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Proposed EPA carbon regulations could undermine Ohio's manufacturing resurgence

Watch the latest segment in our “GCP Insight” video series and learn how proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency carbon regulations could undermine manufacturing’s resurgence in our region and state as higher costs could negatively impact the competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President, Government Advocacy Nick Gattozzi (photo left) also discusses when and how GCP will speak out on behalf of the business community with "Insight" host Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic & Camper (photo right), to voice our concerns on this important topic.

"GCP Insight" is a video series, featured in our "Every Monday" e-newsletter and on the home page of our website that focuses on issues of importance to the Greater Cleveland business community.

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GCP names Marty McGann as new senior vice president, government advocacy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has named Marty McGann as the new senior vice president of government advocacy. He will succeed Carol Caruso, who has announced her retirement.

McGann was hired by Caruso and has reported to her as GCP’s vice president of state and local government advocacy since February 2011.Caruso will remain at the GCP in an advisory role for several months.

“Marty has been the point person on many crucial GCP priorities including our work on behalf of the Cleveland education reform legislative effort, the sin tax, the state capital bill and advocating for the state legislation that enabled funding of Opportunity Corridor,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Carol Caruso has established a high standard for setting and achieving GCP’s public policy goals. With Marty at the helm, I’m confident we will continue to be a strong and effective advocate for the business community and economic development in our city and region.”

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A new voice for the middle market on Capitol Hill

Academics, lawmakers and business leaders gathered on Capitol Hill at the end of May for the launch of the Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth.

The caucus, which will help give voice to the more than 200,000 middle-market companies of the middle market is co-chaired by Reps. Steve Stivers (R-OH) l(eft in photo with National Center for the Middle Market Executive Director Thomas Stewart); Jared Polis (D-CO); Tom Rice (R-SC); and Brad Schneider (D-IL).

Rep. Schneider emphasized that middle market companies are looking for certainty from Washington and thanked his fellow lawmakers for being willing to work across the aisle.

Rep. Rice also spoke and said he's hoping his fellow lawmakers work to lessen the burden that regulations have on mid-sized firms.

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How mid-market firms can respond to rapid changes
in global resources

When it comes to global resources such as energy, raw materials, and transportation and communications infrastructure, the world is changing faster today than ever before The ever-accelerating pace of global change means middle-market companies need to get better—and faster—at managing this change.

Chuck Leddy, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor, freelance reporter and corporate trainer, advises middle-market executives to approach these emerging changes and growing risks as an opportunity to build a long-term competitive advantage over the competition.

Click here for details on his four-part process that will allow middle-market companies to be more adaptive as change occurs: (1) build risk awareness; (2) evaluate risks and vulnerabilities; (3) manage risks; and (4) Review risk-management activities and share lessons learned.

GCP hosts economic inclusion best practices session

On June 9 and 10, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the GCP hosted Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and a group of business and civic leaders who serve as members of his Economic Inclusion Advisory Council.

The visit was a benchmarking trip to share economic inclusion best practices of Northeast Ohio with those that Mayor Cranley is undertaking in Cincinnati.

Meetings over the two days were held at KeyBank, Thompson Hine and GCP and included sessions with:

  • Corporate leaders, led by former GCP Board Chair Henry Meyer, GCP Board member and Commission Co-chair Daniel Walsh, president and chief executive officer, Greater Cleveland Region, Huntington Bank, and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman;
  • City and county municipalities led by Natoya Walker Minor, chief of public affairs, City of Cleveland;
  • Community partners led by Paul Booth, former City of Cincinnati Council member and Brian Hall, executive director, Commission on Economic Inclusion.

More than 80 Cleveland leaders participated in various sessions. Mayor Cranley and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also held a separate one-on-one meeting.

PHOTOS: Top left: Bruce Murphy, executive vice president, KeyBank; (right): Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and GCP Board and Commission Advisory Board member Jose Feliciano; (bottom row left to right): Commission Co-chair Daniel Walsh; former GCP Board Chair Henry Meyer and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. 

Largest content marketing event on the planet returns to Cleveland

Did you know that the largest content marketing event on the planet is held every year in Cleveland? You can register now 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, will be in Cleveland for the 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.

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Survey on Northeast Ohio’s middle market to be distributed this week

The National Center for the Middle Market, a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Initiative, is conducting a survey of Northeast Ohio’s middle-market companies this summer to gather data on topics such as workforce development, confidence in the regional, state, national and global economies and challenges that middle-market businesses are facing.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is providing assistance by distributing the survey, which will take only about 15 minutes to complete. Watch for your survey to arrive in the mail this week.

Please note that answers will only be reported in the aggregate. We hope that you will participate in helping to gather important information on middle-market companies in our region.