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Survey of major construction projects gauging need
for skilled workers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has launched an extensive skilled-workers demand study to gauge labor needs for major construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland with the goal of increasing local and minority participation in those projects.

The study is one of of several recommendations presented to the Commission in a special report issued in 2012 and is a key driver in helping work toward the job-creation goals of the Community Benefits and Inclusion Agreement (CBA) that has been signed by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, representatives from key business, civic, labor and trade organizations, and several public- and private-sector project owners. It is being conducted on behalf of the CBA stakeholders.

The Commission has engaged Mohr Partners and their consultant team of Weber Murphy Fox and the Upjohn Institute to forecast regional (Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties) trends in the construction industry from now through the year 2020. The forecast generated by the data collected will be used to improve skills training at the high school and college levels and provide a realistic picture of construction in the metropolitan area for the next several years.

“This study will help us understand the details of upcoming projects and the capacity of our labor force to meet those demands,” said Brian Hall, the Commission’s executive director. “We’ll be able to use the results to help training organizations more effectively fill the identified needs with local and minority workers. And we believe this matching exercise will benefit project owners, our workforce and our region’s economy.”

Groups being contacted to participate in the survey include developers, architects, engineers, builders, realtors, major public-sector capital improvement project owners at the city, regional, state and federal levels, as well as major private project investors in sectors such as health care and education, industrial/manufacturing, finance/commerce, and professional sports.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Individuals who are handling data collection are Doug Hoffman of Weber Murphy Fox,, and Jim Robey of Mohr Partners,

Upon completion of the survey, results will be shared with participants who will be invited to a group session to validate the projections.

Executive speaker series on diversity features
Horseshoe Cleveland GM

The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) invite you to attend the second program in its joint speaker series "Dialogues on Diversity," on Wednesday, December 4 with featured speaker Marcus Glover, senior vice president and general manager of Horseshoe Cleveland.

The program will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the CMBA offices on the second level of the Galleria, 1301 East Ninth Street. A reception will follow the presentation.

“Dialogues on Diversity” moves beyond talking about the established virtue of diversity to engage leaders from the legal and corporate communities in important discussions about the business case for diversity and inclusion.

Glover is charged with ensuring that Horseshoe Cleveland maximizes connectivity and economic impact, while upholding Caesars’ world-class management standards, including a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

The series is intended to have local executives share insights on dealing with the challenges of attracting and retaining diverse candidates within their organizations and will focus on best practices and innovative efforts that are making a positive difference.

The CMBA and GCP hope that sharing such information will move diversity efforts beyond the planning stage and spur strategic action at the executive level—both in leadership composition and culture.

Please RSVP to Parking is available in the Galleria garage (entrance on Lakeside Avenue) for $3.00 after 4 p.m.

Business nominations wanted for award recognizing achievement in diversity and inclusion

The Cleveland Orchestra, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, and the City of Cleveland are seeking nominations of a business or organization that have achieved success in advancing in diversity and inclusion for the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. The winner will be recognized at the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Nominees should demonstrate: (1) significant contributions toward building a sense of unity among the citizens of Cleveland through programs and activities that help the city a more desirable place to live; (2) success in eradicating barriers that impede the attainment of academic excellence; and/or (3) a commitment to diversity and inclusion and skill in building and maintaining harmonious and productive cross-cultural relationships.

Download more information and the nomination form here. Nominations are due by Monday, December 16, 2013, and should be mailed to:

MLK Community Service Award
Attention: Education and Community Programs
The Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Or email your nomination(s) to with the subject line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination. More information is available on the GCP website.

How to keep employees motivated

Motivating employees is a top concern for many middle-market company leaders. Dorie Clark, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and faculty member at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business writes about advice from Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of middle market company

According to Fertik, half the battle lies during the hiring process when companies should screen for employees who are natural go-getters. Then you must keep them motivated once they've joined the company.

Clark writes that “to this end, Fertik tries to make a point of acknowledging excellent work, both publicly and privately, and thinking carefully about what rewards would be most valued by particular high-performing employees.”

Fertik also advises that it's important for the CEO to do some personal “mood-setting” in the workplace.

Click here for more information.

United MileagePlus auction open for Cavs club-level tickets

United Airlines’ partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers gives MileagePlus members the opportunity to bid on four (4) club-level seats and a parking pass for the Cleveland Cavaliers match-up with the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, December 26. Bidding ends on Monday, Dec. 9.

To participate in the auction, the number of Award Miles in your account should be at least equal to the current bid per item. If you win the auction, you will be notified via email and your account will be automatically debited for the amount of Award Miles you had bid. NOTE: No miles will be deducted from your account before the end of the auction.

Click here to visit the Mileage Plus website for details.