Key considerations in finalizing the new state budget

In this “GCP Insight” video, State Representative Sarah LaTourette talks with Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of advocacy, about some of her recent legislative priorities.

They include health care and key considerations that were discussed in the process of finalizing the new state budget.

Click to watch.

Great Lakes funding restored, advocacy continues

Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior (EPA and related agencies) marked up its FY2018 appropriations bill.

This proposal restored the $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that was originally eliminated in the president’s executive budget proposal. The subcommittee also included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged materials from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the State of Ohio.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership thanks subcommittee members Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for their hard work on these initiatives. Read more.

Fighting for NASA Glenn

The bill that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is making its way through Congress.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Science, and Justice marked up its FY 2018 bill last week. The bill allocates $54 billion for NASA, which is nearly $5 billion more than what was in the President’s budget request.

If enacted, the budget would allocate funding for several programs that are important to NASA Glenn, including $660 million for aeronautics, an area where NASA Glenn is regarded as a leader among its peers. Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur have been instrumental during the appropriations process to support NASA Glenn. Read more.

Above photo: A 100-pound liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine fires up after NASA Glenn’s Altitude Combustion Stand (ACS) was reactivated recently. (Image from the NASA Glenn website.)

Greater Cleveland Partnership purchases its building

CLEVELAND—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is putting down solid roots in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district by exercising a purchase option on its 1240 Huron Road East building.

The GCP moved to the 72,000-square-foot building in 2011 following a three-year stint in the Higbee Building, which is now occupied by JACK Cleveland Casino.

Over the years, the Playhouse Square neighborhood has become a major hub for non-profit organizations and businesses alike making it an ideal central location in downtown Cleveland for the 8,500-member business organization. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s conversation, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bills Wills about ongoing efforts at the state and federal levels to ensure that funding is provided to improve and maintain water quality of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

Also, the importance of investing in Cleveland neighborhoods to help attract residents and grow the the city's population. Click to listen.

Important information for employers about Workers’ Comp initiatives

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is returning more than $1 billion to Ohio's private and public employers starting today, July 10.

More about the specifics of the rebate and eligibility is provided here.

Equally important for some employers is that the BWC—with the help and support of partners in the business community—is planning new health and safety initiatives with a $44 million investment to create safer, healthier workplaces in Ohio. Read more.

Water quality bill awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature

Last week Senate Bill 2—the Ohio General Assembly’s environmental protection legislation—was sent to Governor Kasich for his signature.

Senate Bill 2 will strengthen requirements for the disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities. This provision is beneficial for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership works closely with the Port to advocate for timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River, an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland. Read more.

Next steps outlined in GCP’s strategic planning process

Work to advance progress on the new Greater Cleveland Partnership three-year strategic plan is continuing this summer.

Those next steps were outlined last week at the GCP Board’s quarterly meeting.

It will include securing additional feedback from GCP Board members and representatives from GCP member companies, as well as seeking their participation in task groups that will focus on the four key themes outlined by GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta at the organization’s Annual Meeting earlier this month.

Places of Impact, Talent that Fuels Growth, Driving Connectivity and Environment to Support Start, Stay, Scale Up.

The timeline calls for final recommendations to be presented at the Board’s third-quarter meeting in September followed by final Board approval at the December meeting. Read more.

CDA investments improve neighborhoods, create jobs

For more than a quarter of a century, Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has invested private-sector capital into real estate and business projects designed to attract additional development to improve the character and vitality of Greater Cleveland.

Results In 2016 included completion of four Salvation Army facilities financed in 2015, continued investment in workforce development and education, the commencement of the first phase of the long-awaited Lakefront redevelopment, and the grand opening of the reconstructed Public Square.

Learn more about CDA and its investments in the 2017 Investor Update. Click to read or download.


Ninth Annual Inclusion Conference

Please join us at the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference where four experts will continue the conversation from our 2016 conference on implicit bias.

We’ll take a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization. Learn more.

Who should attend: Diversity & inclusion practitioners, senior human resources managers, supplier diversity managers and procurement managers.

OHTec CIO Symposium 2017

Since 2000, the OHTec CIO Symposium, the longest-running gathering of these tech leaders in Northeast Ohio, has offered an exceptional forum for CIOs and IT executives to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with each other.

The 2017 symposium will offer an invaluable experience for CIOs of any industry, from any size enterprise and at any stage of their career.

Learn more.

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SAVE THE DATE! GCP Chairman's Forum

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for an exclusive briefing with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of 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.

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BizConCLE is a unique education and networking experience, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE, exclusively designed for middle-market CEOs, C-suite leaders and their teams, as well as small business owners.

The one-day convention includes national keynote speakers, plenary sessions led by regional business and community leaders, and interactive workshops. Learn more.