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“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd to keynote
GCP Annual Meeting

We're pleased to announce that Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press,” will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, June 17 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Prior to taking the helm of “Meet the Press” in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent (2008-2014) as well as host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” (2010-2014) Todd has held the role of Political Director since March 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis across every platform.

He is also the editor of "First Read," NBC’s must-read guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, D.C.

In addition to our speaker, the program will include:

  • An overview of GCP’s impact from the past year
  • A  discussion of our priorities for 2015 and beyond
  • Special presentation: Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in Class Awards (See below for more information.)

To secure prime seating for your company, register today by purchasing a corporate table of 10.

The purchase of a $2500 premium table includes admission for one person from your company to a pre-event VIP reception with Mr. Todd.

More about our speaker

Todd is a self-described political junkie who has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. Upon his appointment to “Meet the Press,” influencers and competitors praised him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.”

In January of 2012, GQ named Todd "The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington," part of the magazine's "50 Most Powerful People in Washington" list. In May of 2012, Todd won the "Jeopardy!" Power Players match.

Click to read more.

About “Meet the Press”

“Meet the Press” is where newsmakers come to make news—setting the political agenda, and spotlighting the impact Washington decision-making has on people across the country.

“Meet the Press” reaches more than 3 million people every Sunday through its broadcasts and millions more through, the #TweetThePress interview series, Flipboard, and social media platforms.  Chuck Todd is the moderator of "Meet the Press" and John Reiss is the acting executive producer.

Launch of JetBlue service to Boston adds more options
for CLE business travelers

Efforts by GCP, partners land highly desired carrier

Last week’s JetBlue Airways’ launch of twice-daily service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Boston Logan International Airport is the culmination of months of work by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Air Service Demand Task Force (ASDTF) in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and CLE officials.

"This clearly was the carrier that we wanted here the most, after the dehubbing of United," said former GCP Board member Lee Thomas, who chairs the ASDTF. "It was really important to us to get them here."

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman noted that the organization worked closely with CLE to attract JetBlue service to Hopkins. “The Greater Cleveland business community has indicated that the CLE-BOS route is an important one to companies in the region,” he said. “Plus, Hopkins travelers can now enjoy the benefit of JetBlue’s best-in-class customer service and a modern fleet of equipment with outstanding in-flight amenities.”

“We’re hoping the network will continue to expand its operations at CLE,” he added.

JetBlue also launched daily service last week between CLE and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

“We see a bright future with great operations in Cleveland,” said Dave Clark, JetBlue vice president, network planning, in the airline’s press release. “We originally announced one route—Boston to Cleveland—but immediately noticed demand was so strong for JetBlue by Northeast Ohio travelers that we shortly after decided to add a Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland flight.

“Clevelanders will now have nonstop access to two of America’s most exciting cities but can also easily travel beyond to the Caribbean via Fort Lauderdale or to destinations around the globe with partners like Emirates through Boston.”

  • JetBlue’s schedule between Boston and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015 is:

BOS-CLE: 6:45 a.m. – 8:47 a.m.; 4:15 p.m. – 6:22 p.m.
CLE-BOS: 9:29 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; 6:58 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

  • JetBlue’s schedule between Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015 is:

FLL-CLE: 8 a.m. – 10:49 a.m.; CLE-FLL 11:30 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.

Best-in-Class strong contenders: Supplier Diversity

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, June 17, at the Cleveland Convention Center, includes presentation of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Best-in-Class winners.

Commission members who completed the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™ are eligible for consideration. In addition to survey responses, information also is gathered through follow-up interviews by Commission staff. Three honorees—nonprofit/government; large corporation and middle-market—will be chosen in four categories: Board Diversity, Senior Management Diversity, Workforce Diversity and Supplier Diversity.

Here are the strong contenders for the Supplier Diversity award:

Join us on June 17th and find out who wins! Click to purchase a corporate table to secure prime seating for your company.

The Best-in-Class Awards are sponsored by:

GCP Insight: Growing the talent pipeline

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Shana Marbury, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of strategic initiatives and research, discusses GCP’s revitalized workforce development initiative, “Pathway Partners,” which is focused on college and career readiness programs in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

In her conversation with "Insight" host, Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, she notes that GCP members have identified talent as one of the major challenges in terms of growing their companies.

In response, the GCP is gearing up to provide a foundational link with high school and college students to help Greater Cleveland employers grow their talent pipeline.

Click here or on the image to watch and learn more about the initiative’s three components and how you can get involved:
  • True2U through which volunteers from the business, nonprofit and civic communities will work with CMSD eight-graders to expose them to career pathways;
  • GCP Internship Central: GCP will serve as an intern clearinghouse on internships and other out of school experiences as well as provide best practices for employers, opportunities for students and more;
  • Next Generation Learning: Working with the Ford Foundation to develop career academy framework, Cleveland is planning to implement this in five high schools in the fall; input to curriculum and provide experiences.
Your participation is needed!

The three initiatives are at various stages of implementation. True2U is currently seeking volunteers. Click to learn more and sign up.

Ohio middle-market companies poised to invest in 2015

Middle-market companies in Ohio are sending a strong message that they are poised to invest capital to add jobs, equipment, make acquisitions or train employees based on their responses to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 1Q 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) Report.

In fact, the MMI has found this trend to be stronger in Ohio than nationwide with 72 percent of Ohio middle-market respondents saying they are ready to invest compared to 67 percent nationally.

In addition, Ohio respondents have stronger confidence in both the national and local economies than their counterparts nationwide. The MMI found 94 percent of Ohio respondents with confidence in both economies compared to the U.S. middle market confidence responses of 79 percent (national) and 83 percent (local).

Click to view or download the Ohio MMI findings.

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.

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies and organizations that recently joined the ranks of Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors. Click the links below to learn more about them.

GCP weighs in on patent reform

As Congress considers reforms to the patent system, the Greater Cleveland Partnership weighed in on this issue.

The organization has submitted a letter in response to HR 9 – Innovation Act, which seeks to curb the growing trend of companies and individuals, known as ‘patent trolls’, who buy patents from innovators solely for the purpose of suing entrepreneurs, emerging companies, manufacturers and end users of a product claiming patent infringement.

The GCP’s letter, which acknowledges the need to reform the patent system, calls on Congress “…to strike a balance between eliminating frivolous lawsuits from patent trolls while also providing promising young companies with the tools needed to defend their legitimate patent rights.”

Of concern in this bill is the ‘fee shifting’ provision, which could have the unintended consequence of hurting emerging companies defending their patents. The House bill is currently proceeding through the hearing process in the House

In the Senate, legislative negotiations between members concluded with the introduction of the PATENT Act, which was released late last week. This legislation is viewed as finding a middle ground on the issues of fee shifting. Hearings on the bill will begin this week.

The GCP will continue to follow both bills as they move through the legislative process.

Click to read the letter.