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Learn more about why we’re opposing marijuana legalization
in Ohio

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses why the organization is opposing the ResponsibleOhio effort to legalize marijuana use in the State of Ohio.

He explains that, following a lengthy review, the GCP concluded the ResponsibleOhio proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses.

GCP members' concerns include difficulty in recruiting drug-free employees, implications for workplace safety, impact on workforce productivity, quality and costs, and the resulting effect on employer liability.

Click to watch.

Click to read our press release with more information about this decision.

The “GCP Insight” video series is hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.

Conference focuses on aligning inclusion with business
and talent outcomes



The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, hosted its seventh annual conference on August 5 at Corporate College East.

More than 200 diversity and HR professionals, attended the program, “Aligning Inclusion with Business and Talent Outcomes,” featuring three national experts in workplace diversity and inclusion (above photo left to right):

Keynote: Sandy Harris, vice president, corporate diversity strategy & internal operations, Sodexo; featured speaker: Ralph Moore, president, Ralph G. Moore & Associates; and featured speaker: Janet B. Reid, Ph.D., CEO, BRBS World, LLC and managing partner, Lemand Kyver Consulting.

Following the keynote, attendees selected two tracks for in-depth discussions: “Enhancing Your Talent Pipeline: Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention,” led by Dr. Reid and “Building a World Class Supplier Diversity Process,” led by Mr. Moore.

Breakout sessions in the afternoon focused on best practices in workplace diversity led by representatives from the Commission’s recently named Best-in-Class winners and Hall of Fame inductees and a discussion led by Brian Hall, the Commission’s executive director on how employers can maximize data provided by the Commission’s annual diversity survey.

How to support arts and culture in our community

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging voters to vote “yes” on the November ballot issue calling for the renewal of an existing cigarette tax in Cuyahoga County that generates support for arts and culture.

The renewal levy supports the 10-year continuation of the 30-cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes, which, over the past nine years, has provided about $125 million for 300 Greater Cleveland arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. This tax of just penny-and-a-half per cigarette has been a crucial part of driving Cleveland’s economic vitality.

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“Pass the Plus:” Good news from the region

Keep up with the positive news from around the Cleveland Plus region by reading the “Pass the Plus” monthly e-newsletter.

In this month’s issue, learn about progress on developing the North Coast Harbor lakefront, plans by GCP member Oatey Company to build a new 43,500 square-foot headquarters, and the potential for water to fuel economic growth in the Cleveland Plus region.

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"Pass the Plus" is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

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2016 RNC: Sign up to volunteer

You can be part of the team that helps ensure that our city is best represented during the convention and that the 2016 RNC has its most successful convention to date.

Sign up now for volunteer opportunities that will include airport greeters, hotel greeters, transportation greeters, street ambassadors, and hospitality. Volunteers also will be needed for clerical, office, and special project support in the months preceding the convention.

While specific details of these opportunities are still being developed, you can visit the volunteer opportunity website and sign up by clicking the "SIGN UP NOW" button.

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NOACA Commuter Choice Awards application deadline extended

The deadline for Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) Commuter Choice Awards has been extended to Friday, August 14.

These awards will honor employers who support environmentally friendly transportation choices. Eligible organizations are those with facilities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain or Medina counties.

If your employer practices and promotes environmentally friendly commute options such as transit, carpooling, bicycling and walking, or offers telecommuting options and flexible work weeks, you’re invited to apply for these awards.

Learn more.

Apply by taking this survey.

Port of Cleveland partnership boosts benefits for customers

Last year, Dutch shipping magnate Spliethoff Group and the Port of Cleveland agreed to double the number of trips the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) would make between Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium in 2015. This year, the CEE, operated by Spliethoff and offering the only regular direct shipping service to Europe, has been making twice monthly calls at the Port of Cleveland.

That has proven a smart bet for both parties, with the tonnage of cargo and number of shipping containers rising along with the number of vessel calls.

“The increase this year has really proven the CEE model,” said Bart Peters, director of Spliethoff’s Atlantic Department. “Our internal analysis and the Port’s third-party study all predicated that the liner would provide something missing in the market, and now the market is backing up those predictions.”

With coastal ports experiencing exponential growth and thus congestion and delays for customers, the Port of Cleveland, Spliethoff, and the CEE are able to offer significant benefits to those looking to link the Great Lakes to global markets.

“Our partnership with the Port creates benefits for customers in speed, reliability, and overall customer service,” said Peters. “The market has been strong, and the liner has docked up to four ships a month, compared to only one a month in 2014.”

As it approaches its centennial in 2021, Spliethoff sees nothing but growth in store for the CEE and its partnership with the Port.

Said Peters: “The CEE has exceeded expectations so far, and we’re committed to continuing to market the service and grow the partnership with the Port of Cleveland.”

Photo above right: The Florijngracht is part of the Spliethoff Group’s fleet and one of the ships used for the Cleveland-Europe Express.

High-powered business summit coming to CLE; GCP members get special discount

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Fuel Leadership LLC are pleased to announce a 20 percent discount for GCP members who register for the “12 Rock Stars of the Business World,” business summit on Wednesday, September 30 at Connor Palace, 1615 Euclid Avenue in PlayhouseSquare.

You’ll leave this one-day high-octane summit pumped with actionable ideas, strategies and tactics from foremost experts in business leadership that will help you:
  • Expand leadership skills
  • Catalyze innovation with new ideas
  • Forge new networking opportunities
  • Improve company performance
  • Entrench client relationships
  • Reward and enhance your top employees
Who should attend?
  • CEOs, CFOs, COO’s, CMOs, CIOs, VPs, Directors and other senior leaders
  • High-potential leaders on the raceway to increased responsibility
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Community leaders and those looking to drive innovation and change
Seating is limited, so check out the schedule and register now.

The best discount is only available through GCP. To receive 20 percent off, be sure to enter the code GCP when registering.