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Message from GCP CEO Joe Roman: Our statement 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. The essence of our statement is this:

While this business decision by United is unfortunate, we have long recognized that this was one possible consequence of the United-Continental merger after witnessing similar outcomes in other markets through consolidation within the industry.

Fortunately, our airport and city are better positioned to attract additional service than they were at the time of the merger. The airport is improved, costs are down, we have more traffic-generating assets and the business community is mobilized and committed.

Click here to read the full statement.

As you will see, we intend to mount an aggressive effort to replace as many lost routes as possible and will approach this opportunity like other opportunities we have faced before. We have a strong case to make, we have the resources and leaders necessary to drive the case, and we are committed to achieving our goal.

I welcome your continued support and encourage you to join us in focusing on all that our city and our airport have to offer, as highlighted in our media statement.

We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Why the alcohol and cigarette tax must be renewed: GCP Op-Ed


Read our Op-Ed posted on on January 29 with facts as to why the alcohol and cigarette tax must be renewed by Cuyahoga County voters in May.

Written by GCP President Joe Roman and David Wondolowski is executive secretary of the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council, the column notes several key points including:

  • This is not a tax increase. The existing tax adds about 1.5 cents to a bottle of beer, 1 cent for a glass of wine and less than a nickel to a pack of cigarettes.
  • Our three sports venues are publicly owned. Money raised by the tax is not used to pay the salaries of athletes and the money does not go to the owners of the teams.
  • If the tax is not renewed and it expires next year, major capital repairs at Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium will ultimately become the responsibility of the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.
  • The existing leases state that the teams are not responsible for repairs and other improvements that cost more than $500,000 at the Q and more than $525,000 at Progressive Field. Our major league facilities are no longer new. Major repairs are looming.

Click here to read more.

Spotlight on IT: Register now for NEOSA Tech Week activities

NEOSA’s 2014 Tech Week, April 11-18, is a week-long showcase featuring the leading companies, products and guest speakers in Cleveland’s booming tech industry. Events include:

  • NASA International Space Apps Challenge (April 11-13): Once again, NEOSA will gather volunteer software developers to work on specific NASA software challenges.
  • Pitch Night (April 14) when a select number of local tech firms will pitch their innovative products and services to IT executives looking for solutions.
  • GCP’s Linking Opportunity to IT Talent job fair (April 16) where local companies can connect with potential employees.

Launched by NEOSA in 2011, Tech Week is an annual initiative to support, celebrate and engage the local tech community. The original intent was to expand upon the NEOSA Best of Tech Awards and to increase awareness of the IT industry in Northeast Ohio.

Since then, it’s expanded to include programming that supports entrepreneurs, executives, students, educators and other stakeholders of the IT industry.

Click here for the calendar of events and registration information.

Middle-market news: How to cut IT costs, improve results

IT operations can make or break a middle-market company's efficiency and, sometimes, its budget. Erik Sherman, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor, advises mid-market businesses that to get the most out of their IT investment, they need more effective and intelligent methods. He offers seven practices that should improve both results and expenses. They include:
  • Use cross-functional planning and communications. Get all the relevant stakeholders into a single room and have them hash out what is needed. Continue the communications during the run of any project.

  • Focus on big ROI and critical support. Focus the department on the projects that will have the greatest positive impact on revenue and profitability or that will support important strategic initiatives.

  • Consider business process management. Business process management refers to systems that can abstract the process and rules part of the equation and put it into the hands of the users that must run the business. The result can save significant amounts of time and make IT systems more responsive to what the business needs.

Click here for details.

2014 Commercial Construction Market Outlook

GCP Senior Vice President Real Estate and Business Development Deb Janik recently joined other leaders from the Northeast Ohio commercial construction industry to present at the 2014 Commercial Construction Market (CMAA) Outlook panel discussion.

Presentation topics included the projected market size, upcoming trends and concerns, the “hot” niche markets, and best practice recommendations for the new year.

Panelists were (left to right): Ted Blaicher, managing director, Cleveland Operations Construction Journal; Deb Janik; Sharon Weigand, manager, Scan Edit and TargetLeads News, McGraw Hill Construction Dodge; and Jon Ferrell, vice president of business development, The Albert M. Higley Co., who moderated the discussion.

The panelists shared a positive 2014 forecast suggesting a national trend of increasing numbers of construction projects. Northeast Ohio is expected to have the largest percentage increase compared to other regions in the state.

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

CMAA is a national organization of 28 regional chapters and 48 student chapters totaling about 10,000 members. Its mission is "to promote and enhance leadership, professionalism, and excellence in managing the development and construction of projects and programs.”

CMAA’s Ohio Chapter, formed in 1982, conducts monthly events that bring its 150+ members into contact with clients, architects, engineers, developers, or industry professionals on subjects of interest to the membership.

Dossier Cleveland supplement unveiled at reception


More than 2500 guests were on hand for the unveiling of the Dossier Cleveland special supplement included in the February 2014 issue of United’s in-flight magazine, Hemispheres.

Held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, the event included remarks by Lee Thomas, managing partner, Ernst & Young, and chairman, GCP Air Service Demand Task Force; GCP President and CEO Joe Roman; Karen Catlin, managing director sales, Midwest Division, United Airlines; and Carsten Morgan, vice president, special projects, Ink Publishing.

Click here to view the section.