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An update on Opportunity Corridor: road to progress

Marie Kittredge, project director, Opportunity Corridor, provides an update on the project's progress in a conversation with “GCP Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper.

Extending from I-490 at East 55th Street to East 105th Street, the Opportunity Corridor will offer quicker, more direct access to University Circle, a home to world-class cultural institutions, a university and, the robust core of Cleveland’s growing health care industry.

The three-mile boulevard also will provide improved connectivity to and through the Slavic Village, Central, Kinsman and Fairfax neighborhoods. Construction on the first phase, the widening of East 105th Street, begins in the fall with completion in 2016.

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Have you registered for the BUGC Annual Meeting?


Learn about the importance of reliable infrastructure on economic growth and hear about the recent significant investments made in Northeast Ohio at the 2014 Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC) Annual Meeting on Monday, July 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Windows on the River.

The keynote address will be delivered by George S. Hawkins, Esq., general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water).

A native of Shaker Heights, Hawkins oversees DC Water’s nearly $1 billion operating and capital budget and is responsible for an ambitious agenda that complements a vast 10-year program to improve aging infrastructure and comply with ever more stringent regulatory requirements.

These issues are of national significance, as metropolitan areas throughout the country are challenged with providing quality wastewater and stormwater management while balancing fiscal, economic, and environmental impacts.

Improving water quality is particularly critical to Greater Cleveland as it strives to embrace the waterfront through improved public access and unprecedented development along its river and Lake Erie.

Since its inception in 1983, Build Up Greater Cleveland has served as a national model for producing results through innovative and collaborative methods. This unique partnership of infrastructure organizations has worked tirelessly for more than three decades in supporting sustainability and growth throughout Northeast Ohio.

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Why you should participate in the 2014 Ohio middle-market survey

If you’re an executive with a Northeast Ohio middle-market company, we hope you’ll take about 15 minutes to participate in the 2014 Ohio Middle Market Survey developed by the National Center for the Middle Market, a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Middle-Market Initiative.

Your responses will help us better understand this important segment of the region’s and state’s economies. Knowing more about Northeast Ohio’s middle-market businesses will help us provide you and your company with the level of support, attention and advocacy you need.

Our online Middle-Market Knowledge Center is just one of several resources we currently provide to companies like yours. We also provide programming focused on topics of interest to middle-market companies including healthcare, innovation, talent retention and attraction and more.

We want to expand what we do to support of our region’s middle market companies, and your participation in the survey will help us learn more about the Northeast Ohio middle-market, its challenges and the outlook for growth and expansion.

Responses will only be reported in the aggregate and you will not be identified unless you choose to be contacted for additional information.

Click here to take the survey.

For questions and comments about the survey or GCP’s middle-market resources, please contact Rob Recker, GCP’s senior vice president of marketing, communications and membership, at 216.592.2384 or

Seven ways to beat the summer slowdown

Employee morale and productivity can wane in the summer months as employees may be less focused on business goals and more on vacations, barbecues, and other family outings.

Chuck Leddy, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor, corporate trainer and freelance reporter, recommends several activities to help middle-market companies improve business outcomes despite summer distractions.

Click this link to find out seven activities that fit perfectly into the summer slowdown and allow your company to be better prepared for when busy season resumes.

Meet the new GCP Investor members

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

Cedar Fair rings NYSE Closing Bell at Cedar Point

Greater Cleveland Partnership member Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, hosted the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell ceremony on July 2 at its flagship park, Cedar Point, in Sandusky.

GCP Board member Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair's president and chief executive officer (left in photo), kicked off the summer season as he rang The Closing Bell® amidst a celebration at the park's front gate plaza.

"We are very pleased to be able to celebrate the start of summer here at Cedar Point with the NYSE, our employees, our investors and our guests," said Ouimet. "It is an honor that the NYSE has chosen to bring Wall Street to the shores of Lake Erie to celebrate FUN.”

Click here to read more in the press release. (Photo by Sandusky Register/Angela Wilhelm)

Commission on Economic Inclusion provides scholarship for Cleveland State math major

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), recently participated in Esperanza's annual Fiesta of Hope luncheon as a scholarship donor. The Commission's $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Lilliana Morales, a recent graduate of New Technology High School at Garrett Morgan Cleveland School of Science Academy.

Lilliana will continue her education in the fall at Cleveland State University (CSU) where she plans to major in mathematics and minor in education. Upon graduation, Lilliana hopes to become a teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The GCP has been an active support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the CMSD. Based on the groundwork laid by GCP and its members several years ago to secure funding for the first two campuses of the MC2 STEM High School at GE Nela Park and the Great Lakes Science Center, last year CMSD opened its third MC2 STEM campus at Cleveland State.

The mission of Esperanza is to improve the academic achievement of Hispanics in Greater Cleveland by supporting students to graduate high school and promoting post-secondary educational attainment.

Young Professionals: Share your experience in Greater Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Engage! Cleveland would like the input of young professionals on their experience in Cleveland.

Please click on the link below to respond to a brief (about five minutes) survey that asks for your thoughts on the attraction, engagement and retention of YPs in the Greater Cleveland area.

Please feel free to share this link throughout your YP network.

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