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Next steps in the proposed Cleveland-East Cleveland merger

In this week’s special segment of the “GCP Insight” video series: Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley about the proposed merger between the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland.

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and learn more about the process and next steps.

GCP congratulates Ford on Northeast Ohio truck assembly plant production

The Greater Cleveland Partnership congratulates GCP member Ford Motor Company on its roll-off event held August 12 to celebrate the first F-650/F-750 medium-duty truck assembled at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake.

Announced in March 2014, the new assembly line saved 1,000 jobs at the plant. The trucks were previously assembled in Mexico, but Ford brought the assembly to Northeast Ohio after a $168 million investment.

The roll-off ceremony was attended by Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas; Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor; Senator Rob Portman; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; and Tim Rowe, UAW chairman, Ohio Assembly Plant.

The assembled guests, including GCP representatives, showcased the wide range of pubic- and private-sector cooperation that was generated to achieve this investment, a strong endorsement of Northeast Ohio's business and labor climate.

For information on how the GCP can help your business expansion or retention project, please contact our award-winning Business Development Team at 216.592.2208 or

Arts and culture levy funds support outreach to children

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is backing passage of the November 3rd ballot issue calling for the 10-year renewal of the current 1.5 cents tax per cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County to support arts and cultural organizations.

The tax generates more than $15 million annually. Since its inception in 2006, tax proceeds have been used to invest over $125 million in 300 arts and cultural organizations in more than 2,500 locations.

Every year these organizations provide over 1.4 million educational experiences to area children and roughly half of the programs and events these organizations offer are free to the public.

Commenting on the GCP’s endorsement of the levy, President and CEO Joe Roman noted that: “The revenues generated by this cigarette tax have a deep and positive reach throughout Cuyahoga County.”

“Some of these funds are used to place a welcome and special emphasis upon exposing the county’s children to arts and culture. Revenues have been used to help pay for thousands of classes, workshops and field trips for our children as well as hundreds of internships and apprenticeships.”

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GCP president elected chairman of international chamber group

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman has been elected chairman of the international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The group serves 7,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce.

Roman, who will continue to lead the GCP, said he is honored to serve as ACCE chairman.

He said the new position will allow him to learn about municipal issues from other chamber executives and will also give him a substantial platform from which to share the story of Cleveland’s multi-billion dollar revitalization.

“Chambers of Commerce are just like businesses or any other organization in the sense that they must evolve to maximize their effectiveness,” Roman said. “I’m going to learn a lot from my chamber colleagues at ACCE and I look forward to the opportunity to share what we have done to help move Cleveland forward.

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GCP staffer wins lifetime sales achievement award

Congratulations to GCP Investor Development Manager Steve Baucher who received an ACCE lifetime sales achievement award for “lifetime achievement in chamber membership sales.”

Baucher received a platinum award that recognizes 1,250 in transactions or $750,000 in sales. The award was presented at the 2015 ACCE convention last week in Montreal.

Minority business center receives national honor

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center–Cleveland received the 2015 Century Club Award during the MBDA 2015 National Training Conference awards luncheon held in New Orleans

This annual award is presented to MBDA Business Centers with an annual performance exceeding 100 percent of required goals set by U.S. Department of Commerce/MBDA.

The MBDA Business Center-Cleveland is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Established in 2011, the Center has delivered results that include: $87M in contracts and procurement, $20M in financial transactions, 508 jobs created, and 270 clients served throughout Ohio.

Save on what you need to do business

Greater Cleveland Partnership members can get deep discounts on office items and services that they frequently purchase through Office Depot.

Here's how it works:
  • Save up to 45 percent on 500+ items including exclusive discounts on national brand ink and toner.
  • Save up to 10 percent off just about everything Office Depot stocks in stores and the Business Solutions Division annual catalog
  • Plus, GCP members get deep discounts on copy and print services - 2.5 cents black & white, 24 cents color copies and 40 percent off finishing services every day!
Interested in learning more?

Contact your Office Depot account representative: Account Representative Molly Berna at 440.821.0795 or


Major Account Manager Michelle Vedova at 216.832.6088 or (existing accounts only).

How your company can identify, connect with engineering talent

Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Washkewicz College of Engineering is again partnering with Northeast Ohio companies for its Senior Design program that connects teams of senior engineering students work with sponsoring companies to develop solutions for real-world problems.

