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GCP Board news: Two new members appointed

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors approved the appointment of two new Board members at its quarterly meeting last week: Charles E. (Chuck) Jones, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, and Rear Admiral June Ryan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Mr. Jones also will serve on the GCP Executive Committee.

Mr. Jones began his career with Ohio Edison as a substation engineer in 1978. He was named senior vice president of Energy Delivery and Customer Service in 2009, senior vice president and president of FirstEnergy Utilities in 2010, executive vice president and president of FirstEnergy Utilities in 2014, and to his current position on January 1, 2015.

Rear Admiral Ryan assumed duty as the Ninth Coast Guard District Commander in June 2015. She is the senior Coast Guard Commander for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, an area that encompasses eight states, a 1,500 mile international border, and a workforce of over 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women.

GCP Board Chair named most powerful woman in banking

Also, last week, Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, was named American Banker's Most Powerful Woman in Banking for the third straight year.

The announcement says that she has been recognized “for reasons beyond her commitment to diversity.

“She is one of just two female CEOs at a large U.S. banking company and, on her watch, Key has emerged as one of the industry's best-performing regionals. Mooney also has significant influence inside the banking industry and in the broader business community.”

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Other updates: Accelerating advocacy efforts for NASA Glenn; breaking ground on lakefront development

In an update at the Board meeting, GCP Board member James Free, director of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, said the Center, is well-connected to NASA’s programs and projects and not on the verge of closing. However, a long-term funding strategy is needed.

With the GCP as the leading advocate for the preservation and expansion of the Glenn Research Center, GCP President Joe Roman said it is time to switch from defense to offense.

He said GRC’s needs are important enough to convene a special task force to develop funding strategies. It will be comprised of Board members with the possibility of including non-Board representatives.

New projects on the North Coast

Richard Pace, president of Cumberland Development, discussed progress on the North Coast lakefront development project, a joint venture between his firm and Trammell Crow Company of Dallas.

Located on 20+ acres north of FirstEnergy Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the mixed-use neighborhood will include a school, a boutique hotel, restaurants, office space and apartments.

Work will begin soon. Ground will be broken in November on a three-story restaurant overlooking the late, which will be completed in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention in July.

North Coast photo from

Legislation supports strategies to improve performance
of Ohio's charter schools

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video interview, Alesha Washington, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior director of government advocacy, discusses statewide charter school reform legislation that’s pending in the Ohio Assembly.

Both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate have passed versions of a charter school reform bill. Watch and learn more about next steps and how the legislation supports a goal of The Cleveland Plan to grow the number of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland and close and replace failing schools.

The GCP played a significant role in helping to shape The Cleveland Plan and is part of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, which is charged with reporting on the Plan's progress and communicating that information to families and other stakeholders.

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The ”GCP Insight” video series, which focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community, is hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.

Business input is needed: Help shape the region's talent pipeline

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is committed to connecting the business community with Cleveland students and education providers to provide input and assistance with the development and implementation of college and career-readiness programs.

Preparing students for life-long success is a key strategy of The Cleveland Plan, which calls for dramatic changes in how the Cleveland Metropolitan School District operates.

Here are two great opportunities for you and your company to get involved.

Introducing Academies of Cleveland:  Please join us at two meetings in October to learn how your company can contribute to the success of the Academies of Cleveland, a new approach to college and career readiness.

Representatives from the business community are invited to get involved with its design and planning and to help ensure its successful implementation in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools.

Why participate?

Northeast Ohio companies and organizations are looking for qualified employees across a range of industries including health care, manufacturing, financial services, and IT. However, the talent we need for business and regional economic vitality will not grow without an active partnership among the CMSD, our business and larger communities

“Workforce development is critical to the success of our region,” says Barry Doggett, senior vice president, Public & Community Affairs for Eaton.

"Aligning the Academies of Cleveland to the needs of our employer base and engaging our employers in the education of our high school students will ensure both successful outcomes for our students and our business community.”

We hope your company will be part of this exciting new venture!
  • Academies of Cleveland: Business Stakeholder Convening: This includes an overview of the Ford Next-General Learning model and how it can shape the Academies of Cleveland with the business community’s assistance and input. Monday, October 5, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the GCP Offices.
  • Academies of Cleveland: Community Stakeholder Convening: Business and community members will come together to review visioning work already completed and build out the process for the Master Plan, other action plans, indicators, data requirements, and the formation of an implementation monitoring team. Thursday, October 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. location: TBD.
If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact:

Shana Marbury
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Barry Doggett

A survey about internships: We want to hear from you!

