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Turbo charge your innovation strategies

Time is running out! Register now for the Greater Cleveland Partnership Innovation Forum on Tuesday, October 8 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the GCP's offices.This free event for GCP members is designed for middle-market C-suite executives and high-level managers searching for new skills to incite opportunity, advance new strategies, and lead new initiatives.

Our speakers include Gretchen Goffe, executive director of the Innovation Initiative at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, who brings more than 20 years of experience in innovation and top-line value creation as a marketing professional.

Her insights will help you zero in on how to create an organization that powers ongoing development of new products, new markets and business model ideas.

Start with a self-assessment

This interactive program will engage participants with a self-assessment that participants will receive in advance. Questions include:

Value Creation: Generating ideas

Do I have a consistent, repeatable process for idea generation?
Does it begin with corporate strategy?

Capture: Picking ideas to pursue and generating revenues

Do we have a defined process for assessing ideas?
How do we manage intellectual property?

Delivery: Organizational and cultural issues in creating a culture for growth

How do we organize innovation?
Do we have a culture that fosters innovation and risk taking?

Learn how to move up the innovation ladder

In addition, Plante Moran's Cleveland office managing partner, Dan Hursh, and Chris Jones, who leads the firm's national service industry practice, will provide a detailed briefing on current trends driving innovation in the middle market.

Learn how the four tiers of innovators -- accidental, disciplined, top and superstar -- move up the innovation ladder and improve their financial results. And find out how you can adopt proven practices of innovation-driven companies.

Don't miss a powerful session featuring the strategies and tools you need to develop and lead an innovative organization. And we'll arm you with the data points you can use to benchmark your company against industry innovation leaders. 

Click here to RSVP.

GCP backs four levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a “yes” vote on four levies on the November ballot. Click on the links below to learn more:

Issue 1: Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services levy

Issue 79: 
Cleveland Public Library levy

Issue 80: 
Cleveland Metroparks levy

Issue 82:
Port of Cleveland levy

Early voting begins October 1

Early voting begins October 1 for the Cuyahoga County November 5, 2013 General Election. Ballot applications are no longer automatically mailed to voters. They are available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website, at local public libraries, or by calling 216-443-VOTE.

In addition, the voter registration and change of address deadline for the November 5 General Election is 9 p.m., Monday, October 7.

Voters who have not registered, have moved, or have changed their name and not yet updated their registration, must do so by this date. Registration cards are available at public libraries and at the Board of Elections website:  

Click here for information about other important deadlines.

Ten-year effort pays off: All funding in place for West Shoreway;
construction begins Spring 2014

It’s hard to believe that it was nearly 10 years ago that the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s first strategic plan, "Cleveland on the Edge," was published.

When GCP was established in 2004, our leadership knew then that in order for our City and our region to succeed, we needed to leverage the strength of our organization to advance transformational projects.

In that first strategic plan, GCP identified several projects that would be game changers for the City of Cleveland and the region. This included the conversion of the city’s West Shoreway from a 50 MPH highway to a multi-modal boulevard with direct connectivity to our neighborhoods and our lakefront. GCP through its advocacy program worked with our local partners and the city, and, in 2005, assisted in securing $50 million for the project.

Unexpected delays, rising costs and the economic recession caused the project to modify its original plans. Despite numerous setbacks, GCP and our public partners continued to advocate for the West Shoreway project and reinforce it as one of our community’s highest priorities.

"When we talk about catalytic projects, this one clearly fits that definition," says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. "Over the years, it remained a project that needed to happen because of the high importance of providing the connectivity this city needs to our lakefront."

In 2012, the City of Cleveland along with ODOT and NOACA collectively provided an additional $34 million to the project. And our public partners continued to advocate with us as to the importance of this catalytic project.

Last week we learned that our nearly decade long effort has paid off. Mayor Jackson and Governor Kasich announced that an additional $20 million in state funding would be committed to the West Shoreway project allowing the project to move forward to completion.

The Governor's commitment is the final funding needed in order to convert the Shoreway into a lower-speed, tree-lined boulevard. Construction on revamping the roadway is to start next spring.

Economic development resources available
for communities, businesses

Last week, GCP’s Business Development team partnered with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, the County Executive’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to host an informational meeting for their Cuyahoga County economic development partners.

The purpose for the meeting was to educate/update the group on various economic development programs available for communities and businesses. The discussion included:

  • Larry Benders (photo right) from the county’s Department of Development gave an overview of the Western Reserve Fund, its programs and funding accomplishments to date.

  • Ed Jerse from the County Executive’s Office led a discussion centered on regional collaboration and the possibility of an expanded county-provided services to communities on a contractual basis.

  • Truc Cao from GCP’s Business Development Team talked about the Ohio Incumbent Worker Training Voucher Program and how businesses could plug in.

  • Evan Scurti from ODOT’s Office of Jobs & Commerce shared information about ODOT’s economic development support programs including grant money to support roadwork associated with projects.

  • Vince Adamus from GCP’s Business Development Team concluded the session by discussing various types of economic development projects, retention/expansion or attraction, and the correct avenues that should be leveraged to execute various programs that apply to the respective projects.

GCP’s Business Development Team has set a goal to have two of these forums annually. If you have questions regarding this program’s content, please contact the Business Development Team at 216.592.2387.

Learn about shale industry job and supply chain opportunities

The Ohio Shale Development: Economic Impact Opportunities Forum on Monday, October 7 on the Tri-C West campus will give an update on Utica Shale play.

The discussion will focus on job and supply chain opportunities, how and where Ohioans can find training though local schools and colleges and the building trades, and the stringent regulations that protect our communities.

The forum will feature special guests Congressman Jim Renacci and State Representative Nick Celebrezze. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The forum is from 8 to 11 a.m. Click here to read or download the agenda.

Manufacturing Month events focus on career potential

October 2013 is Manufacturing Month in the State of Ohio.

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) is working with the state and other manufacturing-related organizations such as the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Columbus 2020, OH!Manufacturing, the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA), and TechSolve to organize events to bring the career potential of manufacturing to Ohio middle and high school students.

This effort is in conjunction with the National Manufacturing Day events to be held throughout the nation on Friday, October 4.

MAGNET is part of the regional economic development system that GCP helped to create and continues to support.

United installing satellite WiFi on international
and domestic aircraft

United Airlines is in the process of installing satellite Wi-Fi on its Boeing 747-400 wide-body aircraft that operate international routes. For domestic routes, the Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft are being outfitted with Wi-Fi.

Unlike air-to-ground (ATG) wireless technology, United’s global in-flight Wi-Fi service uses an air-to-satellite signal to maintain connection even over international waters. United is the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected to the Internet during long-haul overseas flights.

Click here to read more about the installation.

Click here to read more about in-flight Wi-Fi.