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2016

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Federal leaders support Great Lakes agenda

Congress recently adjourned for the year. In one of its final acts, the Senate passed legislative provisions widely known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016—a bill strongly supported by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

President Obama signed the legislation this past Friday.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership was a co-founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of about 40 chambers from across the Midwest that jointly lobby Congress on key priority areas, including transportation infrastructure, border crossings, and water.

The Coalition worked with members from across the Great Lakes states to support provisions related to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund allocation to the Great Lakes Navigation System and reauthorization of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more.

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Two GCP priorities sent to Governor for signature;
work remains


In the waning days and hours of a “lame duck” session, the Ohio General Assembly took action on two crucial Greater Cleveland Partnership priority issues, but work remains.

Legislation passed that includes provisions aimed at prohibiting Cleveland and other political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates that are different from the rate required by state law.

Separately, it is clear that Ohio’s current unemployment system must be re-structured for it to be viable in future generations. Earlier this year, the GCP supported and helped secure legislation that allowed the state to pay federal debt a year ahead of schedule, saving Ohio job creators millions of dollars in 2017.

However, reforms still need to be implemented that allow the unemployment fund to achieve a path toward solvency. Read more.

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GCP urges appropriate dredging of Cuyahoga River

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided testimony on SB 333, the water quality mid-biennium review bill currently moving through the legislature.

The bill continues efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state, including strengthening requirements for disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities.

The GCP long has been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favor SB 333 to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River. Read more.

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Employers welcome delay of Department of Labor overtime rule

On November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that was set to go into effect December 1. It would have doubled the current threshold under which employees must be paid overtime.

This means the implementation deadline will not be enforced and employers do not need to comply by December 1.  Read more in our blog.

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CDA receives $60 million federal award to spur economic growth in Cleveland by attracting private investment

The positive momentum in Cleveland is expected to continue as the region received a $60 million federal tax incentive that will help drive new projects in the city estimated to be valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

The award of federal New Market Tax Credits to Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA)—an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)—is an invaluable leveraging tool in advancing the city’s revitalization.

The tax credits are used to attract private investment needed to complete catalytic projects that create positive economic impacts in low-income communities, including workforce development, quality employment and neighborhood revitalization. CDA had been awarded a total of $215 million since the program’s inception. Read more.

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Find summer interns at no cost to your company

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central program is collaborating with Cuyahoga Community College to offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s Summer Internship Program.

Students will be compensated by the college at $10 per hour. They also will receive financial support for one course during the Summer Term (up to 4 credits) and one book (up to $125). In addition, Tri-C will manage the HR functions of the internship. Learn more.

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The Rooney Rule and diversity strategies from the NFL


The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of Greater Cleveland Partnership, held its second annual Leadership Forum today at The Union Club.

More than 125 attendees, which included CEOs and members of their senior staff, heard from Robert Gulliver, the National Football League’s chief human resources officer (photo right), about the league’s diversity and inclusion efforts including the Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for open NFL head coaching and senior football operations positions.

Gulliver also engaged in a conversation with Commission Co-chair and GCP Board member Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (photo left), which included a discussion of how the Rooney Rule can be implemented in corporate America. Read more.

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CDA investment supports catalytic school
redevelopment project

After nearly 20 years of vacancy, as well as numerous attempts at redevelopment, the Joseph and Feiss complex located on West 53rd Street in the Stockyards neighborhood is finally being revitalized into a catalytic neighborhood asset.

Financing has closed for a $17 million project that will redevelop the building as the new home of Menlo Park Academy (Menlo).

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation, Ohio NMTC allocation, and $3.1 million in financing.

Menlo is Ohio’s only tuition-free community school focused solely on gifted learners in grades K-8. It is an approved partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and Cleveland residents are given priority for admission. Read more.

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Focusing on the future, CMSD students pledge
their commitment to graduate

Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) ninth graders who attend Academies of Cleveland (AoC) schools recently pledged their commitment to graduate in a ceremony held at each of the five AoC high schools.

AoC is one component of Pathways Partners, an initiative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that connects the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce. s. Read more.

Above photo:
Students at Max S. Hayes High School participated in their school’s commitment-to-graduate ceremony. Read more.

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Issues vital to Cleveland's economy and future
need voter support

 

Vote “Yes” on Issue 32

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors formally supported Issue 32 because it would give our city the ability to enhance services, grow and develop our neighborhoods, and it will lessen the impact of other revenue cuts recently imposed on Cleveland. Read more in our blog.

