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2014 highlights: RNC: Next stop, Cleveland; a boost to Hopkins air service; a new regional economic development strategy and more
The decision to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland is the stand-out story among many highlights from this past year related to the Greater Cleveland Partnership and our strategic priorities. Read more.
GCP Board approves appointment of two new members
The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has approved the appointment of two new members.
In action taken last week at its quarterly meeting, the Board welcomed Loretta Mester, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and Robert Patterson, president and CEO, PolyOne Corporation, as new members. Read more.
As Hopkins air service transitions, opportunities arise for more travel options
With additional service that other airlines—such as Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and Delta—are now offering at Hopkins Airport, last week’s announcement by United Airlines that it will end nonstop flights between Cleveland and Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa is not unexpected.
“This decision is based upon the competitiveness of the industry,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “But this also presents an opportunity to offer an even more diverse range of options for Hopkins travelers." Read more.
Nation's top demographer to speak at 2015 Middle-Market Forum
Kenneth W. Gronbach, the nation’s leading demographer and nationally recognized author, expert and futurist in the field of demography and generational marketing, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership on Friday, May 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. at Corporate College East.
Ken makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real life examples that make it relevant to today’s culture, business climate and economy. Registration information will be available soon.
Business, political leaders connect at 51st annual Public Officials Reception
Many thanks to our members for making the Greater Cleveland Partnership's 51st annual Public Officials Reception a tremendous success! More than 550 Northeast Ohio business and community leaders and elected officials attended the event last Friday at Windows on the River.
In addition, U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke at a pre-event program attended by members of the GCP Board, GCP Government Affairs Council, Ohio Assembly, and Cleveland City Council and our event sponsors:
The Public Officials Reception is sold out! Thanks for your support
The GCP’s 51st annual Public Officials Reception on Friday, Nov. 21 is sold out, and registration is now closed! Thanks for your support.
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GCP, other Ohio metro chambers voice support for Common Core's higher learning standards
The GCP has joined seven other Ohio metro chambers and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to submit a joint memorandum to the Ohio House Rules Committee “to indicate our collective opposition to House Bill 597, the legislation that would eliminate the Common Core standards that were duly authorized and implemented for the past four years in Ohio."
Click to read more.
Election 2014: We'll discuss the story behind the numbers
The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Government Advocacy Team will be working into the night on Tuesday to produce a special report for GCP members that looks at the results of local and statewide races and ballot issues and what they mean to the Northeast Ohio business community.
Watch for it in your Inbox early Wednesday morning, November 5.
How we add value to your GCP membership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership offers a diverse range of services, expertise and connections to help our region’s companies grow, expand and thrive. The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, is one of those resources.
As a member of the Commission, your company has access to a wide range of diversity and inclusion services and resources that can be tailored to support your company’s strategic objectives. Read more.
Issue 4: How CMSD levy funds will be used
The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is encouraging YES vote on Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) capital levy, whose funds will help ensure that CMSD students are educated in an optimal learning environment.
The levy will generate about $200 million of revenue for construction and another $2.5 million annually for maintenance. The CMSD facilities plan calls for 22 new schools to be built.
GCP Insight: Why we support Issue 6
In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, the GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks with host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, about the importance of passing Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College operating levy.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a YES vote on Issue 6. Click to watch.
JobsOhio accelerating growth of middle-market companies
JobsOhio’s impact on middle-market companies during the first half of 2014 was discussed at the organization’s quarterly public meeting, and the results are impressive. They include:
Projects won (total 159): 54 percent were with middle-market companies; and jobs created in projects won (total 13,092), 48 percent were with middle-market companies. Read more.
GCP Board votes to endorse Tri-C and Cleveland school levy
The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) levy (Issue 6) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
(CMSD) levy (Issue 4), which will be on the November ballot.
The resolution, which was passed at the Board’s quarterly meeting last week, also approves a joint GCP/COSE contribution of $25,000 to the CMSD levy campaign and providing staff support to assist with fund raising and shaping campaign messaging.
The Tri-C levy is a renewal with a 0.9 millage increase, which translates into an additional $2.63 per month for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000. The CMSD capital levy, if approved, is a renewal levy with no tax increase.
