Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman provides updates on several topics related to GCP priorities.

They include the new state budget and the GCP’s work to gain support to continue the region’s positive economic momentum; how the addition of more nonstop routes at Hopkins International Airport is a response to the strong market demand in our city; and the importance of protecting key assets such as NASA Glenn and our Great Lakes. Click to listen.

GCP Advocacy: A look back, A look ahead

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s advocacy efforts are driven by our mission of mobilizing private-sector leadership, expertise, and resources from businesses of all sizes to create attractive economic conditions that create jobs, grow investment, and improve the prosperity of our region.

In 2016, we enjoyed some significant victories for the business community locally and throughout Ohio. Click to read more in our blog.

The next few years will bring several changes to the political landscape at the local, state, and federal levels. Later this month, the GCP will release its board-approved 2017-18 Public Policy Agenda, which will serve as a road map for the top public policy issues that have been identified as important to the Northeast Ohio business community.

Cleveland-only minimum wage increase effort, opposed by GCP, is suspended

An initiative that proposed a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase was brought forward months ago that would have phased in a $15 minimum wage (starting with $12 an hour in January 2018) while the rest of the state remained at $8.15.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and our partners advocated for state intervention and opposed this misguided local minimum wage ballot issue because it would place the City of Cleveland at a disadvantage.

In late December, state legislation – Senate Bill 331 – passed and was signed by the Governor that prohibits Cleveland and other political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates different from the rate required by state law.

Petitioners announced today that they are suspending their effort to raise the minimum wage in Cleveland but will continue advocating for a statewide effort to raise the minimum wage. Read more.

Introducing a new benefit for GCP members

For the past 16 years, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has collected data and reported the status of diversity and inclusion efforts in Northeast Ohio.

Starting in 2017, the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™ is undergoing significant changes that include a new name: the Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment.

In addition, all GCP member companies and organizations are invited to participate. Learn more.

Looking ahead to build on positive momentum

As we welcome in the new year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership will continue to focus on continuing the positive momentum that has been building for many years and resulted in several memorable accomplishments in 2016. (See our 2016 year-end issue of Every Monday for details.)

Through the first half of 2017, we will launch a strategic planning process to identify where we should focus on percolating issues. We’ll also continue to drive the business community’s involvement in several of our current priority areas. Read more.

A lasting tribute to Voinovich’s vision, leadership

By Joe Roman
GCP President and CEO

The opening of the new eastbound Innerbelt bridge last year completed a half-billion-dollar investment in Cleveland—one that offers a towering testament to a unique leader, a city’s future and the ability of government to work effectively for the public.     

Together with its corresponding westbound twin, the two George V. Voinovich bridges spanning the Cuyahoga River downtown will each carry five lanes of traffic, bringing with them significant transportation efficiencies and other substantial economic benefits for Greater Cleveland.   

The spans are a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life toward moving Cleveland forward. Read more in our blog.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich westbound Innerbelt Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers.

J.D. Power ranking of Hopkins does not tell the full story

J.D. Power & Associates recently released its 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, placing Hopkins International Airport (CLE) last among medium-sized airports.

The study measured overall traveler satisfaction based on five factors, including airport accessibility, security check, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, and terminal shopping.

The Airport scored a 704 out of 1,000 in 2016 and 698 out of 1,000 in the 2015 study.

We feel some perspective is warranted.

Data for the J.D. Power airport ratings for both 2016 and 2015 were compiled while the airport was undergoing significant construction. They do not provide a fair representation of the final result of these improvements that were completed in time for guests arriving for the Republican National Convention.

As the airport’s Interim Director Fred Szabo has noted: “During this J.D. Power rating period, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was conducting a major construction project, which had a significant impact on customers’ opinions of our airport. 

“Since the conclusion of the project, we have seen significant improvement and a highly positive response from our passengers.” Read more.


Morning Conversation: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

He has served in the U.S. Senate for 10 years and is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee responsible for legislating on issues concerning, but not limited to, banking, financial markets, housing, mass transit, and economic policy. Click for details.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Advancing Workforce Development in Northeast Ohio

Please join us for an engaging conversation with key state leaders on Ohio’s efforts to transform its workforce development system to better meet the needs of employers and connect individuals to career pathways.

Our speakers will be Ryan Burgess from the Office of Workforce Transformation and State Senator Sandra Williams. Learn more.

PLEASE NOTE: This forum is closed to the media.

Entrepreneurship for Purpose and Social Impact

Entrepreneurial models as a method of driving social change are having a big impact around the country and here in Northeast Ohio.

Nationally recognized leaders such as Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a culinary arts job-training program for individuals re-entering the workforce after prison, are driven to impact and change the lives of others.

GCP Middle-Market Investors are invited to a memorable evening at Edwin’s, where Brandon will share his story and provide a sneak peek into what’s next in his growing endeavor to change lives and build a world-class business.

The entire Edwins restaurant will be reserved for our group for the evening. Please join us for exclusive access to this special presentation, hors ‘d oeuvres, networking and cash bar. Learn more.

Please join us at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit

Please join us at at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. in Independence.

The Summit will bring together business community representatives and educators to discuss how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio through a range of panels and conversations. Click for more information.

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Managing intercultural conflict in the workplace

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is, once again, teaming up with the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Professionals (CSHRM) to deliver a program you do not want to miss.

“Managing Intercultural Conflict in the Workplace: A Post Election Toolkit for HR Professionals” will take place on Friday, February 17 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Center for Innovation and Growth at Baldwin-Wallace University.

The presenter is Damaris Patterson Price, a leadership consultant, executive coach and facilitator with more than 20 years of experience in the people-development business. Read more.

A GCP Accelerating Middle-Market Progress Forum: "Innovation and Competitive Intelligence"

Today’s business leaders push the status quo by reevaluating their business model—even a successful one—by continuously striving to challenge internal assumptions and cognitive biases.

They strive to encourage a culture of innovation that prevents stagnation and increases adaptability to market disruptions.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Investors are invited to hear thought leaders (photo left to right): Peter Grimm and Beau Oliver of Cipher Systems discuss how companies and organizations can incorporate out-of-the-box thinking to better understand their markets, identify opportunities, and drive innovation. Learn more.

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Please mark your calendar for the 2017 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 11 at Corporate College East. Our program will offer insightful, dynamic and informative presentations on hot topics that are impacting middle-market companies like yours.

We'll also provide plenty of opportunities to network with more than 200 Northeast Ohio middle-market executives and decisions makers.

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Mark your calendar for the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendar and plan to join more than 1,100 business and community leaders at the Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The program will feature an update on our priorities, an overview of the projects and initiatives that we will embark upon as a part of our new strategic plan, and more.

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