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Governor Kasich to be keynote speaker at GCP Annual Meeting

We’re pleased to announce that Governor John Kasich will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, April 2 from 4:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Since his election in 2010, Governor Kasich has focused on strengthening the state's economy and providing opportunities for all Ohioans. Many of his top achievements align with the GCP’s top priorities, including Cleveland and statewide school reform plans; highway funding reform, including funding for the Opportunity Corridor; and health care funding for more low-income and working poor Ohioans.

The Governor is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: "Courage is Contagious"; "Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul"; and "Every Other Monday," which was published in 2010 and focuses on the importance of faith in making both everyday choices and life-changing decisions.

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Meet the "Strong Contenders": Best-in-Class Board Diversity

In addition to our keynote speaker, our Annual Meeting 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.

Here are the “Strong Contenders” for Best-in-Class for Board Diversity:

The award will be given in three categories: For-profit Corporation, Nonprofit/Government and Middle Market. Join us on April 2 to find out who wins!

Have you reserved your corporate table?

You can secure prime seating for your company or organization at GCP’s 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at the Cleveland Convention Center. RSVP now by becoming a Table Sponsor and purchasing a corporate table of 10 for $1,500.

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.

Reserve your table today and join other business and thought leaders as we highlight GCP’s key accomplishments from 2013 and discuss our 2014 priorities. Registration and a reception will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the meeting, which will start promptly at 5 p.m.

GCP Board meeting wrap-up

New Board chair elected to two-year term

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors elected KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney to a two-year term as Board Chair at its quarterly meeting on March 6. She succeeds Christopher Connor, chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company, in this role.

“I am continually impressed with how the private sector in Cleveland comes together to build a stronger community,” said Mooney. “The Greater Cleveland Partnership is the engine that drives our partnership and is critical to helping our region’s economy grow.”

Click to read more in the press release.

New nonvoting members join the Board

The GCP Board also approved the appointment of two new nonvoting members, Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System (left), and Art Falco, president and CEO of PlayhouseSquare.

The active engagement and leadership of senior business executives are central to the GCP’s credibility and success. Consideration is given to ensure that the GCP Board represents the diversity that is present in Greater Cleveland. Click here to read our Board of Directors Resolution on Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Board is composed of CEOs of small, mid-sized and large companies in the Cleveland Plus region, as well as executives who lead our major health care, educational, and venture capital organizations.

Resolution approved in support of CMSD IT systems upgrade

In other action, the Board approved a resolution supporting efforts of GCP Investor member The Lubrizol Corporation, which has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), to perform an extensive audit of the CMSD’s information technology (IT) systems.

As a result of the audit, Lubrizol has created an information technology and business process investment strategy that advances implementation of Mayor Frank Jackson's "Cleveland Plan," which calls for dramatic changes in how the CMSD operates.

GCP’s involvement, as outlined in the resolution, includes:

  • Identification of GCP members to contribute in-kind project implementation assistance through the provision of loaned executives to CMSD; and

  • As CMSD, with the assistance of Lubrizol, conducts a search for a chief information officer, GCP will work to identify any public funding available for implementation of the Lubrizol recommendations, and if public funding is identified, develop strategies to secure such funding;

Click here to read the resolution.

How to help “Keep Cleveland Strong”

You can help increase public awareness—and correct public misconceptions—regarding the renewal of Cuyahoga County’s tax on cigarettes and alcohol.

You can encourage a "YES" vote on Issue 7 by getting involved through the writing and submission of letters to editors at various media outlets by members of your organization and through your networks.

This is crucial as reader letters are very well-read both in print and online. A letter-writing campaign will be an important component to educating the public about the facts that support passage of this vital measure.

The best and most effective letters are those that are genuine and personalized. We encourage you to include your—or your organization’s—specific perspective on how you think the sports facilities benefit you. If the messages in the attachment resonate with you, please make sure to put them in your own words.

The goal is for this to be a sustained effort between now and May 6. Please help Keep Cleveland Strong and encourage a "YES" vote on Issue 7 by striving to secure the submission of at least two letters every week, through your organization and network.

Click here for details about how to submit your letter(s).

Spotlight on Northeast Ohio IT industry: NEOSA Tech Week's promotes companies, products, job opportunities

RSVP now for NEOSA’s 2014 Tech Week, April 11-18, 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; and
  • GCP’s Linking Opportunity to IT Talent job fair (April 16) at the Middleburg Heights Community Center 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. It features  programming that supports entrepreneurs, executives, students, educators and other stakeholders of the IT industry. 

Click here for the calendar of events and registration information.

New tools to help families make informed choices about Cleveland schools

New tools to help Cleveland families make informed decisions about the schools their children attend, including a comprehensive, interactive and searchable “report card” on every public school in the city, were unveiled last week by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. Speakers at the press conference included (photo right) Mayor Frank Jackson and Megan O'Bryan, the Alliance's executive director..

The report card is now available with the launch of the Alliance’s website and “Choose Your School!” – a citywide outreach campaign to encourage families to become active, empowered and engaged “school choosers” for the 2014-2015 school year.

The new site is searchable and includes an online community section “Rate Your School,” which invites comments on individual schools provided participants have a relationship to that school as a family member, student (over 13), educator, or a community member directly involved in the school. It also includes often hard-to-find information on some of the city’s charter schools.

Click here to visit the site.

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to growing a “portfolio” of high-performing district and public charter schools in Cleveland. It was formed as part of The Cleveland Plan created to dramatically reform public education in the city.

GCP played a significant role in helping to shape The Cleveland Plan. In addition, our Advocacy Team worked with Governor Kasich and leadership in the House and Senate to secure passage of the legislation that will help ensure the plan’s successful implementation and sustainability.

We also mobilized business community support by communicating the importance of passing the 15-mill Cleveland school levy, which was approved by voters in November 2012. In addition, GCP is actively engaged with the Transformation Alliance.

Pass the Plus: Northeast Ohio’s food economy is thriving


Be in the know about the Cleveland Plus region’s good news by reading the monthly “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter. The March issue focuses on Northeast Ohio’s thriving food economy. Read more.

Click here to subscribe to "Pass the Plus."

Reader Survey: What would you like to read about the Cleveland Plus region?

Help shape future "Pass the Plus" content by taking the 2014 Pass the Plus Reader Survey. Your responses to this brief questionnaire will ensure that the information included is relevant to your needs. To thank you for your time and participation, you will be entered into a drawing with the chance to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards.

Click here to participate.
Responses will be accepted until Friday, March 14, 2014.

Survey requests data on starting wages and benefits

Northeast Ohio companies are asked to participate in a survey being conducted by Team NEO in partnership with The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark, to gather and report starting pay and benefits information on 250 professions in 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

The survey seeks to gather accurate starting wage and benefits information for businesses looking to grow in the region. Currently, data available to companies from the state provides median and average wages, which can be skewed due to the region’s number of veteran workers and low “churn.”

In turn, this data will help companies project the cost of recruiting entry level and experienced talent. Companies responding to the survey will have access to the report, which can serve as valuable benchmarking tool.

The Stark Development Board has worked with Team NEO to identify the 250 occupations that are most important to the region and its growth. These include professional and skilled labor professions. Now through March 31, 2014, companies in the region that fit this profile are asked to respond. Please have a human resource representative click on this link: