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Learn more about Issue 4: How CMSD levy funds will be used

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is encouraging YES vote on Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) capital levy, whose funds will help ensure that CMSD students are educated in an optimal learning environment.

The levy will generate about $200 million of revenue for construction and another $2.5 million annually for maintenance. The CMSD facilities plan calls for 22 new schools to be built.

Ohio's mid-market businesses grow revenue, create jobs faster than national peers

COLUMBUS, OH – Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the Buckeye State’s 5,000 middle-market businesses say overall company performance improved in the past year.

In fact, 73 percent of C-suite executives say revenue growth increased over the past 12 months at an average rate of 6.8 percent, and 74 percent added employees during the same timeframe at an average rate of 6.3 percent. By comparison, revenue growth is consistent with national middle-market trends (6.6 percent), while employment growth is nearly double (3.2 percent).

Why we support issue 6, the Tri-C levy

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, the GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks with host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, about the importance of passing Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College operating levy.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a YES vote on Issue 6. Click to watch.

JobsOhio accelerating growth of middle-market companies

JobsOhio’s impact on middle-market companies during the first half of 2014 was discussed at the organization’s quarterly public meeting, and the results are impressive. They include: projects won (total 159): 54 percent were with middle-market companies; and jobs created in projects won (total 13,092), 48 percent were with middle-market companies.

GCP names new senior director for government advocacy

Alesha Washington has been named senior director of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. She will focus predominantly on state and local government relations activities on behalf of the GCP and its members.

Prior to joining GCP, Washington was senior director of advocacy, policy and research for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a leading community development intermediary responsible for investing in vibrant neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland.

GCP Board votes to endorse Tri-C and Cleveland school levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)  levy (Issue 6) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) levy (Issue 4), which will be on the November ballot.

The resolution, which was passed at the Board’s quarterly meeting last week, also approves a joint GCP/COSE contribution of $25,000 to the CMSD levy campaign and providing staff support to assist with fund raising and shaping campaign messaging.

The Tri-C levy is a renewal with a 0.9 millage increase, which translates into an additional $2.63 per month for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000. The CMSD capital levy, if approved, is a renewal levy with no tax increase.

Public-private collaboration brings new business tenant to PlayhouseSquare

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Business Development Team, in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and OhioMeansJobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, assisted Inforce Technologies, LLC, a system integration and technology consulting firm for the insurance industry, with its headquarters expansion and relocation from Garfield Heights to Idea Center in PlayhouseSquare.

The collaborative effort helped Inforce’s leadership identify and secure government incentives to support its expansion project.

New chair named for GCP Middle-Market Committee

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Bernie Moreno, president of The Collection Auto Group, is the new chair of GCP’s Middle Market Committee (MMC).

The committee works with GCP staff to provide executive oversight for the organization’s ongoing Middle-Market Initiative. In this role, the MMC serves as a leading and trusted resource for Northeast Ohio middle-market companies by focusing on issues they face and offering solutions to their unmet needs.

$6B in Greater Cleveland construction activity creating job opportunities, challenges diverse workers

Cleveland—A study commissioned by a public-private partnership working to increase participation by diverse and City of Cleveland residents in Greater Cleveland construction projects has found significant long-term job opportunities based on $6.2 billion in planned projects.

However, there is also a workforce gap that is creating challenges to fill those jobs. Click to read more about the study's key findings and how those challenges can be addressed.

Events

51st Public Officials Reception 11 21 14

Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership

You're invited to Cleveland’s premier political event, a not-to-be-missed reception that brings together the region’s local, state, and federal 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. Click to purchase tickets.

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Commission Leadership Day 12 05 14

Please join us for a hands-on work session for Commission on Economic Inclusion member organizations focusing on how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into organizational planning.

Presenters will include Commission Hall of Fame CEOs. Click to RSVP.

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