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GCP urges immediate action to improve Lake Erie's water quality

This week’s segment of the “GCP Insight” video series examines actions needed to address water-quality challenges facing Lake Erie, arguably Cleveland’s greatest asset.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Vice President of Advocacy Nick Gattozzi discusses how the GCP is urging timely post-winter dredging of the lake by the Army Corps of Engineers.

He also comments on the need to find a long-term action to ensure that obstacles to freighter traffic on the Cuyahoga River and the lake are removed.

In Columbus, the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate have passed separate bills to address the lake’s water-quality issues. GCP Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington observes that efforts will now focus on determining components of the final bill that will be presented to the Governor for signature.

Click to watch the video.

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

GCP applauds Ohio House, Senate bills funding bridge
and road repairs

Last week the Ohio Senate passed its version of the transportation budget bill, HB 53. The $7 billion budget bill, already passed by the Ohio House, slightly increases funding for bridge and road repair in Ohio and includes the creation of the Joint Legislative Taskforce for Transportation Funding that will examine the statewide needs for public infrastructure and transit and potential sources of funding to meet the long-term need.

"The Greater Cleveland Partnership strongly believes in the importance of a robust and effective public transit system. It's essential to economic development and talent attraction in our region," says GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann. "We applaud leaders in the Ohio House and Senate for acknowledging this and taking important steps to move towards long-term funding sustainability.”

The GCP also was active in successfully pushing for the elimination of a provision in the Senate version of HB 53 regarding local residency hiring on construction projects. If passed, this language could have potentially hampered local efforts in Northeast Ohio where Community Benefit Agreements (CBA) are in place.

The GCP, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, was a key partner in developing the CBA for the City of Cleveland. CBAs create a more equitable and inclusive economy by ensuring an inclusive workforce, apprentice opportunities, minority contracting and local hiring.

A new volunteer opportunity to strengthen our local talent pipeline and help CMSD students build career awareness

Northeast Ohio employers in a variety of industry sectors say attracting and keeping top talent is a significant challenge. Nurturing and developing home-grown talent is one solution.

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, a new program—True2U—created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program My Com and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), will launch soon to provide eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is the lead business partner for True2U, an exploration and mentoring program that links community capital to students and schools. Its objective is to begin raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Step up, get involved.

We’re looking for business volunteers to get involved in this initiative, which launches in the Fall 2015-2016 semester. Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two (with one community or faith-based mentor) with small groups of students and support by a CMSD lead teacher.

Program components include:
  • Formal curriculum that embraces technology
  • In-school-mentor-led advisory model that meets once a month
  • Out-of-school student experiences focused on career, college and/or community service
  • Student success plans that create a blueprint for the future.
The curriculum includes Ohio Department of Development/OH Means Jobs online career exploration resources, the Naviance Succeed platform and Teens Can Make it Happen.

More information—including where you can sign up—will be available on the GCP website starting Wednesday, April 1. We’ll provide details in the March 30th issue of Every Monday.

Meanwhile, if you have questions about True2U or would like to learn more about GCP’s college and career readiness initiatives, please email Shana Marbury or call 216.592.2249.

GCP, Commission leadership present corporate inclusion strategies to Buffalo officials

Leadership and staff of Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable last week as part of the Roundtable’s benchmarking process. Members of the Racial Equity Roundtable have agreed to develop and lead implementation of a plan to advance racial equity in the Greater Buffalo region.

Commission and GCP Board members Eddie Taylor , president, Taylor Oswald, and Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank, were joined by Commission Board members Dan Walsh, CEO, CityMark Capital, and Natoya Walker Minor, City of Cleveland chief of public affairs. Commission Executive Director Brian Hall and Deputy Executive Director Deborah Bridwell also participated in panel discussions.

The Cleveland contingent shared details of how the Commission and the GCP support inclusion efforts in the corporate community.