Public-private collaboration brings new business tenant to PlayhouseSquare
The Greater Cleveland Partnership Business Development Team, in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and OhioMeansJobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, assisted Inforce Technologies, LLC, a system integration and technology consulting firm, with its headquarters expansion and relocation from Garfield Heights to Idea Center in PlayhouseSquare.
The collaborative effort helped Inforce's leadership identify and secure government incentives to support its expansion project.
Study finds $6B of Greater Cleveland construction activity creating job opportunities, challenges for diverse workers
A study commissioned by a public-private partnership working to increase participation by diverse and City of Cleveland residents in Greater Cleveland construction projects has found significant long-term job opportunities based on $6.2 billion in planned projects.
However, there is also a workforce gap that is creating challenges to fill those jobs. Click to read more
about the study's key findings and how those challenges can be addressed.
GCP members among fastest-growing U.S. companies
The 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies includes several Greater Cleveland Partnership members.
Click to find out who they are.
Common Core learning standards set high expectations for Ohio's students
Marty McGann, GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, provides an update on recent legislative activity related to Common Core learning standards in the latest “GCP Insight” video.
In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, McGann discusses the importance of correcting misperceptions about Common Core standards, which spell out what students are expected to learn but do not dictate curriculum. Click to watch.
Health care, manufacturing set pace for middle-market growth
Mid-market companies grew revenue over the past year at 6.6 percent, according to the National Center for the Middle Market 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator. Health care and manufacturing were the strongest industry segments. Read more.
More action is needed to keep Highway Trust Fund solvent
Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president of advocacy, discusses challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund, the depository for the federal gasoline tax, in this segment of the “GCP Insight” video series.
Gattozzi explains why the fund is facing insolvency, the temporary solution to prevent a shortfall, what needs to happen to keep the fund solvent long-term, and where GCP weighs in on this issue. Click to watch.
Where are the new jobs? At middle-market companies.
U.S. middle market companies have continued to maintain hiring increases in 2014.
More than 40 percent of middle-market companies added jobs compared to one year ago, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator report.
Investments in water quality supporting Cleveland’s waterfront development
The importance of water and sewer infrastructure on the economic and environmental health of Northeast Ohio was the central theme of the 2014 Build Up Greater Cleveland
(BUGC) Annual Meeting on Monday, July 21.
Keynote speaker George S. Hawkins, Esq., general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
and a Greater Cleveland native, discussed the essential investments being made around the country to provide safe drinking water and ensure healthy rivers and lakes.
Hawkins’ message is incredibly timely as the development of Greater Cleveland’s waterfronts has become a priority. Read more.
Transforming downtown Cleveland: 60 seconds with Jeremy Paris, executive director, Group Plan Commission
Paris is a Cleveland native who returned from Capitol Hill to take part in the revitalization of his hometown.
As the first executive director of the Group Plan Commission (GPC), he will shepherd efforts to connect Clevelanders by reinvigorating signature downtown public spaces and linking Lake Erie to the city's core.
Click to read the interview.
GCP Insight -- Opportunity Corridor: Road to progress
Marie Kittredge, project director, Opportunity Corridor, provides an update on the project's progress in a conversation with “GCP Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper.
Construction on the first phase of the three-mile boulevard, the widening of East 105th Street, begins in the fall. Click to watch the video.
GCP Government Affairs Council to examine proposed regional levies
The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Government Affairs Council recently discussed the various regional levies in place in Northeast Ohio, including the sequence for levy expirations.
In the coming months, the Council will examine regional levies expected this fall and provide recommendations to the GCP Board.
New legislation supports Ohio's aerospace and aviation assets
In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses two pieces of legislation recently signed by Governor Kasich to support Ohio’s aerospace and aviation assets.
In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, McGann provides an overview of the outcomes. Click to watch.
GCP Board Meeting highlights: New appointees, newly elected members recognized
Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Beth Mooney announced at last week's Board meeting that Richard Chiricosta, president and CEO of Medical Mutual, has been appointed to the GCP Executive Committee.
Mooney also announced the appointment of Julie Boland, Cleveland office managing partner of Ernst and Young, as a member of the Class of 2015. Nine board members who were elected in March also were recognized.
