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GCP Insight Video: Immigration Reform

Click here to watch our new video in the “GCP Insight” series and learn about our efforts to support immigration reform and why we think it’s important to economic development in the Cleveland Plus region.

GCP has focused its efforts on increasing the number of high-skilled visas, known as H1-B visas, and the creation of High Skilled Immigration Zones, which would allocate a block of visas to geographic areas experiencing high unemployment.

This has resulted in an increase of the number of visas within the bill passed by the U.S. Senate, as well as an increase in the House of Representatives committee’s passed bill.

Collectively, GCP, along with the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, continues to pursue a strategy to include the High Skill Immigration Zone proposal either as stand-along legislation or as an amendment to a bill once it comes to the floor for a vote. 

News from Hopkins Airport

Your input wanted: Stakeholders survey

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is conducting a Stakeholders Survey designed to provide stakeholder input for strategic decision-making regarding CLE and your airport experience.

The survey results are divided into two groups, areas where CLE has direct control (i.e. directional signage) and areas where it does not have direct control (i.e. TSA security).

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.

Click here to get started.

New parking lot opens today

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is opening a new surface parking lot today to provide passengers additional options for on-site parking. The new Orange Lot is located where the Long-term Parking Garage used to stand.

“We’re excited about rounding out the Airport System’s redeveloped parking program. With the opening of this new on-airport lot, we will be able to provide sufficient on-site parking for CLE passengers,” said Airport Director Ricky Smith. “Coupled with our new on-airport economy lots, the Smart Parking Garage, and the two off-airport parking acquisitions, passengers will experience a much more coordinated set of parking options.”

The lot will have 1,000 parking spaces, most of which will be available to the public. CLE will be using some of the spots for airport employees and supplemental parking needs.

An at-grade crosswalk will give passengers access to the terminal for now, but renovations to the current skywalk should be completed in the beginning of 2014.

The Orange Lot will cost $9.50 per day to park.

United launches an all-new travel app

Last week, United Airlines launched an all-new version of its app for iPhone that is optimized for the Apple iOS 7 platform and compatible with the iPad and older iOS versions.

With in-app access to the most frequently used travel tools, including check-in, booking, flight status, and MileagePlus® account information, the revamped iPhone app streamlines on-the-go travel planning.

The new app includes current features as well as several new functions presented in a clear, touch-friendly, personalized design. The organized look and larger graphics help manage travel details with just one touch. Travelers also can book fights and get flight information using the app’s personalized features.

Click here for details.

Make business travel more rewarding

United PerksPlussm is a complimentary corporate program designed to reward small- and mid-sized enterprises for business travel on the extensive route network on United, United Express, and Lufthansa.

United PerksPlus awards your company with valuable points every time your company's registered individual MileagePlus travelers choose United, United Express® and Lufthansa for business travel.

Once your company’s eligible revenue totals $5,000 for three months immediately after enrollment, you can begin to redeem valuable points online.

Click here to learn more.

Measure your mid-market company’s peer-to-peer performance


Based on the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) 3Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator survey results, middle-market businesses can benchmark their company's performance against their industry peers.

The NCMM benchmarking tool is a quick and effective way to compare your company’s performance on local and national levels across these key metrics: revenue growth, employee growth, productivity, investment strategy and confidence in the local, national and global economy.

Click here to get started.

Collaborate to innovate

Can collaboration help middle-market companies be more successful with innovation? According to the results of Plante Moran’s 2013 Innovation Survey, seven out of 10 organizations are convinced they would be more successful with innovation if they collaborated.

Join Plante Moran and the National Center for the Middle Market to learn more about the possibilities to help further your innovation efforts at a webinar, “Buying Innovation is an Option,” on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. You’ll hear about best practices for your organization based on the Innovation Survey's results.

Click here to learn more.

Supporting creativity in the workplace

Since creativity drives innovation, fostering individual creativity, then, is the key to achieving innovation success. While large corporations have big budgets to engage employees in the creative process, middle-market businesses must leverage the creativity of their people to develop solutions.

Gain valuable insights into addressing this challenge in an interview by the National Center for the Middle Market with Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile about specific ways middle -market companies can facilitate creativity in the workplace.

Click here to read the interview.

Forum speakers share best practices
to increase senior management diversity


The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Senior Executive Forum held last week at the offices of Thompson Hine provided about 80 attendees from Commission-member organizations with:

  • New perspectives and best practices in building and retaining diverse human capital at the executive level;
  • Insights into the value of increasing value of diversity at the top of their organizations; and
  • Potential next steps they can use in their own organizations.

The program included a keynote address by Janet Reid, Ph.D., co-founder of Global Novations, a leading diversity-management consulting firm (photo left) and a panel discussion by representatives from Commission senior management diversity Best-in-Class winners (top photo left to right):

William Blausey, chief information officer, Eaton; Constance Haqq, director of administration and external affairs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; and Frank LaManna, chief operating officer, Thompson Hine.

To help kick off the discussion, participants were asked to take a “Pledge Allegiance to Diversity” (bottom photo) with the caveat that good intentions are not enough. Companies must focus on accountability, metrics and pipeline development, and follow-through with actionable strategies.

Attendees were advised that best practices in building a diverse senior management pipeline include responsibilities to be assumed by CEOs, members of the senior leadership team, human resources and the pipeline talent.

The forum was sponsored by:

GCP members honored with Cool Tech awards

Congratulations to these GCP Investor members honored last week by Inside Business magazine as 2013 Cool Tech Award winners:

Coolest Company: Hyland Software; Coolest App: American Greetings; and Coolest Leader: Stephen McHale, co-founder and CEO of Explorys.

In their inaugural year, the Cool Tech Awards were presented to recognize the technology industry’s greatest accomplishments and honoring local companies that are pioneers in their field for innovation and best practices.

Applications accepted for CMSD Board appointments

Applications will be accepted from now until December 13, 2013, for two vacancies on the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) Board of Education.

One vacancy created by the resignation of Eric Wobser is for an unexpired term ending June 30, 2015, and the other vacancy is for a full term ending June 30, 2017. Applicants must be residents of the CMSD, which includes Cleveland, Bratenahl, Linndale, and Newburgh Heights and portions of Brook Park and Garfield Heights.

Interested parties can mail their applications to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attention Monyka Price, or drop off applications at City Hall, room 227. Applications must be turned in or postmarked by close of business Friday, December 13, 2013.

Click here for more information.

Click here to download the application.