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GCP Board meeting wrap-up: Five new members elected 

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO, KeyCorp, announced that five new members have been elected to the GCP Board at the Board's quarterly meeting last week.

Photo left to right: Jennifer Bell, Aon Risk Services; Michael Hilton, Nordson Corporation; David LaRue, Forest City Enterprises; Jeffrey Murphy, Dominion East Ohio; and Randall Myeroff, Cohen & Company.

She also thanked Jenniffer Deckard, Fairmount Santrol, and Walt Rosebrough, STERIS Corp., who recently left the Board, for their service and leadership.

2015 air service forecast: CLE to serve more passengers

The GCP’s Air Service Demand Task Force is continuing its work with the City of Cleveland and Hopkins Airport (CLE) to identify the top un-served domestic markets and carriers with capacity to serve those markets.

The 2015 CLE forecast indicates that although the number of flights will be down year-over-year, there will be an overall increase in seats and passengers due to flights added by new competitors and the use of larger aircraft.

In addition, lower CLE airfares are expected to attract more travelers who have been using Akron-Canton and Pittsburgh for low-cost fares.

Developing and supporting our future workforce

One of the four cornerstones of The Cleveland Plan to dramatically reform education in the City of Cleveland is “to Invest and phase in high-leverage system reforms across all schools from preschool to college and career.”

As part of the GCP’s continued involvement in supporting the implementation of the Plan, we’re working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to improve college and workforce readiness.

GCP is the lead business partner for the CMSD’s Tru2U career exploration/mentoring program for eight-graders to raise career awareness. The program includes a formal curriculum, in-school mentor-led advisory model, out-of-school experiences and student success plans.

Business volunteers are needed to mentor one day per month and host out-of-school experiences such as internships and job shadowing from Summer 2015 through Summer 2016.

In addition, Ford Next Generation Learning will be launched in five CMSD high schools in the 2015-2016 school year. Students will choose career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in their communities.

GCP calls for timely dredging of the Port and Cuyahoga River

Support for the Great Lakes is a federal priority for the Greater Cleveland Partnership and our members.

Last week, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman submitted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on the federal agency to timely dredge the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland.

Focusing on the confined disposal of material (as opposed to open lake disposal) and the need for a long-term disposal solution, Roman called on the Corps to work with local responsible parties to avoid the annual scramble to reach a dredging and disposal agreement.

Working with member company Arcelor Mittal, whose operation requires the dredging of the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland, and other businesses that rely on the river and the lake for commerce, the GCP continues to be an advocate locally, regionally and nationally on Great Lakes issues.

We will remain engaged on this issue and we look forward to a successful resolution in the coming weeks.

Click to read the letter.

Operating grant approved for Opportunity Corridor Project office

The Fund for Our Economic Future last week approved a one-year operating grant of up to $50,000 for the Opportunity Corridor Project Office, which is housed at the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Established in June 2014, with funding support from local foundations, the Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee and the GCP, the Partnership is led by Executive Director Marie Kittredge, a longtime neighborhood advocate in Cleveland’s Broadway Slavic Village community.

By collaborating with more than 70 active and engaged residents, businesses, institutions and agencies, the Partnership is working to assure that the intended transformational economic and community development results are achieved, particularly for the adjacent neighborhoods of the Corridor, a planned $331 million, 3.5-mile roadway to connect the end of Interstate 490 to University Circle.

The Fund also approved a six-month grant of up to $150,000 to support the development of a job center strategy to create accessible jobs in growing sectors of the economy that make good use of the available land surrounding the Corridor.

Develop core competencies in talent management and customer focus

According to the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) quarterly Middle-Market Indicator report, a survey of 1000 C-suite executives, talent and customer-focus related issues continue to top the list of significant challenges.

Middle-market executives and senior managers have the opportunity to develop core capabilities to address these challenges at a three-day Executive Education Program April 20-22 focused on customized content that combines the educational rigor of academic coursework with practical insights.

Attendees can expect to experience several benefits:
  • World class executive education
  • Practical takeaways and best practices
  • Networking and discussion-based learning
  • Expert consulting on key business challenges
The session will be held at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Pfahl Hall Conference Center in Columbus. The cost is $1,500 per person.

Free accommodations for GCP members!

Attendees stay at The Blackwell Inn, a four-star hotel connected to the Pfahl Hall Conference Center. Rates are approximately $140 per night. The NCMM will cover hotel accommodations for GCP members.

Click for details. Go here to register.

For more information, e-mail Christa Rubbelke or call 614.292.7770.

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 GCP's Middle-Market Initiative.

“Pass the Plus:” Good news from around the region

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

The March issue includes a look at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Health Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation and an MC2STEM High School student shares her experience from spending a school year at the Nela Park campus of GE Lighting.
"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.