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Commission on Economic Inclusion

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to:

  • Increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers who are members of the Commission;

  • Increases in the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in our region and throughout the State of Ohio. Read more about the Commission’s member benefits and minority business resources.

Our members - Join us!

Click here for the list of the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers that belong to the Commission on Economic Inclusion. To learn more about Commission membership, please email Deputy Executive Director Deborah Bridwell or call 216.592.2213.

What's new at the Commission?

Learn more about our work from the most recent issue of The Commission Connection, our monthly publication featuring diversity and inclusion news and events from the Northeast Ohio employer community.

Message from the Co-chairs: Delivering value is our ongoing focus

As we begin the new year, we highlight our 2014 results and invite you to join us in our inclusion initiatives for 2015. Our focus continues to be:

  • Assisting our corporate members to meet their business goals
  • Supporting the growth of minority-owned businesses
  • Increasing construction project diversity and inclusion
  • Expanding our membership through demonstrated business value.

In 2014, the Commission’s initiatives yielded impressive results:

  • 20 new Commission members (our roster is now at 113)
  • 25 Commission members receiving regional or national awards for their inclusion results

Our Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland) earning a third straight annual rating of commendable. In 2014, our MBDA:

  • Generated more than $27 million in economic activity, including $22 million in awarded contracts and procurement and $5 million in awarded capital. 
  • Received a $100,000 supplemental manufacturing grant in September from the national MBDA office. The grant will be focused on supporting advanced manufacturing initiatives. 

Strategic partnerships formalized to enhance our impact:

  • Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management joined our partners, DiversityInc and Cleveland State University Diversity Management Program, to serve our corporate members.
  • COSE, JumpStart, Team NEO, ECDI (Economic and Community Development Institute), Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Cincinnati and Dayton chambers of commerce work with the MBDA Cleveland to support minority-owned businesses.

The implementation of our Construction Diversity & Inclusion initiative with results including:

  • A demand study forecasting $6.2 billion in major construction projects in 2014-2015 in a five-county area
  • Twenty-five diverse students successfully completing the Pre-Apprenticeship Training (PATs) at the Advanced Technology and Training Center (ATTC) at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) over the past six months. Forty percent of the students have been placed into the trades.
  • Creation of web pages including project-owner diversity data on current building projects

Looking ahead

Our 2015 focus is delivering value to our corporate membership through events, data and tools, including:

  • Our inaugural Member Leadership Event for CEOs and their C- suite teams (see article below) on March 31;
  • Our sixth annual diversity professionals conference in August with national thought leaders on both talent management and supplier diversity;
  • The January launch of our online best practices repository;
  • A third-quarter MBDA business to business event building on our highly successful 2013 conference.

The Commission is committed to helping our members meet their diversity and inclusion goals. Click to view our full Decade 2 strategic plan and goals.

Please join us and your peers in this important economic development work.
Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor                          Daniel Walsh
President                              President, Greater Cleveland Region
Taylor Oswald                       Huntington National Bank

Other stories...

  • 2014 Employers Survey on Diversity due February 6: Deadline for Best-in-Class, Commission 50 consideration
  • More value for your Commission membership: New resources support leadership and workforce diversity
  • Commission-Member Leadership Day: CEOs from Eaton, University Hospitals to speak
  • Educational program for senior diversity and HR professionals: Best practices for hiring workers with disabilities
  • 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Event: Learn, network, build relationships
  • Member news: Summa VP earns diversity credentials
  • MBDA Cleveland update: Clients honored at OMSDC awards gala; Management and Competency Training workshop on January 24; new communication tools planned
  • Dr. M.L. King Jr. Community Service Awards presented: Winners include workforce development organization
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