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Business and political leaders connect at the 51st annual Public Officials Reception

Many thanks to our members for making the Greater Cleveland Partnership's 51st annual Public Officials Reception a tremendous success! More than 550 Northeast Ohio business and community leaders and elected officials attended the event last Friday at Windows on the River.

In addition, U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke at a pre-event program attended by members of the GCP Board, GCP Government Affairs Council, Ohio Assembly, Cleveland City Council and our event sponsors.

His remarks focused on topics connected to GCP and Northeast Ohio business community priorities including workforce training, creating a successful environment for entrepreneurs, tax reform and energy.

Photo right: GCP Government Affairs Council Chair Thomas Zenty III, chief executive officer, University Hospitals, introduced U.S. Senator Rob Portman who spoke at a special pre-event program.

Photo left (left to right): Chris Kelly, Jones Day, a co-chair of the 2016 RNC Host Committee; John Luteran, Greater Cleveland Partnership; Congressman Dave Joyce; Dan Berry and Tom Sovich, MAGNET. Photo right: Dan Moulthrop, City Club of Cleveland.

Photo left (left to right): Vicki Eaton Johnson, senior director, community relations, Cleveland Clinic and Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Photo right: Oho Secretary of State Jon Husted and State Senator John Eklund.


Photo left: Congressman Jim Renacci; Photo right: Dan Brady, Cuyahoga County Council, and Dana Brady, Cleveland City Council.

Photo left (left to right): Terry Eason, Cleveland Foundation, and Glen Haley and Toni Kayumi, YMCA of Greater Cleveland; Photo right (left to right): Chris Nance, Greater Cleveland Partnership; Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive-elect.

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies and organizations that recently joined the ranks of Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors. Click on the links below to read about their businesses.

Access news, data and research to help support middle-market growth strategies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle Market Knowledge Center is our online repository of information that provides both regional and national data, research and trends.

We’ve recently added several new publications from the National Center for the Middle Market with insights aimed at helping middle-marketing companies drive and sustain growth. Click the links below to view or download:

National Center for the Middle Market 2014 Annual Report: The NCMM set specific goals for its third year: growing mid-sized businesses, providing a mid-market voice to policymakers, being a source for middle market expertise for the media, and enabling rigorous middle market study for academics. This year, the Center progressed toward each of these goals through several key initiatives.

Accelerating Exports: According to the 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.

Performance Management: To find out how effective middle-market companies are at performance management, and what they could be doing better, the NCMM conducted a survey of 300 business executives.

The survey shows a strong relationship between the quality of performance management at midsized companies and their financial performance.

Operations Playbook: Middle-market companies do a much better job of sustaining gains when they approach their operations as systems, with parts or subsystems that can be fine-tuned both individually and in concert.

The four subsystems of any operation—problem-solving, daily management, strategic alignment and personnel development—can all, according to the NCMM, be improved through better management and careful governance.

The National Center for the Middle Market is a strategic partner of the GCP Middle-Market Initiative.

Business nominations wanted for 12th annual Community Service Awards; nomination deadline is Dec. 5

The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Partnership through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, and the City of Cleveland is currently accepting nominations for the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which will be presented at the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 7 p.m.

The nomination deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014.

Here’s what you should know when considering a nomination (self-nominations are encouraged). The awards criteria for a business or organization are:
  • Leadership in community-building
  • Advocacy for educational excellence
  • Promotion of social justice
  • Promotion of diversity and inclusion
  • Involvement with music and the arts to promote greater understanding and acceptance
Click to download the nomination form and selection criteria.

Nomination should be mailed to:

MLK Community Service Award
Attention: Education and Community Programs
The Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Or email your nomination form to with Subject Line: MLK Community Service Award Nomination.