate and that I favored taking another step on that path in September is because of the realized progress the economy has made on our monetary policy goals and my expectation of further progress,” she said. Read more.

Legislation important to the Great Lakes passed by U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly passed its massive Water Resources Development Act, a marine infrastructure bill with many provisions impacting the Great Lakes. The legislation was approved by a vote of 399-25.

It included an amendment by Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH) reauthorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative—a key priority of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition of which the Greater Cleveland Partnership is a member. The Initiative allocates funding to combat challenges to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The coalition also pushed for successful passage of a floor amendment by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), making permanent a temporary set-aside of Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending for the Great Lakes. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We are at capacity, and registration is now closed.

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Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven: "Curing Cancer"

GCP members are invited to lunch with us at the next Corporate Club at Landerhaven program featuring a conversation with two Cleveland health care leaders on "Curing Cancer." The panelists are:

Dr. Stanton Gershon, Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center; and Dr. Brian Bollwell, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

Monica Robbins, reporter and senior health correspondent, WKYC-TV, will moderate. Click for details.

Register now for Northeast Ohio's premier political event!

The Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, brings together the region’s federal, state, and local elected officials with business and community leaders. So mark your calendar for Friday, November 18 and be sure to join us at this not-to-be-missed event.

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Ideas for Tomorrow: Frederick Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation

GCP members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring Frederick Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation.

Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Smith is a 1966 graduate of Yale College. The original analyses about the logistic needs of a highly automated future society were done during his tenure as an undergraduate.

After four years of service in the Marines, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, he launched the original air-ground Federal Express network that began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high tech/high value added sectors of the economy Smith had predicted. The company has since grown into a $49 billion global enterprise. Click for registration details.