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Our 2015 federal advocacy hot issues: Immigration, tax reform and the ACA

The “GCP Insight” video series kicks off the year with a preview of Congressional legislative issues that impact Greater Cleveland Partnership priorities.

GCP Vice President of Advocacy Nick Gattozzi talks with “Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, about some of policies and legislation we’ll be tracking over the coming weeks and months of importance to GCP members and the Northeast Ohio business community. They include:
  • Immigration reform
  • Federal tax reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)/healthcare reform
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GCP eager to work with new county exec to advance economic development priorities

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is looking forward to working with Armond Budish, the new Cuyahoga County executive, to accelerate economic development in our community.

“GCP is eager and proud to assist Executive Budish on this initiative,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Executive Budish understands what it takes to build a strong business community and to create jobs.

“I look forward to growing our partnership with Cuyahoga County and, more importantly, helping them grow our existing companies, support the creation of new businesses, and attract even more jobs to our region.”

GCP will help coordinate the 100 meetings with business leaders that Budish is scheduling during his first 100 days in office. Most of the meetings will be organized in small group fashion and many other business organizations in the county will provide input to suggest individuals to be part of those meetings.

In addition, Budish was a guest speaker at last month’s GCP Board meeting. The discussion included several of the new administration’s priorities that align with those of GCP and the business community. In addition to business retention and expansion, they include continuing progress to achieve public education reform, investment in infrastructure, and delivering a successful 2016 Republican National Convention.

Crain’s highlights funding increase that could play to NASA Glenn’s strengths

Crain’s Cleveland Business recent story on increased funding for NASA highlighted the 2014 year-end win that could mean more dollars for the NASA Glenn Research Center.

This good news was featured a “GCP Insight” video in the Dec. 22 issue of Every Monday. Click to watch.

For most of the last two decades, the Greater Cleveland Partnership has led the effort to maintain and build upon the viability of NASA in this region. Our advocacy work has been essential to building support of federal lawmakers from around the state.

The Crain’s story notes that “NASA Glenn Research Center received an outpouring of support from Ohio's Congressional delegation as the federal government was setting NASA's 2015 budget.

“For the most part, they got what they wanted: A budget that plays to NASA Glenn's strengths, giving the center a good chance to compete for funding. “After a few years of cost-cutting, the federal government increased NASA's budget for the current fiscal year.

“And our local NASA center just so happens to specialize in a few areas that are slated to get more funding. In some cases, it's a lot more.

“If a big chunk of that money does trickle down to NASA Glenn, it could help protect the center at a time when the broader federal agency is looking to jettison resources it doesn't need.”

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A new  GCP member discount: Save on what you need to do business

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to offer a new member benefit through Office Depot that can help you save significantly on office items and services that your company frequently purchases.

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, members get deep discounts on copy and print services - 2.5 cent black & white, 24 cent color copies and 40 percent off finishing services every day!

Interested in learning more?

Please contact your Office Depot account representative Molly Berna at 440.821.0795 or

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.

Commission offers new resources to increase member value

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is offering its members a new resource to support their goal of hiring diverse candidates.

The Commission has launched a LinkedIn group page where its members can post open positions for two weeks and encourage minority individuals to apply. NOTE: Applicants will communicate directly with the hiring company. The Commission will have no influence on any hiring decisions.

Click here to join the group.

The Commission also has created an online best practices repository that will be available to its members later this month. Each member organization will receive a password that will provide access to best-practice information on leadership and workforce diversity, metrics and measurement and strategy essentials.

Learn more about the benefits of Commission membership

To learn how Commission membership can benefit your company or organization, please e-mail Deborah Bridwell, the Commission’s deputy executive director, or call 216.592.2345.

Pass the Plus: Entrepreneurs are thriving in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio is proving to be among the top entrepreneurial regions in the U.S.

This month’s issue of the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter looks at some of the Cleveland Plus region’s entrepreneurs who are developing groundbreaking technologies and the assistance programs and organizations that offer funding to support the entrepreneurial spirit.

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"Pass the Plus” is a free monthly publication of the Regional Marketing Alliance, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cleveland Plus campaign. The Alliance is part of the regional economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

Click to subscribe to “Pass the Plus.”