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2019 Federal Budget Priorities

With the expected release of the Fiscal Year 2019 federal budget today, Marty McGann, GCP’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy, along with Alesha Washington, Vice President of Government Advocacy, sat down to discuss several priorities that the organization will be monitoring in throughout the budget process. 

GCP Member Companies Support Non-Discrimination Bill

This week, GCP along with several member companies and other chambers of commerce testified in support of HB 160 – the Ohio Fairness Act. If passed, the legislation would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes in Ohio’s Civil Rights law. Support for HB 160 follows GCP’s recent endorsement of Ohio Business Competes, a coalition of more than 300 companies that supports statewide non-discrimination policies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. 

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GCP Supports Columbus on Amazon HQ2 Bid

Amazon recently selected 20 finalists for the company's second headquarters. Although Cleveland did not make the list, Columbus is still in the running.

“While we are certainly disappointed that Cleveland was not selected for the second round of the Amazon HQ2 bidding process, the collaboration of the public and private partners to tell Cleveland’s story will generate long-term benefits for all of Northeast Ohio,” said Joe Roman, President and CEO of the GCP. “We are pleased and congratulate Columbus for making it to the second round and are committed to supporting their efforts to land Amazon HQ2 in Ohio.”

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GCP Supports SB 220 Cybersecurity

Members of the GCP have increasingly identified cybersecurity as an emerging issue and significant challenge.  On January 10, Tim Opsitnick (executive vice president & general counsel at Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.) presented verbal testimony, on behalf of the GCP, in support of Senate Bill 220 (SB 220)

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GCP Year in Review and Look Ahead

The Greater Cleveland Partnership provides a unified voice for the Northeast Ohio business community and our policy priorities are driven directly by our members. 

In 2017, a $1.5 trillion federal tax reform package was signed into law and the 132nd Ohio General Assembly introduced more than 700 pieces of legislation. In addition, numerous local initiatives were debated, including several crucial ballot measures that allowed the voters to help determine what the regional landscape will look like in the future.

Learn how the GCP Advocacy Team has helped member organizations in 2017 and the what is on the horizon for 2018.

GCP Support of State Capital Bill Projects

GCP is recommending that the Ohio Legislature include financing for 14 high-impact projects in the state’s 2017-18 capital bill. 

Places with Impact will continue GCP’s development efforts to improve access to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, downtown development, and transformational neighborhood projects. It will also include support for multi-modal connectivity.

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GCP Joins Coalition Committed to Non-Discrimination

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s board leadership has voted for the organization to become a member of Ohio Business Competes, a non-partisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving non-discrimination policies to add protections in housing and employment for the LGBTQ community statewide.

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Tax Reform Legislation Approved


Following a standoff on the Senate floor Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate approved tax reform legislation early Saturday morning.  

The Senate tax legislation passed despite various concerns over the future impact on the nation’s debt and that the proposal may not provide enough benefits for certain types of businesses and individuals.

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Cleveland Council Passes Petition Transparency Proposal

GCP members have expressed concerns over parts of the process in place for petitioners to place an issue on the local ballot. After all, even well-intended ballot issue proposals and campaigns can severely limit the way businesses can strengthen and grow. 

To help shine more transparency on Cleveland ballot issues that are brought forward, City Council introduced and passed a proposal last week that would make it mandatory for circulators of petitions to file an itemized statement that provides more information on that individual’s petition circulation experience.

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Tax Reform in the Spotlight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to overhaul the tax code.  Relatively shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a separate tax plan - on a party-line vote of 14-12 - sending their measure to the full Senate. 

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GCP Takes Position on Ballot Issues

GCP recommends support for the Port of Cleveland and Tri-C,
opposes questionable drug pricing measure

Vote YES on Issue 59, Port of Cleveland
The renewal of the Port of Cleveland’s operating levy will cost a homeowner a mere $3.50 annually for every $100,000 of home value, making it one of the smallest tax levies in Cuyahoga County.

Vote YES on Issue 61, Tri-C 
GCP supports a capital bond issue that would annually cost $17.50 for every $100,000 of home value; the funding will support new Tri-C facilities and upgrades across all campuses.

Vote NO on Issue 2, Deceptive Drug Pricing
GCP opposes a statewide ballot proposal that would change how the state of Ohio purchases prescription drugs. 
The proposed initiated statute, Issue 2, would attempt to prohibit the state from purchasing a prescription drug unless the net cost of the drug is equal to or less than the lowest price paid for the drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Events

Growth in the Middle Market

First Quarter Middle Market Forum: Building Cleveland

There’s a lot of development and overall activity happening within Cleveland’s core and its surrounding neighborhoods.  This work is impacting our community in various ways from adding new city of Cleveland residents to drawing new businesses to move into our expanding corridors to adding jobs and creating stronger connectivity and collaboration across our city.  Join us as we dive deep into the details of four specific corridors all focused on creating new infrastructure to continue the positive momentum within our region. Register here.

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Part 1: Understanding Digital Marketing and Creating Measurable Results for Your Brand

In this first session of a two part series, our focus will be on how to maximize your marketing. We will take a deeper look at the current landscape of digital marketing to understand the evolution of how marketing has changed and what principles remain timeless with Marketing Expert Marisa Pisani, Director of Marketing Strategy and Automation at Adcom.

Third Annual Cleveland Internship Summit

We invite you to be part of the discussions between business community representatives and educators about how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Cleveland Internship Summit on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East.

CEO Forum: Northeast Ohio’s Leaders Recommit to Economic Inclusion

Business leaders play a critical role in ensuring that inclusion is core to workplace culture and to the community at-large. At this year’s annual CEO Forum, Tim Ryan will explain how top corporate leaders are taking on this work through The CEO Action For Diversity & Inclusion™ - the largest ever CEO-driven business commitment to driving equity. We invite you to join us moving the needle forward in Cleveland and leading the charge on inclusion in our community.

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