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GCP Insight: Common Core learning standards set
high expectations for Ohio’s students

Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’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 series host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, McGann notes that GCP continues to oppose efforts in the state legislature to repeal Common Core.

He also discusses the importance of correcting misperceptions about Common Core standards, which spell out what students are expected to learn but do not dictate curriculum. “Local control remains in local hands.”

Click to watch and learn more about why GCP is working with other chambers around the state to make the organization's position known.

GCP to hold briefings with candidates
for Cuyahoga County Executive

It is clear that the next Cuyahoga County Executive will play a crucial role in maintaining our regional momentum.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has scheduled separate private briefing sessions for GCP members with candidates State Rep. Armond Budish (D) (photo left) and County Councilman Jack Schron (R)  (photo right) for candid, off-the-record conversations about their vision for the county.

State Rep. Budish
Thursday, August 28
Registration and breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Program 8 to 9 a.m.
Location: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Councilman Schron
Date: Thursday, September 4
Registration: 7:30 a.m.; Program: 8 to 9 a.m.
Location: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Please confirm your attendance at either or both events by emailing Jeanne Romanoff at

Connecting with our members: GCP’s annual Chairman’s Forum

More than 150 Northeast Ohio business leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies attended the 2014 GCP Chairman’s Forum on Thursday, August 21 with Board Chair Beth Mooney, KeyCorp chairman and CEO. Our chairman (photo left) and GCP President Joe Roman (photo right) updated members on GCP’s work on several organizational priorities including:
  • Emerging government advocacy and public policy issues: Upcoming levies energy, state tax policy, and education (see this week’s “GCP Insight” video on Common Core for more information). She also discussed opportunities for members of the business community to get involved in the work of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Physical development and infrastructure: The GCP continues to be an active partner with the Group Plan Commission, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and our civic partners to advance the $30M transformation of Public Square, our malls and connectivity to our waterfront. In addition, the $331 million Opportunity Corridor project is moving forward with phase I expected to break ground later this year. GCP continues to provide staff and administrative support to the project.
  • Air service: Cleveland is a very attractive market as demonstrated by Frontier Airlines, which has made Cleveland its largest investment of service outside of its Denver Hub. In addition, the Air Service Demand Task Force, under the leadership of Lee Thomas, continues to work closely with the executive team at Hopkins Airport to advocate for airport friendly policies and revenue initiatives to support the attraction of new air service providers as well as the expansion of capacity with existing carriers. The committee is prepared to ensure Cleveland has the right levels of service to support the needs of the RNC and beyond
  • Business development: As of June 30, 2014 the GCP’s award-winning Business Development Team has conducted over 170 on-site business visits; worked collaboratively with local and region partners to successfully close nearly two dozen projects resulting in 1600 new jobs; over 1900 retained jobs and more than $600 million in capital investment.
  • Economic Inclusion: The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of GCP composed of more than 100 of Northeast Ohio’s leading employers, continues to serve as a regional catalyst for economic development by creating, supporting, and implementing strategies that promote the inclusion of minority individuals and businesses in Northeast Ohio’s economic prosperity. GCP member companies not currently part of the Commission were encourage to join and connect with its resources to incorporate diversity and inclusion into their business strategies to increase competitiveness and grow their bottom line.
President and CEO Joe Roman wrapped up the meeting with comments on the 2016 RNC, noting that there will be many opportunities to be involved in host activities.

GCP hosts briefing on CMSD, Tri-C levies

Last week the Greater Cleveland Partnership hosted a briefing on two levies that will be on the November ballot.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon (left) spoke about the CMSD capital levy; Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) President and GCP Board member Alex Johnson discussed the Tri-C renewal levy.