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is conducting a survey of businesses regarding their thoughts on the value of interns. We want to hear what you have to say!

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and asks about the perspectives of your company or organization on internship programs, why you use or do not use interns, and related questions.

The information you provide will help us in building mutually rewarding connections between the business community and local interns.

Watch your email for details and learn how, as a survey participant, you can enter for a chance to win two United Airlines travel vouchers.

Arts and culture levy funds help improve educational performance

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is backing passage of Issue 8, the November 3rd ballot issue calling for the 10-year renewal (not a tax increase) of the current 1.5 cents tax per cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County to support arts and cultural organizations.

Funding from the Arts & Culture Levy enhances educational experiences and improves educational performance throughout Cuyahoga County. Studies show that students who participate in arts and culture demonstrate improved math and reading skills, perform higher on standardized tests, stay in school longer, and graduate at higher rates.

In 2013, organizations receiving arts & culture levy funds provided 1.4 million experiences for children*, including:
  • 21,411 classes and workshops*
  • 18,881 fieldtrips*
  • 678 internships and apprenticeships*
And it’s not just young people who benefit; in 2013, 418,833 adult residents attended classes and workshops that were supported by the Arts & Culture Levy*.

Passing Issue 8 this November is essential since the Arts & Culture levy approved in 2006 will expire soon. You can help ensure community support by voting YES on Issue 8.

Get involved with the campaign

Please visit the Vote for Issue 8 website for information about volunteering for the campaign and how to share your support.

* Cuyahoga Arts and Culture 2014 Annual Report to the Community

Important information about voting

The November 3rd General Election features 118 issues and will include three statewide issues: proposal to change the system of creating political boundaries, whether to make the use of marijuana legal and to prevent monopolies.

To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website, by calling the Board of Elections at 216.443.VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.

Are you registered?

The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 5. If you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card on or before this deadline.

It is important for all voters to be prepared to cast their ballots. Sample ballots are available on the Board of Elections website.

Voters who are interested in serving as poll workers may call 216-443-VOTE (8683) or apply online.

Head of Cuyahoga Regatta promotes Cuyahoga River
with an assist from Port of Cleveland workboats

A week ago, the 20th annual Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC) regatta brought nearly 2,000 high school, collegiate, and amateur adult athletes from across the U.S. and Canada to Cleveland in a showcase of a Cuyahoga River that continues its comeback.

The Port of Cleveland pitched in on the event with its twin workboats, Flotsam and Jetsam, clearing debris to make the water safe and attractive to the visiting racers.

As part of the workboats’ routines, the Port targets clean up in advance of major civic events like HOTC. The Port’s help was essential, said Kirk Lang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and HOTC race director.

“A massive storm hit prior to the event that produced significant floating debris, including large tree limbs,” said Lang. “We contacted the Port, who sent the workboats out again to clear the water and make it safe and welcoming for the event.”

The 440 boats that participated in the 5,000-meter regatta are constructed of fiberglass and especially vulnerable to floating debris. Those “racing shells” are built for speed, not to take impacts, but still cost as much as a car, explained Lang.

“The second one hits a log, it costs thousands to repair, so getting the river clear was imperative,” he said. The Port came through, and we and our rowers greatly appreciate it.”

First launched in 2012, the Port’s workboats clear Cleveland shorelines of man-made and natural debris. Jim White, the Port’s director of sustainable infrastructure programs, noted that in 2015 alone the boats have removed 167 tons of small debris and over 500 large branches and trees to make the water clean, safe, and attractive, support the local economy, and help remediate the environment.

Rowing is growing

Lang sees use of the Cuyahoga for rowing increasing, along with the need for a clean and safe environment for all river users. He noted that the HOTC race, one of the Midwest’s largest, generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local economy and puts Ohio on the map in the sport.

“Put simply, rowing is growing across the U.S., particularly in Ohio, and especially with young people,” he said “We’re happy to count the Port among our key partners as build on that momentum.”

To learn more about the Head of the Cuyahoga and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, click here.

To learn more about the Port’s workboats, Flotsam and Jetsam, click here.

Calling all real estate and property development professionals!

There's still time to register for NAIOP's Developers' Showcase on Wednesday, September 30 at the Music Box, Cleveland's two-story supper club and concert venue on the West Bank of the Flats.

National site selectors, fresh off the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) convention in Cleveland, will discuss Northeast Ohio's strengths and weaknesses from their points of view.

Additionally, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman will provide an update on preparations for the 2016 Republican National Convention. There also will be a first unveiling of a new design system for re-purposing industrial buildings, created by IAMC and SIOR, called "DesignFlex2030."

Click here to register.