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GCP advocating to keep increased funding for NASA Glenn

In this week’s "GCP Insight" video, Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president, government advocacy (photo left), discusses the economic impact of the NASA Glenn Research Center on the region and state and how GCP will continue to advocate for optimum funding levels for the Center's space technology programs.

Recommended funding for NASA Glenn in the Administration’s budget proposal includes a $20 million increase for its space technology programs. In this interview, Gattozzi explains why it will be necessary to win support to ensure that funding not be cut as the budget proposal makes it way through Congress.

"GCP Insight" is hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner (photo right). Click here to watch.

GCP applauds state for supporting lakefront priorities


Last week, state leaders today introduced Ohio’s state capital bill legislation that assists a wide range of projects that include providing better public access to Cleveland’s lakefront. More than $30 million was included for economic development and arts projects in the Cleveland area.

At the request of Governor Kasich, the Greater Cleveland Partnership developed a priority list of projects for economic development funding as part of this legislation. GCP staff and members worked with Mayor Frank Jackson and other community leaders to develop a list that would maximize the economic development potential for the our region.

Projects in the legislation include:

  • Cleveland Lakefront Access Project - $5 million
  • Flats Riverfront Park - $3.5 million
  • Euclid Waterfront Improvement Plan - $ 1 million
  • Gordon Square Arts District - $1 million
  • New Economy Neighborhood in Fairfax Neighborhood- $500,000

“This is a good day for Cleveland,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “It is clear Governor Kasich and our legislative leaders understand the importance of encouraging private development in Cleveland’s lakefront and waterfront.”

Click here to read more in our press release.

GCP Annual Meeting: There’s still time to register!

Individual tickets are now available

There's still time to register for the Greater Cleveland Partnership 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 2 from 4:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. Governor John Kasich will be our keynote speaker.

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.

Lock in preferred seating for your company by becoming a Table Sponsor. Click here to purchase a corporate table of 10 for $1500.

In addition, individual tickets are now available on our website. Click here to register.

Our program

In addition to the keynote address, our program will include:

  • An overview of GCP’s impact from the past 10 years
  • A discussion of our priorities for 2014
  • Confirmation of the election of Directors to the GCP Board
  • Special presentation: Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in Class Awards.

Meet the “Strong Contenders” for Best-in-Class Workforce Diversity

Join us on April 2nd and find out who wins!

Thanks to our sponsors

We greatly appreciate the support of our Annual Meeting sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $92.9 billion.

Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.

Supporting Sponsors

Air Force One
specializes in building automation and temperature control, with capabilities ranging from heating and air conditioning to engineering, refrigeration piping and project services. The company offers a host of services to different industries. Solutions vary according to customers needs from holistic, design-build projects to mechanical systems installations.

Ernst and Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The firm is committed to building a better working world — one with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.

Goldfarb Weber Creative Media is a script-to-screen visual communications firm located in Cleveland Ohio.

Opened in May 2012 Horseshoe Cleveland was the first casino in the state of Ohio. It features 96,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,000 slot machines and 89 table games. Casino revenues have helped fund outdoor improvements at PlayhouseSquare with additional funds earmarked for loans for the second phase of the Flats East Bank development and conversion of the East Ohio Building into more than 200 apartments.

A trusted insurer for more than 75 years, Medical Mutual is the oldest and largest health insurer headquartered in Ohio. As a mutual company, the company operates for the benefit of its members and not stockholders. It develops products and services that better serve its customers and communities.

Northeast Ohio Medical University improves the health, economy, and quality of life in the region through the medical, pharmacy and health sciences education of students and practitioners at all levels; the development of new knowledge through research in the biomedical, community health and behavioral sciences; and the provision of community service and health education throughout Northeast Ohio.

With roots in banking dating to before the Civil War, PNC has grown into one of the leading financial services organizations in the country. PNC provides consumer and small business banking primarily in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with residential mortgage banking and corporate and institutional banking offices across the continental United States.

Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in-Class Awards Sponsors

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $130 billion in assets and operates 17 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers. It operates four main businesses: commercial banking, branch banking, consumer lending, and investment advisors.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $9.0 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $59 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, and its affiliates provide full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services.

The MetroHealth System is one of the largest, most comprehensive health care providers in Northeast Ohio, serving the medical needs of the Greater Cleveland community since 1837. It is committed to responding to community needs, improving the health status of our region, and controlling health care costs. As a public healthcare system, MetroHealth holds as a core value the provision of services to any resident of Cuyahoga County, regardless of ability to pay.

Get the facts on Issue 7

Be sure that you know the facts—and share them with your professional and personal contacts—about Issue 7, the ballot measure to renew the pennies-per purchase to protect investments in the publicly owned sports facilities in Cuyahoga County.

Issue 7 is not a new or increased tax. It will not increase what we currently pay for cigarettes and alcohol. The cost:

  • 1.5 cents per bottle of beer
  • 1 cent per glass of wine
  • 4.5 cents per pack of cigarettes

Click here to learn more.

More ways to support the campaign

You can help increase public awareness—and correct public misconceptions—regarding the renewal of Cuyahoga County’s tax on cigarettes and alcohol.  Here’s how you can encourage a "YES" vote on Issue 7.

        **  Keep Cleveland Strong - Bar Spot

        **  Keep Cleveland Strong - Tom Hamilton

Connect with the campaign via social media and – most importantly – forward these links to your internal networks, friends and family.

** Like on Facebook

** Follow on Twitter:

** Visit the website and sign up for Team Cleveland.

Speak out to the media

You also can get 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 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).

CMSD seeks business community volunteers
for school advisory boards

One way the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is focused on implementing the Cleveland Plan involves replicating the components of high-performing schools in other schools in the district. One component is a strong advisory board. Advisory board members can assist in everything from providing “real world” internship opportunities to students, to providing business input into the curriculum to fundraising for specific school projects or programs.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has accepted Eric Gordon’s invitation to assist the district in building strong advisory boards for as many schools as possible. The schools for this year are Lincoln-West High School, Collinwood High School and Robinson G. Jones (preK-8) with the hope of doing several more each year.

If you or someone in your company is interested in serving on any of the three advisory boards, please contact Shana Marbury at or (216) 592-2249.

Click here to learn more about the schools.