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During this election season, Clevelanders understand just how crucial the passage of Issue 32 is to the future of our region.
If Issue 32 does not win approval from the voters, the Cleveland Police Department, for example, recently cited that it will not be able to hire officers the City needs. Cleveland is faced with a budget deficit going into 2017 and if the gap is not filled, Clevelanders will be forced to suffer through the consequences.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors became convinced of the importance of Issue 32 and formally supported the proposal 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.
We are about a month away from Election Day, and early voting in Ohio begins on Wednesday, October 12.
In addition to voting, there are several ways you can ensure your individual voice and the voice of the business community are heard throughout the political process. But no tool may be more useful than having the ability to collectively pool our resources to provide our members with the means for concerted political action.
The dollars contributed through the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee are specifically used to provide support for state and local governmental leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.
A national organization—interested in advancing its agenda, regardless of the cost that the City of Cleveland and Cleveland residents would incur—announced that it has finalized language for a Cleveland-only minimum wage ballot measure.
As the public learns more about the Service Employees International Union’s misguided approach and why its minimum wage proposal is a bad deal for Clevelanders, the union amended its original proposal that was sent to Cleveland City Council and rejected by an overwhelming vote.
Several weeks ago, members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership—the most comprehensive grouping of small, middle-market, and large businesses in the state—announced firm opposition to the proposal for a Cleveland-only, $15-an-hour minimum wage.
If this misguided proposal—the most aggressive wage hike in the country—were enacted, it would lead to the loss of businesses within Cleveland’s borders and send a strong signal to investors and employers who are considering expansions.
Click here for a short Q&A with more information about the proposal, our opposition to it, and how you can get involved in this issue.
While no one leader or institution precipitated Cleveland’s decline in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a man who used vision, cooperation and dedication to launch the renaissance and momentum we all feel today in our city.
George Voinovich was a true believer and avid practitioner of the so-called public-private partnership—a vital cooperative effort that he led as mayor in the dismal wake of municipal default.
I met with the former mayor, governor and U.S. senator...
When I volunteered for the True2U youth mentoring program I was told, “You’ll get as much out of this as the kids.” I nodded agreeably but was unprepared for how profound the experience would be.
There were many moments that will never be forgotten: poems written; artwork created; vulnerabilities exposed; clever thoughts shared; curiosities explored; challenges met; and frustrations and mental blocks overcome all while self-awareness awareness dawned.
However, two large lessons stand out. First, the overarching themes of True2U are as valid for adults as they are for teens. Second, what it takes to be a good mentor is what it takes to be a good human.
We applaud Cuyahoga County Council and the Administration for crafting and approving legislation that will help local minority, small and women-owned businesses have a better opportunity to compete for county work.
County Executive Armond Budish is among a wide and diverse group in Greater Cleveland who understand that when we invest in our local community by encouraging such opportunities for employment, it yields dividends that include a stronger local economy and increased local tax generation.
On December 16, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate for the first time in almost a decade.
But what does that mean for Northeast Ohio businesses? And in which direction might the rate move in the future?
Those were two of the questions answered February 24 during the Greater Cleveland Partnership's 1Q 2016 Middle-Market C-Suite Forum.
It does appear that The Fed will be raising rates on a more consistent basis going forward, Edwin A. Martinez, managing director within the derivatives products group at PNC, said during the session titled “Monetary Policy and the Middle Market: Lowering Your Exposure to Higher Interest Rates.”
He explained there is a 10 percent probability that The Fed will take some action by March and a 45 percent probability that action will be taken by year’s end. Read more.
Primary election season is in full swing, Iowa and New Hampshire have cast their ballots, and Ohioans will have their say on March 15. And, don’t forget, Tuesday, February 16 is the deadline to register to vote in Ohio's primary election.
Individually, you may choose to support candidates through your contributions and your vote. While the right to vote and your perspective on the issues are crucial, many still believe their voice is not heard throughout the process.
Click to learn about the role the Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) plays in amplifying the voice of business.
The Port of Cleveland is putting together a record-setting year of shipping traffic and is doing so through a redoubled commitment to connecting Northeast Ohio companies to the global market.
Its latest infrastructure investment, a $7.9 million project that will add two harbor cranes and a 50,000 square-foot cargo warehouse, is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 shipping season and will allow the Port to keep up with skyrocketing shipping demands.
“These cranes will prove critical to maintaining our strategic advantages in speed and efficiency as compared to large coastal ports,” said Dave Gutheil, the Port’s vice president of maritime and logistics.
The project comes in the wake of the highly successful introduction of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) international liner service, the only scheduled service that transports Great Lakes cargo directly to Europe.