The cost of sponsorship is $5,000 per team per academic year (August-May), and your sponsorship is considered a philanthropic gift to the CSU Foundation. Three-thousand dollars of your sponsorship fee will be used to cover material costs for the students’ project design and prototype, while the remainder will cover travel and other administrative costs associated with the program.

Upon confirming your sponsorship, companies will assign a project manager to serve as the contact person who works directly with your student team(s). The team can be viewed as an outside “consultant” working on your defined project, while the project manager would oversees the team’s work to ensure it is meeting company needs.

Last year, about half (23) of the 47 Senior Design projects were sponsored by industry. This year, it is expected that 70 Senior Design projects are available for sponsorship. This is a win-win proposition through which companies receive a tangible benefit of solutions to problems, as well as being able to evaluate potential employee hires over a nine-month period. The students benefit by working on real-world projects in a business environment.

For more information, please email Danielle Vath, coordinator, Cooperative Education Program, or call 216. 687.6970.

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Port of Cleveland has another strong month,
continuing banner year

Numbers are in for the month of July, and the Port of Cleveland’s 2015 shipping season continues to deliver strong results.

Riding the momentum of its surging Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service, general cargo tonnage shipped through the Port is up over 30 percent compared to this time in 2014. The CEE provides midwestern businesses a direct, nonstop maritime link to European markets, avoiding costs and delays associated with congested East Coast ports.

The growth in the Port’s shipping numbers is a result of sharp increases in containerized cargo and break bulk cargo shipped through the CEE and additional increases in steel and pipe. Break bulk tonnage alone is up over 28 percent vs. 2014.

For example, General Motors has moved multiple oversize pieces of manufacturing machinery between Germany and Lordstown, Ohio using the CEE.

“2015 continues to be a banner year for the Port of Cleveland,” said Will Friedman, Port president and CEO. “The Cleveland Europe Express continues to connect Great Lakes businesses to the global economy, and our other maritime business lines have also seen significant bumps.

“We’re very pleased, not only with the numbers, but with the results we’re delivering for the regional economy.”

Export business through the CEE continues to make inroads with domestic companies. In July alone, Midwest companies exported goods via through the Port of Cleveland to Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Look for continued updates on the Port’s maritime numbers each month in the GCP's Every Monday e-newsletter.

Those interested in finding out more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services should contact Dave Gutheil, vice president of maritime & logistics at or 216.377.1363.

Volunteers wanted: Sign up now for 2016 RNC

Join the team that will be working to ensure that our city is best represented during the convention and that the 2016 RNC is the most successful convention to date.

You can do it by signing up for volunteer opportunities that will include airport, hotel and transportation greeters, street ambassadors, and hospitality. Other opportunities included 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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Cleveland healthcare start-ups tops in Midwest venture capital investment

The $104 million in venture capital raised by 19 Cleveland health-care start-ups during the first half of 2015 is the highest investment in the 13 Midwest regions whose results are part of BioEnterprise's new Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report.

The report includes investment capital raised by Minneapolis and Chicago healthcare start-ups.

Cleveland companies’ success put Ohio at the top of the list of 11 states that are part of the report with $158.6 million raised. Minnesota had the second highest total of $100.5 million.

“Midwest healthcare companies continue to attract investment at historic levels,” said BioEnterprise President and CEO Aram Nerpouni in the press release. “Following an exceptional 2014, the first six months of 2015 are on par with 2012 as the second best start in the past 10 years.”

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

Middle-market perspectives: Managing communication when facing litigation

If your middle-market company is involved in litigation, you will, of course, have a strategy, led by your legal advisers.

Chuck Leddy, a freelance reporter and a National Center for the Middle Market contributor, writes that a middle-market business also must have “good litigation communication,” which partly is centered on internal communication.

“Successful internal communication is proactive rather than reactive,” he says. “To protect your reputation, get out in front of lawsuits; don't be put on the defensive.

“A well-thought-out communication plan means your people won't get caught by surprise, or fumble the ball, as they try to think on their feet when answering lawsuit-related questions from suppliers or customers., to collect all data relevant to the particular litigation.”

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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.

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 the Connor Palace 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.