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GCP and Cleveland Development Fund 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.

The event, now known as the "Empowering Local Leadership Conference," goes back many years for GCP and our predecessor organizations. It has been expanded in recent years to encompass a broader representation of the region, as well as the public and private sectors.

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.

A note of appreciation goes to GCP members Westfield Insurance and Dominion for sponsoring this year’s event. Additional sponsorships are still available. Please contact Sarah Shoaf at or 216.592.2438 for more information.

Click here for event registration and more information.


GCP members: Tell us what you think about minimum wage proposal

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.

Take our survey; tell us what you think

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 GCP Government Affairs Council. Results will also be reported in a future edition of Every Monday.

Click here to take the survey.

Issue 7: Get the facts

The Greater Cleveland Partnership encourages you to become 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.

It is not a tax increase.

It extends the same few pennies we’re paying now:
  • Only 1.5 cents per bottle of beer
  • Only 1 cent per glass of wine
  • Only 4.5 cents per pack of cigarettes

Vote "yes" for Issue 7 and "Keep Cleveland Strong."

GCP members earn national diversity honors

Congratulations to the Greater Cleveland Partnership members named to the DiversityInc 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems, Top 10 Regional Companies and 25 Noteworthy Companies lists:

Top 50 Companies

  • Ernst & Young #2
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers #3
  • Accenture #12
  • KeyCorp #47

Click for the full list.

Top Hospitals/Health Systems

  • University Hospitals #1
  • Cleveland Clinic #5

Click for the full list.

Top Regional Companies

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland #2
  • PNC Financial Services Group #4

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25 Noteworthy Companies

  • Forest City Enterprises
  • Time Warner Cable

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To participate, an organization must have at least 1,000 employees and complete a detailed, 300-question survey, which is divided into four equally weighted areas: talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO-upper management commitment, and supplier diversity.

Click to learn more about the survey methodology.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion and DiversityInc

DiversityInc, a national leading source of business information on diversity and inclusion management, is a strategic partnership of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Services to Commission members include: print magazines distributed at Commission events, subscriptions to DiversityInc magazine digital edition and e-newsletter, and full access to the DiversityInc website.

In addition, the Commission is promoted nationally via print ads in DiversityInc magazine.

Awards to recognize innovation in the region

Nominations are wanted for the 2014 NorTech Innovation Awards, which highlight Northeast Ohio's technology and innovation assets by celebrating individuals and organizations that are accelerating the pace of innovation in the region.

Winners will be announced at the NorTech Innovation Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. If your nomination is selected as a finalist, you will be contacted prior to the awards ceremony.

Any individual, business or organization is eligible to nominate themselves or others. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged. Multiple nominations from a single individual or organization will be accepted but only one per category.

Winners must be based in Northeast Ohio or, if not based in Northeast Ohio, have a division, department or other unit in Northeast Ohio with local employees and operations.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Friday, May 16. E
-mail your completed nomination form to

Click here for award categories and details.