About 60 Buffalo corporate, higher education, nonprofit and government leaders attended including Erie County (NY) Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

The event and creation of the Roundtable was led by Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Shown in photo (top left): Commission Advisory Board members Paul Clark, Natoya Walker Minor and Eddie Taylor (co-chair); photo right: Brian Hall and Deborah Bridwell, Commission staff, and Advisory Board member and Co-chair Dan Walsh.

Grants available for manufacturers’ incumbent worker training

Last week, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)'s Business Development Team partnered with Citizens Commercial Banking to roll out a new grants program to assist businesses with incumbent worker training.

In a forum headlined by Gardner Carrick of The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturing, speakers discussed the program and the importance of worker training for manufacturing companies.

The grants program, courtesy of a grant from Citizens Commercial Banking (Citizens), will support matching grants of up to $5,000 for incumbent worker training at manufacturing businesses.

Preference will be given to companies that attended the March 18 program, which also featured presentations by GCP, Citizens, Ferrous Metal Processing and the United Labor Agency, which holds the contract for Ohio Means Jobs/Cleveland-Cuyahoga County. Presenting organizations offer resources to companies to help them remain competitive and efficient.

Mr. Carrick noted the importance of the retiring workforce in manufacturing companies and the drivers of technology. The drivers include next-generation robotics, 3D printing, the internet of things and re-shoring through which many jobs previously outsourced overseas are returning to the United States. (One million manufacturing jobs have been added in the United States since 2010.)

The GCP and its business development partners will use the information gathered at the forum and through the grants process to advocate for additional resources for Northeast Ohio companies to assist them in workforce training, an issue raised repeatedly by companies in GCP's outreach visits.

For more information about the grants program, or about GCP's business development outreach, please contact Vince Adamus at 216.592.2258 or

For more information about Citizens Commercial Banking's services to businesses, please contact Joe DiRocco at 216.277.1700.

Click these links for more information on presenting organizations:

Forum participants in the above photo (left to right): Joe DiRocco, Citizens Commercial Banking; Deb Janik, Greater Cleveland Partnership; Chris Hinte, Ferrous Metal Processing Co.; Gardner Carrick, The Manufacturing Institute; Dave Megenhardt, ULA and Ohio Means Jobs/Cleveland-Cuyahoga County.

Week-long showcase celebrates Greater Cleveland’s booming tech industry

OHTec’s (formerly NEOSA) fifth annual Tech Week will showcase leading companies, products and guest speakers from Greater Cleveland’s booming tech industry.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend one or more of these events:

  • April 9:  Tech Week Kick-Off in Akron and Cleveland 
  • April 10-12:  International Space Apps Challenge: A "hackathon" to work on real NASA projects:  space flight, weather, hardware and more; pass it on to your development teams.
  • April 13:  Pitch Night and Mobile Monday:  Hear biz pitches from local tech companies, mingle with CIOs, IT execs, tech entrepreneurs or  connect with Cleveland’s mobile tech community.
  • April 16: Linking IT Talent to Opportunity: IT professionals, recent graduates and college students connect with leading Northeast Ohio companies to discuss career paths and job opportunities.
  • April 16:  OHTec Best of Tech Awards: Join the celebration of tech success, innovation and leadership:

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Middle-market webinar: Attract and recruit top talent

Middle market companies with top talent outperform their peers significantly and sustainably but most struggle in this area. Join the National Center for the Middle Market’s (NCMM) webinar on Wednesday, March 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. and learn what successful middle-market businesses are doing and how your company can transform into an employer that attracts top talent.

Webinar highlights include:
  • Review the NCMM’s findings from the 2015 middle market talent benchmark survey taken by over 1,000 executives
  • Learn how a unique employment brand and persuasive employment proposition can give middle markets the edge they need to secure top talent
  • Understand why attracting, training, and retaining top talent is a significant challenge for most middle market firms
  • Thomas A. Stewart, executive director, National Center for the Middle Market
  • Jennifer Boerst, chief operating officer, The Novo Group
  • Larry Inks, clinical associate professor of management & human resources, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • Terry Segerberg, CEO, Mesa Industries
Click to register.

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.