Proposed EPA carbon regulations could undermine Ohio’s manufacturing resurgence
Click here to watch the latest segment in our “GCP Insight” video series and learn how proposed EPA carbon regulations could undermine manufacturing’s resurgence in our region and state as higher costs could negatively impact the competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers.
GCP Vice President of Government Advocacy Nick Gattozzi also discusses how GCP will speak out on behalf of the business community.
60 seconds with...Thomas A. Stewart, executive director, National Center for the Middle Market
Thomas A. Stewart, named executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market earlier this year, is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.
He shared his thoughts with Every Monday on several topics including middle-market trends, opportunities and what business executives should be reading this summer.
CDA invests in catalytic University Circle/Hough neighborhood project
After years of collaborative efforts, The Finch Group has closed on financing for the first phase of The Preserve at Upper Chester in the Hough neighborhood, including a $3 million loan from Cleveland Development Advisors’ (CDA) Advance Cleveland Development Fund.
The $42 million project at the corner of Chester Avenue and East 97th Street will create 177 units of residential apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail space.
Creating jobs, protecting the Great Lakes
The Greater Cleveland Partnership led a local and regional effort to draft and enact the next Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill.
That work will culminate this week with votes in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on the act’s renamed and reauthorized conference report, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) (photo left) was instrumental in the drafting of the bill, its passage in the House, and the negotiations within the Conference Committee.
GCP, Medical Mutual collaborate on health plan solution
for middle-market companies
A new collaboration between the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Medical Mutual to provide a cost-effective, consumer-driven health plan solution for Northeast Ohio companies with 50-500 employees was announced Friday at the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum held at Corporate College East. Click here for details.
Thanks to our forum sponsors:
Vote to help keep Cleveland strong: "YES" on Issue 7
The Greater Cleveland Partnership encourages you to be an informed voter about Issue 7, which extends the small tax on cigarettes and alcohol to protect the benefits from the public’s investment in the public-owned sports facilities in Cuyahoga County.
We hope that you will communicate this important information to others in your organization: Issue 7 is not a tax increase. Read more.
GCP, Cleveland Development Fund to host D.C. fly-in
The Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland Development Fund once again will host a fly-in to Washington D.C. in conjunction with Congressmen Dave Joyce (OH-14) (right) and Jim Renacci (OH-16) on May 29-30.
This year’s agenda will include a Thursday evening reception at the United States Botanic Garden followed by conference sessions on Friday in the Congressional Visitors Center. Sessions will include an Ohio Congressional Delegation Breakfast and presentations of interest to business, industry and government officials at the state and local level.
Minimum wage debate continues in Washington; GCP members can voice their opinion
In response to President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the United States Senate has begun to discuss the issue. Although it is possible that the Democrat-controlled Senate will take action on the matter after Easter break, it is unlikely that the House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans, will consider it any time soon.
GCP members are encouraged to let us know how they feel about this issue. By taking 10 minutes to participate in this survey, members can provide important insight, which will be relayed to the Government Affairs Council. Click here to watch our video.
What drives growth of middle-market companies?
Learn what drives high-growth middle market companies at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Friday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East. The forum’s breakout sessions will focus on business imperatives that are essential to achieving and sustaining success in the middle market. Click for details.
GCP Annual Meeting highlights 2014 priorities, 10-year accomplishments
More than 1500 business and community leaders joined us at the 2014 Annual Meeting on April 2 at the Cleveland Convention Center. The packed house heard updates on GCP priorities from GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.
Other highlights included keynote speaker Governor John Kasich and presentation of the Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in-Class awards. Click for details.
GCP Annual Meeting is sold out!
Thanks to our sponsors and members for your support of the 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, April 2 from 4 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. We’re very pleased that the event has sold out!
We’re looking forward to an exciting and informative program that includes keynote speaker Governor John Kasich and presentation of the Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in-Class Awards for exemplary achievement in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity. Click here
for more information on our speaker, sponsors and program.
