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Port of Cleveland: Connecting Northeast Ohio to the world - Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

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.


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Recommendations offered to accelerate Cleveland school plan progress - Greater Cleveland Partnership

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance’s recently released progress report offers recommendations on how to accelerate efforts to increase the number of high-performing district and charter schools in the City of Cleveland.

The report notes that its recommendations are “not intended to prescribe specific strategies and action steps; that is the purview of educators engaged in this work.

“Instead, they provide general direction based on the findings in this report, the original goals and approaches outlined in the Cleveland Plan, and relevant studies published during the past year.”

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Cleveland school plan progress promising but should be accelerated - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, launched three years ago by civic leaders, is beginning to have a positive impact on education in the city’s district and charter schools, according to a new report by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance.

Signs of progress highlighted in the report include a drop in the number of students attending failing schools and full enrollment at many higher‐performing schools.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) graduation rate is climbing, and for the first time in nearly 10 years, elementary and middle-school students are making progress at the same pace as their peers around the state.

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Thanks to the Cavs for a great season -- and a special boost to downtown - GCP President and CEO Joe Roman

Silver. It often represents second place. Or runner-up. Or almost.

In the case of Cleveland's recent trip to the NBA Finals, there is only a winning perspective for all of us to have.

Yes, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship. Congratulations to them.

But days after the final buzzer of the series, I've seen no collective hand-wringing, no lingering community-wide hangover of defeat. Quite the contrary.

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See the full scope of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem - Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart

Northeast Ohio has come a long way. In 2002 our region was ranked dead last for entrepreneurship in the U.S. Today, we are making national news for our exciting successes and prominent venture capitalists are comparing the promise of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to Silicon Valley.

Together, we have developed a truly exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem. In fact, it’s hard to tell you about all the amazing resources that exist in Northeast Ohio. So we thought we’d show you instead.

Startup Scaleup 2015 is JumpStart’s annual community event, but it’s much more than that. It’s also a chance for us to highlight the work with our nearest and dearest collaborators to create a place where all can come and see just how much Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown – all in one day, and all in one place.

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Our two-year road map to grow Greater Cleveland’s economy - GCP Advocacy Team

Last month, we released our 2015/2016 Public Policy Agenda, a road map of our organization’s federal, state and local public policy objectives for the next two years.

It’s published every two years and timed to coincide with the start of new U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly terms.

The Public Policy Agenda, which can be viewed here, is developed over the course of several months through a collaborative process involving the GCP Government Affairs Council and GCP member companies.

There’s much work to do over the next two years. Here are some of our areas of of focus:

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Incubators boosting Cleveland's leadership in health innovation - The Regional Marketing Alliance

Health ITNortheast Ohio has been a leader in medical advancement for decades and behind that innovation are the world-class healthcare institutions, academic centers, high-tech companies and a growing number of business incubators in the region.

In the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor alone, a three-mile area connecting University Circle, Midtown and the Campus District, several incubators are supporting entrepreneurs looking to develop their biomedical, healthcare and technology ideas.

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2014 highlights: RNC: Next stop, Cleveland; a boost to Hopkins air service, a new regional economic development strategy, and much more - Greater Cleveland Partnership

Highlights of 2014 in the City of ClevelandThe decision to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland is the stand-out story among many highlights from this past year related to the Greater Cleveland Partnership and our strategic priorities.

 

As discussed at our Fall Middle-Market Forum, ensuring involvement by Cleveland and Northeast Ohio companies, businesses and residents is an extremely important part of hosting the event.

 

How to volunteerA new website has been launched where you can sign up to indicate your interest in volunteering.

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Continuing Medicaid expansion: Good for Ohio employers and employees - GCP Advocacy Team

Medicaid Expansion OhioLast year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership called on state leaders to expand Medicaid eligibility as permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In the 11 months since Medicaid expansion was approved, approximately 400,000 Ohioans—more than 50,000 in Cuyahoga County alone—have received coverage they did not previously have.

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Incentive to invest in Cleveland's renaissance needs Congress to continue its support - Joe Roman, Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO

Fairmount Creamery in ClevelandA modest but highly effective community development tool that has financed a significant part of Cleveland's renaissance may soon be lost unless Congress acts to secure it before adjourning this month.

The New Markets Tax Credits program was designed to increase the flow of private capital in low-income communities by offering investors a tax credit on investments made in qualified businesses and economic development projects that will benefit the residents of these communities.

In Cleveland, NMTC has been an undeniable success. We can point to a long and impressive list of tangible results that show a return on investment made possible with the credit. Without this program, the welcome revitalization of our city would not be what it is today.

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