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Marketing Cleveland goes global: Join us for an exciting unveiling event on Jan. 30

Hemispheres 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. This is also the opportunity to visit, if you haven’t already done so, one of downtown Cleveland’s most exciting new facilities.

Dossier Cleveland: Largest Hemispheres supplement to date

GCP, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Plus are especially pleased to host the reception to unveil Dossier Cleveland, which has surpassed the 40-page count of earlier editions that featured Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Louisiana and Kentucky in 2013.

Hemispheres sought GCP’s assistance with identifying and connecting with the region’s business and thought leaders. The Regional Marketing Alliance also helped shape the regional story lines. With additional input from Team NEO, which provided a snapshot of the region’s economy, we were able to tell a very compelling story about Northeast Ohio for this special section.

With United’s 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents, Hemispheres’ Dossier series speaks directly to the global business leader.

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GCP's 2014 Annual Meeting is April 2

Lock in preferred seating as a Table Sponsor

You can lock in preferred seating for your company or organization at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, April 2 from 4 to 7:15 p.m., at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Last year’s meeting—the first public event in our city’s new state-of-the-art facility and attended by more than 1,200 business and community leaders—was a tremendous success.

Our agenda will again include the presentation of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Best-in-Class Awards recognizing exemplary achievement in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity by members of the Northeast Ohio business community.

The GCP Annual Meeting has become a premier, can’t-miss-it business event. RSVP now to ensure your preferred seating by becoming a Table Sponsor and purchasing a corporate table of 10 for $1500.

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Official meeting notice

Pursuant to the Code of Regulations of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), the 2014 GCP Annual Meeting of Members will be held from 4 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. followed by a reception at 4 p.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 5 p.m. The agenda for this meeting includes confirmation of the election of Directors to the GCP Board.

Pursuant to the GCP Code of Regulations, the candidates for directorships will be recommended through the Nominating Committee chaired by Scott Chaikin. GCP members desiring to nominate any candidate(s) to the GCP Board of Directors should submit names and contact information by 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, to:

Secretary, Greater Cleveland Partnership
1240 Huron Road East, Suite 300
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1717 

Omnibus spending measure signed into law

On Friday, President Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill funding the government for the remainder of FY2014. The $1.1 trillion bill is the result of months of negotiations between House and Senate Appropriators and represents the biggest bipartisan compromise achieved in this Congress by far.

The bill increases discretionary spending by 2.6 percent – from $986.3 billion to $1.1 trillion overall. The new spending level reflects the agreement reached during budget negotiations last year between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA). At over 1,600 pages, the bill includes all 12 annual appropriations bills and contains no continuing resolutions, providing some agencies with their first new funding guidance in years.

Of local interest, the bill appropriates $300M in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which will be utilized to address issues such as aquatic invasive species, habitat and wildlife protection and restoration, contaminated sediment, and nonpoint source pollution.

The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) will receive funding of $684M for FY ’14, an increase from its FY ’13 budget of $609M. This funding is expected to support programs at GRC including space technology development and aeronautics. Additionally, the Department of Transportation was funded at levels called for in the current Surface Transportation Reauthorization, as well as $600M for the popular TIGER grant program.

Overall, the bill is a win for both sides: Democrats were able to increase overall funding from FY2013 levels while also preventing the inclusion of policy riders to bar funding to implement the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, and EPA regulations opposed by conservatives.

Meanwhile, Republicans were able to claim victories by freezing the funding level for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services and reducing funding to the IRS. Republicans were also able to preserve several favored policy riders to bar abortion coverage under Medicaid, halt the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and block funding for the International Monetary Fund and high speed rail provisions favored by President Obama.

The bipartisan momentum from the budget bill could carry over into the next few weeks, as it appears negotiators are nearing deals on both a farm policy bill as well as the Water Resources (Reform) Development Act, which includes language critical to the Great Lakes advocated for by the GCP Advocacy Team.

However, it remains to be seen, if that support will extend to the debt ceiling, which must be raised in the next few months. Republicans have insisted that any increase in the debt ceiling be paired with matching spending cuts, while President Obama has steadfastly refused to negotiate on the debt limit, insisting on a clean extension.

Former GCP Board member receives Community Service Award

Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor member The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and GCP, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, presented the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards on January 19 at Severance Hall. Honorees included former GCP Board Member and Corporate Secretary Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, who retired last year as president of Cuyahoga Community College.

Dr. Thornton received the special recognition/outstanding achievement award for her guidance of the “unprecedented institutional growth and development as president of Cuyahoga Community College for the past 21 years.

It was noted that she was selected for the award for “outstanding leadership and dedication to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the College, its students, and the college community, led Tri-C to national prominence while providing high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services to Northeast Ohio."

In addition, she “spearheaded major campus expansion/renovation projects, created national Centers of Excellence —including the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, the Hospitality Management Center at Public Square, the East Health Careers Technology Building, and the Advanced Technology Training Center — and made Tri-C a major economic factor in Cuyahoga County, employing more than 3,000 faculty and staff.”

Other honorees are: Takarria Cannady, youth individual; Block by Block, Clean and Safe Ambassador Program, organization; Duffy Liturgical Dance, special recognition; and Arnold R. Pinkney, adult individual (posthumously).

News from the middle market

Poll probes concerns of mid-market execs

The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) is asking mid-market company executives to help plan the center’s 2014 agenda. Each of the four questions in the NCMM poll should take less than 30 seconds.

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Find out if you have a sustainable business model

A sustainable business is built so that all of its critical functions and parts can manage disruption and change.

The National Center for the Middle Market is providing a test your company can take to determine if you have a sustainable business model.

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Making the most of international joint ventures

Interested in international expansion? Learn the five steps middle-market companies can take to lessen the risk of international joint ventures, which are among the most common ways for mid-market firms to grow their businesses outside the U.S.

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Embracing new technologies will keep manufacturers competitive

A recent study by the National Center for the Middle Market reports that advanced manufacturing techniques have led to a 20 percent increase in profitability over five years.

To remain competitive, manufacturers must stay up-to-date with technology innovations by sourcing employees with the right skills to take full advantage of the new technologies.

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