GCP advocating to keep increased funding for NASA Glenn
In this week’s "GCP Insight" video series, Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president, government advocacy, discusses the economic impact of the NASA Glenn Research Center on the region and state and how GCP will continue to advocate for optimum funding levels for the Center's space technology programs.
Click to watch.
State capital budget request seeks funding for waterfront development projects
Learn about the waterfront access projects that the GCP is recommending for funding through the State Capital Bill in a conversation with Marty McGann, GCP’s vice president, state and local government advocacy, and “GCP Insight” host Lesic & Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.
Click to watch the video.
Governor Kasich to be keynote speaker at GCP Annual Meeting
We’re pleased to announce that Governor John Kasich will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting
to be held Wednesday, April 2 from 4:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.
Since his election in 2010, Governor Kasich has focused on strengthening the state's economy and providing opportunities for all Ohioans. Many of his top achievements align with the GCP’s top priorities including Cleveland and statewide school reform plans, highway funding reform, including funding for the Opportunity Corridor, and healthcare funding for more low-income and working poor Ohioans.
Speaking out for immigration reform
GCP has joined more than 600 business organizations from around the country in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in support of immigration reform.
The letter said that the undersigned “ are encouraged by the House Republican Conference’s review of “Standards for Immigration Reform.” We support Congress and the Administration moving forward on immigration reform using these Standards as the guideposts for action this year."
Community-wide campaign kicks off to "Keep Cleveland Strong"
GCP President Joe Roman was recently interviewed on WTAM’s “Wills & Snyder” where he discussed the kickoff of the community-wide campaign in support of renewing Cuyahoga County’s tax on cigarettes and alcohol to keep Cleveland’s three major league sports venues in major league condition.
Click to listen to the interview.
A message about our commitment to efficient air service at CLE
Read our letter—a full page ad in this week’s Crain’s Cleveland Business—about GCP’s nonstop commitment to ensure that Hopkins Airport has efficient service for Cleveland travelers and visitors.
It says, in part: "Convenient and affordable air service benefits all of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio – business and leisure travelers alike. That’s why we intend to be relentless in our efforts to help attract additional flights, destinations and carriers to CLE to complement United’s nonstop service to 20 cities." Read more.
Why Congress should re-authorize surface transportation bill
In our latest “Insight” video, Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President, Government Advocacy Nick Gattozzi discusses GCP’s efforts to build support in Congress for the Surface Transportation Re-authorization Bill with Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.
Reauthorizing the bill is critical to both the U.S. economy and transportation infrastructure.
Click here to view.
Message from Joe Roman about CLE United hub announcement
As reported over the weekend, United Airlines has announced plans to significantly reduce its operations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
In anticipation of such a development, we prepared a statement on behalf of GCP and are distributing it to the media.
Click here to read the statement.
Protecting the Great Lakes: An urgent priority
GCP Advocacy Senior Vice President Carol Caruso discusses the danger posed by Asian carp, a large and invasive species, to the Great Lakes, in general, and Lake Erie in particular, in our new "GCP Insight" video.
In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper Communications, she points out the urgent need to address the problem, which threatens both fishing and recreation industries. Click to watch.
Marketing Cleveland goes global: Join us
for an exciting unveiling event
magazine, the monthly business, travel and lifestyle publication of United Airlines that reaches an estimated 11.6 million passengers each month, will feature Dossier Cleveland
, a 56-page supplement designed to enlighten readers about the many reasons to live, work and invest in Greater Cleveland in its February issue.
GCP members are invited to join us at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, at the Global Center for Health Innovation to celebrate the most extensive, positive feature ever written about our community.
Click here to RSVP.
Game-changing strategies for middle-market companies
Learn how pacesetting middle-market companies have bucked negative economic and market trends, either through steady, incremental expansion, or through a breakout event, to trigger growth.
A new report by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), GCP's Middle-Market Initiative strategic partner, explores how a company's performance in executing eight well-established dimensions of management creates sustained growth.
GCP urges state to contribute to Cleveland's momentum
The first state capital budget containing community projects in six years is an opportunity to build upon Greater Cleveland efforts to grow and transform the local economy.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending nine capital improvement projects for state funding. Many of those projects are waterfront initiatives, such as improving public lakefront access in Cleveland, Euclid and Lakewood.