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GCP Insight: Why we support Issue 6

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, the GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks with host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, about the importance of passing Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College operating levy.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a YES vote on Issue 6.

Click here or on the image to watch and learn more about the importance of ensuring that Tri-C remains an affordable and accessible entry-point to higher education for Cuyahoga County residents and how levy funds will be used.

Tri-C is the leading educator our community’s technical workforce and health care sectors, as well as for students preparing to enter four-year degree programs.

What Issue 6 means to our community

Issue 6 is a necessity for our community. It will:

  • Keep college education affordable and accessible for Cuyahoga County’s students and families

  • Protect the local economy and workforce competitiveness with up-to-date education and training

  • Enable students to earn two years of college credit, seek bachelor’s degrees, and graduate with far less debt

  • Maintain access to high quality technical degrees, university transfer courses and job (re)training with up-to date technology

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Yes on Issue 4: Not a tax increase

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a YES vote for Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District capital levy.

Issue 4 won’t increase taxes and ensures that the State of Ohio will continue paying two-thirds of the cost of new schools. Passing Issue 4 will help:

  • Improve classrooms, labs, equipment and safety
  • Prepare students for jobs and college with new technology
  • Continue to increase CMSD graduation rates
  • Create hundreds of local construction jobs
  • Bring quality schools to every neighborhood

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Middle-market perspectives: Empower employee decision-making to drive business priorities

It's normal for upper management to insist on making decisions about their company’s priorities to ensure adherence to their objectives.

However, management may not realize, that the centralization of decision-making actually poses a far greater danger to the proper enactment of business priorities. This is especially true for a middle market company that may find itself at the painful crossroads of increased business complexity and restricted resources.

Erik Sherman, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and author, says that by learning how to delegate responsibility, accountability, and authority, companies can make better use of human resources, improve customer service, and solve problems and operate more efficiently.

“The decision to empower workers to make decisions is a rational approach to business challenges, since management often has limited time to influence every action and requires more time to focus on strategy.

“In the case of middle market companies, they have higher volumes of business than small companies, so executives and owners don't have the capacity to handle all issues with customers.”

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Why you need an effective social media policy

Middle-market companies can use their presence in social media outlets to level the playing field with larger competitors. But a strong social media policy is essential to successfully leveraging these tools.

Rob Carey, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and features writer provides tips for middle-market companies that want to expand their social media outreach and audience.

It’s imperative, he says, that your employees understand and follow a social media policy to avoid competitive damage and even legal difficulties due to irresponsible postings—whether deliberate or unintentional.

To ensure that your company gains the positive effects of a wide social media presence, here are here steps to take to build and maintain a workable social media policy:
  • Communicate the importance of social media to your employees.
  • Tread carefully when implementing restrictions on employee usage of personal social media accounts.
  • Establish an efficient framework for coordination of your social media content.

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The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, is a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Middle-Market Initiative.

“Pass the Plus:” Ohio's manufacturing resurgence

In this month’s issue of “Pass the Plus,” learn more about the resurgence of manufacturing in the Cleveland Plus region and the state.

October is Manufacturing Month in the state with the goal of celebrating and bringing attention to the many career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing has long been the foundation of Northeast Ohio's economy, with almost 40 percent of everything made in Ohio coming from our region.

Manufacturing accounts for 14 percent of the Cleveland Plus region’s total employment and provides 19 percent of the region's gross regional product.

“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.