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GCP, Medical Mutual collaborate on health plan solution
for middle-market companies

A new collaboration between the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and Medical Mutual to provide a cost-effective, consumer-driven health plan solution for Northeast Ohio companies with 50-500 employees was announced Friday at the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum held at Corporate College East.

MCPc Chief Technology Officer Darin Haines, chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Committee (left photo), provided details about “The Middle Marketplace,” noting that it gives employees the power of choice by utilizing a defined contribution approach to benefit selection.

“Medical Mutual and GCP are dedicated to educating middle-market companies on the latest healthcare trends and developing products to help Northeast Ohio middle-market companies recruit and retain the very best talent,” says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “The Middle Marketplace is a best-in-class solution to the number one challenge facing middle-market executives.”

The challenge of healthcare costs to middle market companies -- their top concern for nine consecutive quarters -- was noted in remarks at the forum by Dr. Anil Makhija (right photo), academic director of the National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital. More than 250 Northeast Ohio middle-market executives attended the event.

Makhija presented highlights from the 1Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator, which surveys 1,000 U.S. CEOs, CFOs, and other C-suite executives on key indicators of past and future performance as well as confidence in the global, U.S., and local economies.

“Confidence among mid-market executives is increasing alongside accelerating gains in revenue and employment growth,” Makhija noted with confidence in local economies at an all-time record at 81 percent, while national and global confidence at 64 percent and 57 percent, respectively, are significantly higher compared to the same time last year.

Forum highlights strategies for middle-market success, regulatory challenges

The 2014 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum also included:

Teshome provided an overview of economic trends. Woggon’s remarks noted that recommendations by the statewide chamber and its local chamber partners are helping to ensure that the business community’s voice is heard on matters of taxation and regulations. LaTourette expressed concerns about the ability of businesses respond to challenges such as the cost of providing healthcare as now mandated by federal law.

  • Sessions on middle-market success strategies led by (right photo, left to right): faculty from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Gretchen Goffe, Steve Lundregan, Larry Inks and Ray Noe; and Collection Auto Group President Bernie Moreno.

CEOs share insights into their success


The forum also featured: (left to right) Ohio CAT Chairman and President Ken Taylor and Stewart Kohl, co-CEO of The Riverside Company, who shared some of the strategies that have driven their companies' phenomenal growth. City Club of Cleveland CEO Dan Moulthrop and Crain's Cleveland Business Publisher John Campanelli moderated the sessions. (In the above photo left to right: Moulthrop, Taylor, Campanelli and Kohl.)

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Passage of Issue 7 continues downtown Cleveland’s ongoing revitalization

Cuyahoga County voters’ approval of Issue 7 to fund repairs to public-owned sports facilities provides support for the positive momentum that continues to revitalize downtown Cleveland.

“Downtown Cleveland is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar revitalization that includes new buildings, new residents and new jobs,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “The trigger for that revitalization was the decision to build the ballpark and the arena downtown. Having our sports facilities downtown yields untold benefits for Greater Cleveland.

“We must continue all that we can do to encourage this precious, undeniable momentum that we have in Cleveland right now. Passing Issue 7 helps us to keep the progress moving.”

Roman also thanked the teams for being community partners, and said that even with Issue 7’s passage, the teams will continue to make significant investments in the three facilities and in the community. 

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies as new members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Click on the links below to visit their websites.

Business volunteers wanted for CMSD school advisory boards

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is assisting the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in reaching out to the business community seeking volunteers for new advisory boards at Collinwood High School and and RG Jones (pre-K through 8) School.

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.

Here’s some background on the schools:

Collinwood High School (15210 St. Clair Ave.) has a college and career readiness focused curriculum. Beginning in 2014-15, Collinwood will introduce the New Tech program as part of the CMSD’s investment school strategy. All ninth grade students will enter this program, which combines rigorous academics that promote creativity and independent thinking, a tablet environment, project-based work, and team-taught classes.

The New Tech program fosters a school environment in which students are supported to work together as collaborators, critical thinkers, and communicators. Learn more at and

Robinson G. Jones (4550 West 150th Street) is a preK-8 school offering a new facility (built in 2010) and Smart Board technology in every classroom. Ninth-grade math and science is offered to eligible eighth-grade students.

Last year, RG Jones was selected as an investment school. Learn more at and

If you or someone in your company is interested in serving on either of the advisory boards, please contact Shana Marbury at or 216. 592.2249.

Pass the Plus! Transforming transportation in Northeast Ohio

“Pass the Plus” is the Cleveland Plus monthly e-newsletter featuring good news about Northeast Ohio. This month’s issue focuses on transportation around the region including the initial voyage of the new shipping service between the Port of Cleveland and Europe via the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

The Cleveland-Europe route is the only regular scheduled international container and non-containerized cargo service on the Great Lakes.