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Nation’s top demographer to speak at 2015 Greater Cleveland 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. With nearly three decades experience in retail advertising and marketing, he saw the direct results of shifting demographics in his clients’ profits. Eventually, his passion for the subject changed the direction of his career, to the benefit of readers of his books and attendees of his keynotes and other presentations.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the May 8 forum. You won’t want to miss this presentation featuring Ken's special brand of wit, humor and common sense, making complicated concepts clear with real-world explanations.

Registration information will be available soon.

Proposed EPA regulations a hindrance to region’s manufacturing renaissance

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has filed formal comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing its proposed regulations limiting the production of electricity within the region.

In testimony submitted on November 25, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman said the proposed EPA regulations will have a negative impact on Ohio’s manufacturers.

“Prematurely accelerating the retirement of coal-fired power plants will increase the burden on, and costs for, electric-generating industries,” said Roman. “In turn, these costs will be passed on to manufacturers, effectively increasing their cost of doing business and forcing them to pass these regulatory costs to consumers.”

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Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County improves employee recruitment, job training

The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Business Development team works with many partners. One of our most commonly called-upon partners is Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland|Cuyahoga County (OMJ), a county-wide organization that assists employers with recruiting and job training.

OMJ's methods, which focus on the demand (employer) side of the equation, were recently described and praised in a Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publication, "A WIB Turns to Demand: Helping Job Seekers by Serving Employers." The report details how OMJ improved placing, training and retaining employees, even in a time of budget cuts by realizing that the best way to find jobs for people was to focus on employers' needs.

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Employers needing recruitment and job training assistance can contact GCP's Business Development staff at 216.592.2208 or email

GCP Board members receive Humanitarian Award

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board members Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Medical Mutual (photo left), and Jose Feliciano, partner, BakerHostetler, and chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable (photo right), are the recipients of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s 2014 Humanitarian Award. They were honored Nov. 20 at the Humanitarian Award Dinner held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Since 1949, The Diversity Center has honored men and women of outstanding dedication and community service in the region. Recipients have an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer, and professional organizations and have contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Northeast Ohio.

Past honorees include GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO, KeyCorp; GCP Board members and former Board Chairs Chris Connor, chairman and CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and Alexander Cutler, chairman and CEO, Eaton; GCP Board members Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank, Northern Ohio; Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic; Art Falco, president and CEO, PlayhouseSquare; Sister Judith Ann Karam, congregational leader, Sisters of Charity Health System; Barbara Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University; and Thomas Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals.

Cleveland Airport System recognized by peers with inclusion award

Earlier this fall, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) named Greater Cleveland Partnership member Cleveland Airport System as the recipient of a 2014 ACI-NA Inclusion Champion Award. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in promoting and sustaining diversity throughout the airport industry’s workforce.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) participated in several initiatives to increase diversity in employment and business participation. As a result, women and minority employees increased 47 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Currently, women make up 33 percent of the workforce, and minorities account for 49 percent.

In addition, CLE’s efforts to expand women and minorities in business opportunities resulted in participation on airport construction projects at 25 percent and airport concessions contracts at 44 percent. This success is a result of more than 50 outreach events, including CLE's annual Synergy event reaching 1,200 women and minority entrepreneurs and the launch of the Small Business Element and the Mentor/Protégé Programs.

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