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CMSD to break ground on new Max Hayes High School, two other schools

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will break ground for three new schools on Thursday, July 18, including Max S. Hayes High School, a project that has been a Greater Cleveland Partnership priority for the last several years.

The first groundbreaking will be at John Marshall High School at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of West 140th Street and Viola Avenue, followed by the 10 a.m. Max Hayes event at the corner of West 65th and Clark Avenue. Ground will be broken for a new Cleveland School of the Arts at 11 a.m. at the corner of Stearns Road and Carnegie Avenue.

GCP worked with CMSD and WIRE-Net to reshape the Max Hayes curriculum from a traditional mid-20th century vocational program to an innovative 21st-century career and technical education curriculum. GCP members and staff have contributed input to curriculum design and content through informal focus groups and service on technical teams and committees, as well as the Max Hayes advisory board. GCP also participated in the "Take it to the MAX!" study, which was instrumental not only in the curriculum re-design but in determining the design of the new building.

How to find Cleveland’s best schools

Flyers are now available online that highlight ratings of schools in each Cleveland neighborhood, as well as a flyer that focuses on all public high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District footprint. 


Former GCP Board Chair Bill Christopher, GCP receive awards

Former Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair William F. (Bill) Christopher was honored with the H. Peter Burg Regional Vision Award at the 2013 Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards for his work to enhance the business climate in Northeast Ohio. The event was held July 11th at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.

Christopher, who retired in April 2011 as president of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, is currently president and CEO of Lakeview Consulting Enterprises LLC, specializing in helping small and mid-sized businesses develop strategies for growth and implementing management systems for disciplined execution of strategic priorities. He served as GCP Board chair in 2009 and 2010.

The H. Peter Burg Award is Team NEO’s highest honor, commemorating the late chairman and CEO of FirstEnergy Corporation, a regional leader and found Team NEO chairman.

Click here to read an interview with Bill Christopher from the July-August issue of Inside Business magazine.

GCP Business Development Team, Commission on Economic Inclusion also honored

In addition, GCP—through its Business Development Team and the Commission on Economic Inclusion—won three Economic Development Plus awards:

Business Attraction: More than 100 Employees International -- GCP and Downtown Cleveland Alliance: Attracting Alexander Mann Solutions

GCP’s involvement included helping the company scout office locations and organizing a bus trip to highlight investments in the city and discussions with civic leaders and young professionals that highlighted the region’s efforts to attract and retain talent. Alexander Mann Solutions opened its North American headquarters in the Tower at Erieview in August 2012 and is currently scouting permanent office space. The company projects a local workforce of 75 by the end of 2013.

Business Attraction: Less than 100 Employees -- City of Streetsboro, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. and Portage Development Board: Attracting Silas Heat Technology.

GCP coordinated the project to consolidate Selas Heat Technology’s North American operations with involvement by more than a half-dozen partners. In May, Selas opened its 70,000-square-footglobal headquarters in Streetsboro, a $3.7 million capital investment with a current employee count of 22 with a total of 35 and $1.8million in additional payroll when the consolidation is complete. 

Fostering Entrepreneurship: Funding -- City of Cleveland, Commission on Economic Inclusion, Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Huntington Bank, The Business of Good Foundation, Cleveland Foundation and U.S. Small Business Administration: Creating the Cleveland branch of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).

The ECDI’s Cleveland branch opened in 2012 with a $4.6 million pool of funds created by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (the Commission’s parent organization), Huntington Bank, the Cleveland Foundation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. A nonprofit that grants microloans of up to five years and $150,000 to small businesses and entrepreneurs, ECDI, has lent $1.3 million to 37 Northeast Ohio companies, which has translated into 72 jobs. 

Inactive voters should register to remain eligible to vote


The Cuyahoga County Board of Election is informing voters that the 2013 National Change of Address (NCOA) registration cancellation is taking place next Wednesday, July 17.

As prescribed by Federal law, voters who change their address with U.S. Postal Service and/or do not have any voter activity (voting, submitting a registration card, or signing a petition) for a period of four years are to be removed from the voter registration database. Efforts are being made to reach these individuals in the event that they would like to preserve their voter registration status with the Board of Elections

Any voter who is scheduled for removal and wishes to remain eligible to vote can confirm their status with the Board of Elections. Voters who are on the list who wish to update their registration status may use the online address change form or complete a new Voter Registration Card and mail or deliver it to the Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Avenue, in Cleveland.

Registration cards are available at public libraries, Ohio License Bureau offices, most local municipal buildings, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. If you have any questions about this procedure or downloading these files, please call 216.443.6681.


Business summit to explore trade and investment opportunities in Africa

Learn about the latest trade and investment opportunities in Africa's most promising sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, capacity building, security, and finance at the Corporate Council on Africa’s 2013 U.S.-Africa Business Summit Oct. 8-11 in Chicago. Attendees will be able to:

  • Network with as many as 1,500 key African and U.S. private-sector and government representatives.
  • Learn from a wide-array of industry-specific and country-focused informational sessions.

Explore new business opportunities by identifying specific growth areas and projects.

Discover the latest financing options.

Meet potential business partners.

Interact with exhibitors representing companies on the cutting edge of investment in Africa.

The summit also will include a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan and a welcome reception at the world renowned Art Institute of Chicago with private gallery viewings of its extensive African art collection.

To learn more about the U.S.-Africa Business Summit, or CCA, please visit or contact Jennifer Wright at