Issue 108 will continue CMSD’s progress

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a "YES" vote on Issue 108, a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Levy funds will provide four more years of financial support for The Cleveland Plan, Mayor Frank Jackson's blueprint for positively transforming the delivery and impact of education for Cleveland’s K-12 students. The levy is vital to continue progress achieved through the plan's implementation. Read more.

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CDA plays key financing role in transformational
Ohio City project

Financing for the $60 million Ohio City project known as w25d has closed and construction is officially underway.

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and $2.5 million in financing.

The project, involving both new construction and historic renovation, will bring 194 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of commercial space to this key intersection. Read more.

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What’s needed to prolong the economic recovery?

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester spoke last week at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Third Quarter Middle Market Forum attended by more than 70 CEOs from GCP/COSE middle-market and small business investor companies.

In her remarks, Dr. Mester said that an increase in the federal funds rate is appropriate and would help prolong the economic recovery.

“The reason I believe a gradual upward path of policy continues to be appropriate and that I favored taking another step on that path in September is because of the realized progress the economy has made on our monetary policy goals and my expectation of further progress,” she said. Read more.

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Broad coalition promotes diversity in construction industry workforce


The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) initiative has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms on major construction projects.

A new CDI video explores how this community endeavor got its start, what progress has been made and the impact it has had in Cleveland. Click to watch.

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The Cleveland connection to global markets

The Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership and five public-sector partners, serves as a forum where public- and private-sector leadership can collaborate on infrastructure projects and issues of critical importance to Northeast Ohio’s economic climate.

This week’s “GCP Insight” video focuses on the economic impact of the Port of Cleveland, one of the Civic Connection’s public-sector agencies. Click to watch.

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A new chapter for Cleveland

The city and people of Cleveland have so many reasons to be proud of its comeback over the past 30 years through results delivered by a focused and extraordinary public-private partnership.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2016 Annual Meeting on Sept. 7 highlighted many of those reasons and how this momentum can continue to propel the city forward.
Thanks to the more than 1000 members who attended the event held at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Click here for highlights and photos.

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GCP supports income tax increase that will benefit those who live, work in Cleveland

Opposes two initiatives that would threaten jobs in Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors has voted to support efforts to improve services for those living and working in Cleveland and to create a safer and more attractive city for frequent visitors through a ballot initiative that will raise the income tax by 0.50 percent.

The tax would help to grow and develop Cleveland neighborhoods by giving the city the ability to increase services on multiple levels. The city has not had an income tax increase in almost 30 years.

“We took more than three months to survey our members—and that includes from small, one- or two-person businesses, middle-market companies, as well as global corporations—to find out what they thought, “said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“The consensus from this very diverse group of employers was that new revenues are needed to help keep the city’s economic momentum moving forward. These additional tax dollars can be neighborhood builders.”

The business community also remains focused on efforts that responsibly raise skills and wages. Therefore, the GCP has endorsed a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) – with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Alternatively, the GCP is opposing two separate issues – a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase and a Cleveland-only part-time workers’ initiative - that will hinder job creation, business growth and the overall momentum the City of Cleveland is now experiencing. Read more.

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Greater Cleveland Civic Connection continues tradition
of collaboration

Public-private partnerships have been essential in driving Northeast Ohio’s economic resurgence over the past several decades, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has been an integral facilitator in bringing together the necessary partners for the betterment of the region.

This tradition of collaboration enters a new era in 2016 with the establishment of Greater Cleveland Civic Connection.

A program of the GCP, Civic Connection leverages the strength of our region’s business community and the leadership of our public sector to support economic growth through targeted investment in utility and transportation infrastructure. Read more.

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City Council rejects Cleveland-only minimum wage hike;
voters may still decide

Last week, Cleveland City Council voted overwhelmingly—by a vote of 16 to 1—in opposition to the most aggressive minimum wage increase in the country.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine even released an opinion more than a month ago stating that municipalities cannot legally set their own minimum wage.

However, Cleveland’s charter still could provide the initiative’s supporters the opportunity to place the issue—or an amended version—on a future ballot to be decided by the voters. Read more.

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Twenty-five year effort under way to protect our Great Lake

Learn about the $3 billion investment the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is making in Project Clean Lake, a 25-year effort to reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing into Lake Erie.

