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Congressional leaders to discuss transportation issues
at BUGC Annual Meeting

The 2013 Build Up Greater Cleveland Annual Meeting on Monday, August 26 will feature two U.S. House of Representatives leaders whose work impacts transportation and infrastructure. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is the keynote speaker.

In addition, U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and Environment, joins the program as a special guest.  Click here for more information about the event.

How your investment in the Port pays off

Build Up Greater Cleveland stakeholder, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority offers county residents a high rate of return on their investment. The $3.50 paid per year for every $100,000 in property value becomes nearly $2,000 in economic impact. This impact takes many forms including:

  • Nearly 18,000 jobs, over $1.8 billion in annual economic activity, and more than $100 million in state and local government revenue annually depend on cargo transportation through Cleveland Harbor.

  • The Port of Cleveland brings in materials at low costs to help companies such as Greater Cleveland Partnership members Lincoln Electric and ArcelorMittal Cleveland compete against overseas industries.

  • The Port Authority has connected nearly $2 billion of indispensable private capital with important development projects in our region, which have involved more than 16,000 additional jobs.

Learn about the levy

The Port Authority is asking voters to renew its countywide levy, which will be on the ballot in November so it can continue to help “Build Up Greater Cleveland,” as it has for decades. Renewing the Port Authority levy will not increase taxes; the tax rate would remain at 0.13 mills, which is the same rate that was set in 1968 when the Port Authority was created and is the smallest countywide tax levy in Cuyahoga County.

Executive recruiter shares best practices in building a diverse board

Cindy C. Burrell, president of Diversity in Boardrooms,℠ will bring her expertise in recruiting and referring diverse Board of Directors candidates to the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s 2013 Diversity Professionals Conference on Tuesday, August 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corporate College East, 4400 Richmond Road.

Her firm also creates new and often innovative Advisory Boards (or Councils) for private and public companies. Over the years, she developed best practices guidelines for boards and she often serves as a board facilitator.

In 2012, she was one of three people awarded special recognition and named Director Emerita by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, which has the mission of Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism. She was honored in 2011 by the Chicago Association of Minority Recruiters for her success in recruiting women and minorities to both corporate and advisory boards. Click here to read her bio.

Burrell is part of an impressive list of diversity management corporate executives and consultants speaking at the conference. The agenda includes keynote speaker Dr. Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer at Sodexho, Jim Norman, vice president, diversity, for Kraft Foods, and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, national managing partner, diversity & corporate responsibility, KPMG. All three companies were named to the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list; Sodexho is No. 1, Kraft is No. 18 and KMPG is No. 23.

In addition, Shirley Engelmeier, CEO and Founder of InclusionINC, will discuss incorporating impactful diversity and inclusion metrics into business strategies. 

Click here for more information about the conference.

New Pinterest page augments region’s talent recruitment efforts

To assist companies and organizations in the region with their talent recruitment efforts, Cleveland Plus recently launched a Pinterest page to augment its talent attraction offerings.

While Cleveland Plus’ talent attraction website provides a range of resources for those considering relocating to Northeast Ohio, the new Pinterest page serves as a visually compelling guide, offering information on local neighborhoods, attractions to see and ways to experience Northeast Ohio.

As social media progressively becomes a primary source for information, Cleveland Plus’ new page will provide yet another outlet for those seeking information about the region.

The Cleveland Plus’ Pinterest page will be continuously updated, so please send any comments or ideas to Additionally, Cleveland Plus encourages companies and organizations to utilize its free talent attraction tools by linking to them. To learn more about Cleveland Plus’ talent attraction offerings, please e-mail

Employment gains in the region

Employment in Northeast Ohio continues to grow, up 40,000 jobs from Q1 2013 and 3,000 jobs year-over-year, according to the 2013 Q2 Regional Economic Report recently released by Team NEO.

This includes a steady gain in Northeast Ohio headquarters employment, from 19,000 employees in 1990 to nearly 49,000 in 2013. While headquarters employment makes up about 3 percent of Northeast Ohio employment, it represents more than 6 percent of all wages in the region. (Source:

Meanwhile, unemployment in Northeast Ohio is lower than the national rate. With an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent in Q2 2013, Northeast Ohio is similar to the state of Ohio with a 7.0 percent rate and lower than the U.S. rate of 7.4 percent. (Source: Current Population Survey, a survey of 60,000 households nationwide.) 

Click here to read more in the report. A Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) external partner, Team NEO is part of the regional economic development system that GCP helped to create and continues to support.

Meet corporate aviation’s leading players

The third annual Burke Corporate Aviation Expo on Thursday, September 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. represents a unique opportunity for Cleveland area firms that use—or are considering using—corporate aviation services to meet with leading players in this industry.

They include aircraft manufacturers, charter services and fractional-ownership companies. Among those invited are C-level executives from major and mid-major Northeast Ohio companies, as well as corporate flight department executives, corporate jet service representatives and aircraft manufacturers.

The Expo is set on the ramp of Burke Lakefront Airport and will include an elegant cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and live music. Plan to attend this event to see the latest in corporate aviation and enjoy the city’s best sunset, with dramatic views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline.