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Pushing back against proposed NASA Glenn budget cuts

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President Marty McGann talks about the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center’s significant economic impact—about $1.2B annually—on Greater Cleveland and why the organization is pushing back on the proposed $60MM cut in NASA Glenn’s budget. Click to watch.

McGann notes that Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Dave Joyce and others in the Ohio congressional delegation are working on this issue.

The GCP has been a leading advocate for the preservation and expansion of the Glenn Research Center, which, in addition to its economic impact, has attracted top talent to its workforce and continues to be a source of pride for our community citizens. We will continue to speak out on behalf of this important local asset.
  • Click to read The Plain Dealer editorial that calls for “Ohio's congressional delegation, local politicians, researchers and business people…to unite and move quickly to make the case for NASA Glenn.”
The ”GCP Insight” video series, hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner, focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

Cleveland 2016 Host Committee launches community engagement initiatives; GCP to roll out Member Challenge for volunteer recruitment

Cleveland 2016 Host Committee CEO David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland, updated the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting last week on the launch of community engagement initiatives to encourage residents to engage in, assist with, and prepare for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

One of the Committee’s responsibilities is recruiting volunteers. So far, about 3600 people have signed up, but there’s still a gap to close.

To help meet the goal of 8000 volunteers, GCP President Joe Roman said that the organization will reach out to the business community through a GCP Member Challenge initiative, which will launch in the next few weeks.

The Challenge will ask GCP member businesses of all sizes to recruit their employees to become volunteers who could work as a team one assignment that also could serve as a team-building opportunity. Watch for details next month in "Every Monday."

Meanwhile, individuals and groups can visit the Host Committee's website for more information. 

The Committee also has launched a Community Update e-newsletter. Click here to sign up and receive convention-related news and updates via the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee.

More nonstop service added at CLE

Last week, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) gained two new nonstop routes.

Southwest Airlines announced Dec. 8 that it will begin flying nonstop from CLE to St. Louis starting June 5, 2016. The flight departs CLE at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time arriving in St. Louis at 9:05 a.m. Central Time. The return flight leaves St. Louis at 7:50 p.m. Central Time and arrives at CLE at 10:25 p.m. Eastern Time.

American Airlines
will begin flying three times daily nonstop flights from CLE to Reagan National Airport (DCA) starting April 5, 2016. Service departs CLE at 6:25 a.m., 12:09 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. The return flights depart DCA at 10:15 a.m., 3:25 p.m. and 10:20 p.m.

You can book your travel now on both airlines.

Aligning education with workforce needs

Representatives from the Greater Cleveland business community, post-secondary educators, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) teachers and administrators met last week to discuss how to create better alignment between the workforce needs of Greater Cleveland and the academic offerings of career technical education in (CMSD) high schools.

About 60 volunteers joined the discussion at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership to explore how to move forward with the Academies of Cleveland (AoC), an initiative created and implemented by a partnership of the CMSD, the Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership and Ford Next Generation Learning. The goal is to provide high quality academic and career options to students from five CMSD high schools that will lead to higher graduation rates and expanded opportunities for entering the world of work.

The meeting included recommendations from the Futureworks' analysis of job supply and demand in Greater Cleveland, as well as discussion of career pathways currently offered in the five Cleveland high schools—Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center Center; Max S. Hayes; Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington Park Environmental Studies – the high schools that compose the AoC.

Beginning into January, a career pathway “Stop, Start, Sustain” workgroup will begin a deeper dive into the AoC pathways, to assess relevance to the in-demand jobs in our region. The workgroup will consider which pathways need to be stopped, which need to be sustained and what new pathways should be created. To help structure strong pathways that engage students and meet industry demand, workgroup participants will provide input on curriculum, relevant industry credentials, and projected talent pipeline needs. .

Business and post-secondary volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves and join us in this work. The input and recommendations of this action team and over a dozen others will drive the execution of the Master Plan framing the implementation of the AoC. We need your industry input as we continue the career pathway alignment conversation.

For more information, about getting involved with shaping the Academies of Cleveland, please contact Shana Marbury at or 216.592.2249 or Barry Doggett at or 440.523.4664.

Above photo: John Hoops discussed the recommendations from the Futureworks' analysis of job supply and demand in Greater Cleveland.

Middle-market perspectives: Use employee satisfaction surveys to gain useful feedback

When you're running a middle-market company, it's impossible to be aware of everything that's going on.

David Rodeck, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and writer who specializes in marketing, recruiting and business planning, suggests that company leadership should seek information by asking employees.

He blogs that one way to get their feedback is through regular employee satisfaction surveys and offers some guidelines for creating effective surveys.
  • Ask employees to rate how they feel about different parts of your company. This could include questions about responsibilities, supervisors, co-workers, compensation, training and the overall company culture.
  • Make the questions simple and straightforward so employees know exactly what you're asking.
  • Make the survey anonymous. If you don't, employees won't feel as comfortable sharing their true thoughts and opinions about work-related issues.
  • Keep it brief. You don't want employees to give up midway through it.
Click to read more including how to put results into action.

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.

Port of Cleveland of Cleveland Board of Trustees approves
2016 budget

The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors met last week to discuss a busy agenda, with the highlight being the approval of the Port’s 2016 budget. The new budget will maintain existing levels of revenue and spending, setting the stage for continued growth in cargo volume with steady expenses.

“2015 has been a great year for the Port of Cleveland,” said Port Board President Chris Ronayne, who is president of University Circle, Inc. “The Board of Directors is encouraged by the progress we have made to position ourselves as a global, green port on the Great Lakes. We look forward to even greater things in 2016 as we continue to strategically invest in maritime that benefits our regional economy.”

The Port will continue to make strategic capital investments in maritime operations in 2016, including a new warehouse, infrastructure maintenance and replacement of equipment. The Port secured $6.4 million in outside grants for these capital projects, while also investing $1.3 million of Port cash to leverage the grant dollars.

Cargo shipped through the Port has surged in 2015 as the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE), operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, provides the Northeast Ohio region direct maritime access to European markets; ships are calling in Cleveland at least twice monthly. Container volumes at the Port have increased by more than 400 percent compared to 2014, and overall tonnage is up by more than 300 percent.

“With the Board’s approval of the 2016 budget, we expect another year of dynamic growth for the Port of Cleveland,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman. “We saw continued increases in cargo through our docks in 2015 with the success of the Cleveland Europe Express, and we expect 2016 to continue the trend.”