NEORSD Executive Director Julius Ciaccia also talks about water quality’s importance to economic and lakefront development in Cleveland. Click to watch.

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Responding to public transportation funding cuts

Greater Cleveland RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese talks about current and future budget challenges RTA is facing.

As an immediate action, the RTA Board approved a two-step 25 cents fare hike. Additionally, RTA is facing an $18 budget million cut due to lower sales tax revenue.

Learn what is being done to find a solution to RTA's budget issues. Click to watch.

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What was it like to see the convention up close?

By Joe Roman
President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee


Opening Night: North Coast Harbor has NEVER looked so good, nor the lakefront more promising….over 12,000 guests, donors, delegates and media attended in perfect weather.

Personally, I remember when, over 20 years ago, Cleveland Tomorrow, our predecessor, and North Coast Harbor, where Dave Gilbert worked at the time, were working just to make sure people knew we had a harbor and park again.

Then came the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, a new stadium for the Cleveland Browns, and—just before the RNC—a new restaurant. With more to come.

I just wished that Senator Voinovich, the namesake of the park, could have seen it in all its full glory.

Click to read more
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It's convention week in Cleveland!


After two years of bidding, planning, execution and deep breaths, the 2016 Republican National Convention is getting under way here in Cleveland. Fencing and signs are up to guide traffic, pedestrians, and parades throughout our downtown for the next 7-10 days.

Meanwhile, with some adjustments, many people will be following their daily routines throughout the week. To help you through the bustle of activities and people, the Cleveland 2016  Host Committee has put together some tips via its Community Update newsletter. Click for details.

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Ready to host the Republican convention, Cleveland can experience long-term benefits

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman talks with Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder,” about how the many investments made to help Cleveland get ready to host the 2016 Republican National Convention will continue to pay dividends for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio residents for months and years to come after the big event.

This includes renovations at Hopkins International Airport and the redesigned Public Square. Click to listen.

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How diverse is our region?

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has completed the analysis of the results of its 2015 Employers Survey on Diversity™.

The survey, which is completed by Commission member organizations, has provided contextual information on the status of economic diversity and inclusion efforts in our region for 14 years compiling data in four key areas: board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

The 2015 survey was completed by 85 Northeast Ohio employers with a total of close to 160,000 employees. Click here for a summary. Click here for the full survey.

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It’s real and it feels terrific!

Here at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we join countless others in offering our congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champs!

This victory is sweet—spelling the end of Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.

But you can also look at it another way.

We all know that our professional sports teams are tremendous economic assets. Yes, the names have changed. But the facilities now named Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field were two of the initial catalysts of downtown Cleveland’s multibillion-dollar rebirth. Read more.

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Remembering George Voinovich

By Joe Roman

While no one leader or institution precipitated Cleveland’s decline in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a man who used vision, cooperation and dedication to launch the renaissance and momentum we all feel today in our city.

George Voinovich was a true believer and avid practitioner of the so-called public-private partnership—a vital cooperative effort that he led as mayor in the dismal wake of municipal default.

I met with the former mayor, governor and U.S. senator just two weeks ago. He was, in many ways, my professional mentor and a father of sorts. Whenever I asked him for help, guidance or his opinion, I always received a prompt and thoughtful reply.

During what turned out sadly to be our final conversation, we discussed many things including his career, things he wished he would have had time to do, and his just-completed book. Read more.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich (Innerbelt) Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers. While in several elected positions, he was a leader in addressing transportation issues facing our region and country.

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GCP opposes Cleveland-only $15 minimum wage;
How would your company be impacted?

On May 26, the Greater Cleveland Partnership announced firm opposition to the proposal for a Cleveland-only $15 minimum wage.

While we do not philosophically object to raising the minimum wage, our membership has articulated grave concerns with the comparative size of Cleveland’s increase, the speedy timeline for implementation, and the focus on the city of Cleveland versus the state of Ohio as a whole.

Get involved: The GCP will continue to work with city leaders, civic organizations and other stakeholders to build a coalition to oppose this specific minimum wage increase. Click here to learn how you can become an active participant in our efforts on this issue.

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Unemployment tax relief on the horizon for employers

Several years ago, Ohio’s unemployment rate increased and the state’s unemployment fund was ill-prepared to cover the costs. The federal government subsequently provided Ohio with a loan to continue paying jobless benefits.

