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GCP Board votes to endorse Tri-C and Cleveland school levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)  levy (Issue 6) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) levy (Issue 4), which will be on the November ballot.

The resolution, which was passed at the Board’s quarterly meeting last week, also approves a joint GCP/COSE contribution of $25,000 to the CMSD levy campaign and providing staff support to assist with fund raising and shaping campaign messaging.

The Tri-C levy is a renewal with a 0.9 millage increase, which translates into an additional $2.63 per month for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000.

The CMSD capital levy, if approved, is a renewal levy with no tax increase. The state of Ohio will match levy dollars if used for new schools. Under the district’s facilities plan, the levy dollars would be used to build 22 new schools and refurbish and remodel a minimum of 20 schools. 

Learn more about Issue 4 in the “GCP Insight” video featured below.

New GCP Executive Committee and Board appointments

GCP Board member and Commission on Economic Inclusion Co-chair Eddie Taylor, Jr. has been appointed to GCP’s Executive Committee. Taylor is president of Taylor Oswald, a venture between that company and Oswald Companies.

He also remains a vice president of Oswald Companies, one of the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned insurance brokerage firms.


The Board also approved the appointments of three new members (left to right):

  • John Carmichael, president, Nestle Pizza and Snacks Division;
  • Joseph DiRocco, president, RBS Citizens and Charter One-Ohio; and
  • Alec Scheiner, president, Cleveland Browns.

MetroHealth planning to transform campus and its neighborhood

GCP Board member Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System, told the GCP Board says that MetroHealth’s planned transformation will:
  • Re-tool a too-large campus with aging facilities that are expensive to operate;
  • Better address health disparities, which are striking (life expectancy in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood is 24 years less than in Lyndhurst); and
  • Respond to healthcare reform mandates that calls for improved delivery at a lower cost.
The goals of the proposed transformation include a smaller campus, a focus on wellness and:
  • Creating a new MetroHealth that is more accessible, affordable and accountable;
  • Developing a coalition of community resources and healthcare providers to improve health outcomes in Cuyahoga County;
  • Igniting economic development along the West 25th Street corridor.

Click to read about plans for transforming MetroHealth.

The GCP Board approved providing GCP senior staff to assist MetroHealth with its transformation process.

GCP Insight: Learn more about Issue 4

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, 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 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District capital levy, which will be on the November ballot.

Find out how the levy --which is not a tax increase -- is connected with The Cleveland Plan to ensure that every neighborhood in the city can provide families with high-quality school choices.

Click to watch.

Meet our new Investor members

Learn more about these companies that recently joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership by clicking the links below.

GCP members win Innovation Awards

Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership members who were honored with a 2014 NorTech Innovation Award that "celebrate some of Northeast Ohio's most cutting-edge innovators." The winners were announced September 23 as a kick-off of NorTech’s “Unconference” held at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Inventor of the Year

Mark Griswold, professor of radiology and director of MRI research at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, and his team have found that "Holy Grail" of medical imaging through the invention of Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF).

Most Innovative Use of a National Trend - U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

NASA Glenn partnered with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to launch the Adopt-a-City Project. The program helps small manufacturers in the region solve technical challenges to significantly increase revenue and job creation.

Most Innovative Use of a National Trend - U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

Due to new energy standards, traditional incandescent light bulbs can no longer be produced. As a result, GE Lighting found customer demand running higher than initial forecasts had predicted for its Energy-Efficient Soft White Bulb – the closet alternative to the incandescent bulb.

Most Innovative Use of a National Trend - Big Data

Explorys provides the healthcare industry a secure, cloud-based analytics platform that leverages big data for clinical integration, predictive analytics and business intelligence. Its platform enables the country's leading provider organizations to more effectively leverage their data to improve care quality, guarantee patient satisfaction and deliver value-based care.

Most Innovative Use of a National Trend - Talent Planning/Acquisition for Emerging Industries

Lorain County Community College
(LCCC) has taken an innovative approach to talent planning and acquisition for emerging industries in the Speed-to-Market Accelerator (STMA) program, which is focused on companies in Northeast Ohio's advanced energy and flexible electronics clusters.

Innovative Leader of the Year

Under the leadership of President and CEO Sharon Sobol Jordan, The Centers for Families and Children has implemented an electronic medical records system, created a centralized and comprehensive call center and database, opened four onsite pharmacies, and launched a campaign to bring more wide-scale awareness to the need for early childhood education.

NorTech is part of the regional economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.