Key points about the CMSD bond issue request include:
  • 2.0 mill request to generate $200 million in construction bonds
  • 0.5 mill permanent improvement levy to generate $2.5 million additional dollars for maintenance annually
  • $50,000 home = $44.10 per year
  • No new millage– not a tax increase
Gordon said the bond issue will fund:
  • 22 new schools across the city of Cleveland
  • Refurbishment of 20-23 schools city-wide
  • Bond and Permanent Improvement levy are structured to allow for investment in district infrastructure (Information Technology investments, busses, equipment, and other capital expenditures)
  • Ongoing maintenance strategy (combined $5 million annually)
  • Reduced operating expenses in modern, efficient facilities
Passing the levy in November is important because it’s the last opportunity for “no new millage” and its passage assures continued 68 percent match from State of Ohio facilities construction program.

Tri-C levy discussion notes college's impact on Greater Cleveland

The presentation noted the significant economic and workforce development contributions by Tri-C to the community including:
  • Close to 1 million students have attended the school since it opened in 1963
  • 85 percent of its graduates live and work in Northeast Ohio.
  • Last year, more than a thousand companies hired Tri-C graduates or used Tri-C to train their employees.
  • It protects the local economy and workforce competitiveness with up-to-date education and training
Johnson said that to keep producing results, Tri-C must renew its 10-year, 1.2 mill levy and add 0.9 mills. Key messages that voters should know include:
  • Cost containment measures have been implemented to compensate for millions of dollars in State and local funding reductions
  • $2.63 more per month ($100,000 property) will help retain Tri-C’s quality and accessibility
  • Without the levy, Tri-C would have to cut $40 million annually in faculty, workforce and technical education, transfer programs, job retraining, and access.
GCP is reviewing both levies to determine the position the organization should take on each issue.

Meet our new Investor members

Learn more about these companies that recently joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership by clicking the links below.

Cleveland Plus launches web portal for Northeast Ohio recruiters and HR pros

To help local HR professionals and recruiters attract talent to Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Plus recently launched an online portal that offers free tools and resources to aid in a company’s talent recruitment efforts.

Located at, the portal is intended to serve as an online repository, aggregating a variety of helpful recruiter tools and resources. If you visit the site today, you will find a series of fun facts about the region, transplant testimonials and more.

In addition to the Recruiter portal, Cleveland Plus also hosts a talent attraction website located at or The site is a great resource to share with recruits as they consider moving to the region.

To learn more about how Cleveland Plus can aid in your company’s talent recruitment efforts, please contact Rick Batyko at

Launched in 2007, Cleveland Plus is Northeast Ohio’s first and only regional marketing campaign. The Greater Cleveland Partnership is a founder and partner of the Regional Marketing Alliance, which oversees and operates the day-to-day operations of the campaign.

Ensuring your new hire will succeed

While all companies face issues when bringing in a new hire, middle-market firms are more exposed to the negative consequences that might arise from flaws in the onboarding process.

Ron Carey, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and features writer who focuses on business-to-business topics, says there are organization-wide efforts that can foster successful onboarding.
  • Get logistics out of the way. Mandatory logistical details can be taken care of early through the use of HR-focused software.
  • Build relationships. It's important to free up HR personnel or departmental leaders to create meaningful interactions between the new hire and other employees as soon as possible.
  • Set clear expectations. It's imperative that new workers understand their primary roles, how they should support others, and what criteria is used by supervisors to evaluate their performance.

Click to learn more.

Still time to register for premier content marketing event

Did you know that the largest content marketing event on the planet is held every year in Cleveland? There is still time to register for this year’s Content Marketing World to be held at the Cleveland Convention Center September 8-11.

Created for motivated marketing professionals, this one-of-a-kind event features the best and the brightest in the world of content marketing. An estimated 2,500 people, from more than 50 countries, are expected to attend the conference featuring blockbuster speakers, killer sessions and amazing networking opportunities.

Plus, Oscar award-winning actor Kevin Spacey is the closing keynote speaker. The star of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series “House of Cards” will talk about breaking barriers in content distribution and preaching the word of storytelling.

You’ll also hear from the brightest minds at the biggest brands such as Kraft, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Indium, GE, Progressive, REI, SAP, and Dell. More than 80 sessions will cover strategy, integration, measurement, and more.

Click here for details.