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Protecting commerce on Cleveland's waterfront

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sat down with Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann to talk about two topics of interest to the organization and its members:
  • Addressing issues raised by the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to dredge the Cuyahoga River and deposit the materials in Lake Erie; and

  • Addressing blighted properties in the City of Cleveland that threaten neighborhood stability, safety and investment.
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Port of Cleveland tonnage continues to rise

The Port of Cleveland’s shipping season is off to another strong start, with total tonnage for 2015 expected to reach highs not seen in decades.

The rise in business is tied to the Port’s development last year of its direct-to-Europe liner service, the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE). The CEE connects the Midwest directly to Europe via Antwerp, Belgium—helping companies avoid the costly delays and additional fuel costs of using east and gulf coast ports. (See the Wall Street Journal’s recent article on port congestion for more on this issue).

The Port expects to handle nearly double the amount of cargo that came through its docks in 2010, with a figure in excess of 4 million tons expected through its docks this year. As local companies such as River Recycling and Federal Metals and larger international firms including Siemens, Komatsu, and Lincoln Electric continue to adopt the service, the Port and its partner, the Spliethoff Group, have doubled the frequency of ships traveling between Cleveland and Antwerp this year.

Following heavy break bulk cargo last season, early returns this year have shown that trend continue, but with increasing use by shippers using standardized containers.

“With last year serving as a proof point, companies and shippers know that the Cleveland – Europe Express is fast, reliable, and a great value,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman. “We’re really starting to see market acceptance and excitement for the service.”

Deadline extended for CMSD Board applications

The deadline has been extended to submit an application to be considered for appointment to the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) School Board. The new deadline is Friday, May 22, 2015.

Anyone who is a resident of the CMSD, which includes Cleveland, Bratenahl, Linndale, and Newburgh Heights and portions of Brook Park and Garfield Heights, can be appointed to the CMSD Board.

Interested parties may mail their applications to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, Attention: Monyka Price, or drop off applications at City Hall, Room 227.