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Kasich signs S.B.1 to protect Lake Erie and Ohio’s water quality

Governor Kasich has signed SB 1 into law—a bill that aims to restrict agricultural practices known to contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms.

Specially, the law sets limits for fertilizer application in Lake Erie’s western basin, increases phosphorus monitoring at wastewater treatment facilities, and restricts open lake disposal of dredge material. The Greater Cleveland Partnership closely monitored the development of this legislation and supports the final version passed by the General Assembly.

“We are pleased that the Governor has signed this important legislation into law, said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy. “Enhancing the civic and economic benefit of our Great Lakes is essential to our prosperity as a region. SB 1 will be an important tool to accomplishing this.”

The GCP also continues to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure timely post-winter dredging of the Cuyahoga River and that the dredged material is not dumped into Lake Erie. With key businesses along the river that rely on it to transport goods, a delay will have a negative impact on economic activity.

The GCP will continue to work closely with key partners, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a viable solution.

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 learn more about them.

Connecting diversity and inclusion to achieve business strategies

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s first Chief Executives Commission-Member Leadership Day, held March 31 at Corporate College East drew more than 175 CEOs and senior executives from over 65 Commission member organizations.

Speakers shared best practices with Commission members’ senior leadership to facilitate goal setting that capitalizes on the business value of diversity and inclusion.

The session kicked off with a dialogue between leaders of two Commission Hall of Fame organizations, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Executive Committee and Board members Eaton Chairman and CEO Alexander “Sandy” Cutler and Thomas Zenty III, chief executive officer of University Hospitals. The discussion focused on the keys to their organizations’ successful and impactful diversity and inclusion strategies.

This segment was followed by two panels featuring participants from Commission-member organizations that have received regional and/or national awards for achievement in diversity and inclusion:
Following the panels, C-suite executives began working to develop a diversity & inclusion action plan for their organizations including a specific focus area to identify business rationale, next steps and how the Commission can assist.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Above photo left to right: Eaton Chairman and CEO Sandy Cutler, University Hospitals CEO Tom Zenty, and Commission on Economic Inclusion Executive Director Brian Hall.

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Economic impact huge as Cleveland hosts Rock Hall inductions

More than 100 Greater Cleveland Partnership members from middle-market companies heard an insider’s view of preparations to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2015 Induction Ceremony here in Cleveland later this month.

Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris and Alec Wightman, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Rock and Roll, Inc., which operates the Rock Hall, spoke at the GCP’s “Ready to Rock” middle-market forum held this morning.

They noted that this year’s induction class and presenters are packing a lot of star power. The Induction Ceremony concert is going to be a “show to end all shows,” Wightman said. They also discussed the economic impact for Cleveland that comes with hosting the event and related activities—which figures to be more than $15 million. In addition, it’s estimated that the media exposure can be valued at $50 million.

In addition to the April 18th ceremony at Public Hall, Cleveland Rock Week (April 11-18) will feature concerts at several venues around the city including a free day at the Rock Hall on April 11 to kick off the celebration.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Rock Hall:
  • Attracts about 450,000 visitors annually

  • Recently welcomed its 10 millionth visitor

  • Contributes $100M every year into the Cleveland economy
Click for more information about Rock Week and the Induction Ceremony.

Above photo left to right: Rob Recker, GCP senior vice president, marketing, communications and membership development; Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris; and Alec Wightman, chairman, Board of Trustees, Clevelland Rock and Roll Inc.

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A special invitation for GCP members: Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow

We’re pleased to extend a VIP invitation to Greater Cleveland Partnership members for the next Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow program featuring Jack and Suzy Welch at 5 p.m., Monday, April 27 at the InterContinental Hotel’s Bank of America Conference Center.

Jack Welch is executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute, an online MBA school with more than 1,000 students. Previously, for 20 years, he was chairman and CEO of General Electric Company, which was named the world’s most valuable corporation and was consistently voted the most admired company in the world by Fortune magazine.

Welch is active in private equity and consulting, working with dozens of businesses in a wide variety of industries. Along with speaking to upwards of a million people around the world, CNBC named Jack Welch one of the Top 10 “Rebels, Icons and Leaders” of the past 25 years.

Suzy Welch is a best-selling author, television commentator, and noted business journalist. The former editor of Harvard Business Review, she attended Harvard University and Harvard Business School. Her professional experience includes several years at Bain & Company, the management consulting firm, and time as a work-life columnist for ‘O: The Oprah Magazine.’

Mrs. Welch is on the advisory board of the Jack Welch Management Institute and serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations. She is the author of the best-selling book, “10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea.”

Your VIP reservation includes reserved parking, special check-in and the opportunity to attend the VIP reception immediately after the program. To RSVP, please email us at or call 216.592.2370.