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GCP, other Ohio metro chambers voice support
of Common Core’s higher learning standards

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has joined seven other Ohio metro chambers* and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to submit a joint memorandum to the Ohio House Rules Committee “to indicate our collective opposition to House Bill 597, the legislation that would eliminate the Common Core standards that were duly authorized and implemented for the past four years in Ohio.

The memo from the Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition, which is chaired by GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, continues: “Although we are proud of Ohio’s quality workforce that allows our member companies to remain competitive in a global economy, we firmly believe that Ohio would be moving backwards by rejecting the New Learning Standards. These higher, more rigorous standards are a significant improvement over the previous standards.

“And because they place greater emphasis on reading and writing, as well as critical thinking and depth of knowledge in contrast to memorization, the new standards will drive improvements to the quality of education that Ohio’s children – and our future employees – need and deserve.”

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*Participating metro chambers in addition to the GCP are the Greater Akron Chamber, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

GCP Insight - Election 2014 analysis: Major issues for 2015 and beyond

In this week’s segment of the “GCP Insight” video series, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann and government relations professional Tim Cosgrove, partner with Squire Patton Boggs, discuss the impact of Election 2014 results at the county, state and federal level and what this means for the Northeast Ohio business community

Moderated by Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic & Camper, the conversation also includes an overview of major issues to be tackled by the Ohio Legislature in 2015 and what Governor Kasich’s large victory margin could mean as candidates are considered for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Click to watch.

Middle-market perspectives: Learn how exporting
can accelerate growth

According to the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), middle-market companies that make exporting part of their business model perform better than their peers.

Whether in manufacturing or services, these companies tend to generate stronger revenues and overall growth, and report strategic and operational benefits from global engagement.

However, NCMM surveys and other research studies consistently show that mid-sized companies as a group are not maximizing their exporting promise and not even fully considering the possibilities.

New NCMM research, in partnership with the Brookings Institution, “Accelerating Exports in the Middle Market: Global opportunities for U.S. Firms and Metro Areas,” offers information about exporting that:
  • Presents the business case for mid-size firms to fully consider exporting, and for policymakers to prioritize the middle market in delivering export assistance;
  • Identifies common barriers to mid-size companies pursuing exports; and
  • Highlights newly emerging regional economic development approaches that support middle-market exports.
Click to download the report.

The National Center for the Middle Market is a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Middle-Market Initiative.

Crain’s op-ed urges action to increase economic inclusion

A guest opinion column in Crain's Cleveland Business by Greater Cleveland Partnership Board members and Commission on Economic Inclusion Co-chairs Eddie Taylor (photo left) and Daniel Walsh discusses the importance of inclusion as a key component in sustaining the growth of the Greater Cleveland economy.

It notes that “...sustaining the growth of our economy is impossible if large swaths of our population are underutilized, underemployed or undereducated.

“Simply put, we increase the commitment to economic inclusion and take measurable and accountable actions to provide all citizens with the tools and resources they need to achieve a higher degree of financial success and quality of life.”

Recommendations for action

The column offers several action steps to increase inclusion in leadership positions and the skilled workforce including:
  • Fund job- and career-focused education and training programs in the public schools that guide students toward post-secondary certification as well as colleges and universities.

  • Focus on talented women and minorities within corporations and organizations to ensure they are being mentored in a way that maximizes their talent and development.

  • Implement Community Benefit Agreements on all major projects, making an inclusive workforce, apprentice opportunities, minority contracting and local hiring a requirement from the owner or developer.
Click to read more.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Its mission is "to significantly improve the level of inclusion-the meaningful involvement of minority businesses and individuals-in the economic engines that drive Northeast Ohio."

Construction Diversity & Inclusion updates now online


The Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative, managed by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, is focused on four target areas that support  the objective of increasing the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms on major construction projects in the City of Cleveland.

Information about the four components and their subcommittees are now online in the Economic Inclusion section of the GCP website. The CDI initiative is supported by a diverse group of stakeholders that includes minority/majority contractors, developers, assistance groups, bonding agents, owners and financial institutions.

Click the links below to learn more about CDI.

Pass the Plus: The importance of shale


The November 2014 issue of the “Pass the Plus” newsletter “explores the benefits of the region's growing oil and gas sector and looks at how shale is helping to transform the Cleveland Plus regional economy.

Click to learn more about the shale industry and why it’s important to Northeast Ohio.

“Pass the Plus” is a free monthly publication of the Regional Marketing Alliance, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cleveland Plus campaign. The Alliance is part of the economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

Click to subscribe to “Pass the Plus.”