With the exception of interest, employers were, and still are, solely responsible for paying the balance of the debt incurred. If no action is taken, employers’ unemployment tax bills will continue to incrementally rise through 2017 until the debt is paid.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE has been working methodically with its members, policymakers, and partners towards a solution to this important issue. And, an encouraging proposal is expected to be introduced and passed in the state legislature this week that would pay Ohio’s debt to the federal government. Read more.

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Growth strategies and insights for middle-market leaders


Expert insights on three top-of-mind topics for middle-market executives were shared at the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum held May 12th at Corporate College East.

Following a welcome from GCP Board member Bernie Moreno (above photo), president of Bernie Moreno Companies and chair of the GCP Middle-Market Committee, the program featured presentations and conversations about growth trends and concerns in the middle market; cybersecurity/risk; export readiness; and attracting top management talent. Read more.

For more event highlights, check out the @GCPartnership Twitter stream (hashtag #GCMMF) and/or download the forum app to your smart phone to access the agenda and speakers’ information.

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GCP members named as finalists for EY Entrepreneur
of the Year award


Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor members named by EY as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Northeast Ohio region (above photo left to right):Terry Davis, president and CEO, Our Lady of the Wayside; Dr. Albert Green, CEO, Kent Displays, Inc.; James Keene, owner, Keene Building Products; and James Tu, executive chairman and CEO, Energy Focus, Inc.

These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a gala June 9 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

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Preserving tax credits will help spur investment in catalytic projects

Greater Cleveland Partnership's President and CEO Joe Roman recently provided testimony before the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission on the importance of essential development tools like the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit and New Market Tax Credit.

Both tax credits have been instrumental in much of the revitalization of Cleveland's urban core. Click to read the testimony.

Above image:
Rendering of a new St. Martin de Porres High School. Ohio New Market Tax Credits, provided by Cleveland Development Advisors, the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, are helping support the capital campaign to construct a new school building. The $17.9 million first phase will construct a 43,100 square-foot wing of the building.

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How state efforts are supporting minority business growth

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Jeffrey Johnson, chief of the Minority Business Development Division at Ohio’s Development Services Agency, talks with GCP Vice President of Advocacy Alesha Washington about the state’s outreach activities to support the growth of minority-owned businesses.

Click to watch.

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Activity accelerates to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the acceleration of activity around efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.

Two groups are moving forward to try to get a medical marijuana proposal on the November ballot.

Meanwhile, leaders in the Ohio House of Representatives last week introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana and create a Marijuana Control Commission.

Click to watch the video and find out what the GCP is doing to ensure that employers’ rights are protected if medical marijuana is legalized in our state.

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Efforts aim at helping Ohio expand its role in the film industry

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-48) discusses the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program with Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President of Government Advocacy Alesha Washington.

Watch the video to learn about proposed changes to the program to make Ohio more competitive in this industry.

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Enhancing inclusion through County legislation: Why it matters

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is continuing advocacy efforts on Cuyahoga County’s inclusion legislation.

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Commission on Economic Inclusion Executive Director Brian Hall discusses the legislation and how it relates to broader efforts around community benefit agreements with “Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper. Click to watch.

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The importance of strengthening the education continuum

In this week's  “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Ohio House Minority Leader State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-39) about the value and importance of education.

The discussion includes the impact that education has on the lives of young people starting with early childhood through post-secondary studies. Click to watch.

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Tackling the challenges of talent development and retention

Hiring and retaining a high-caliber workforce is a major concern for employers of all sizes.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting a sold-out “Talent Pipeline Management” conference on Wednesday, March 23 in Washington, D.C., notes that “The American economy is facing a serious crisis…U.S. businesses are leaving jobs unfilled because they cannot find qualified talent.”

Learn more about upcoming GCP and business community events that are addressing the challenges of talent development and retention.

 - Cleveland Health Means Business Forum on Wednesday, April 6

 - Linking IT Talent to Opportunity on Wednesday, April 20

 - Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Thursday, May 12.

Read more.

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Hot topics for the C-suite: Cyber security, export readiness and talent management


Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Thursday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Corporate College East.

Our program will feature expert insights into cyber security, export readiness and attracting top talent management—three top-of-mind topics for many C-suite executives and their direct reports.

Attendees will have the opportunity join the conversation during the Q&A sessions after each presentation.

Click to register now and take advantage of the GCP-member discount of $99 per person available through April 12. Read more.

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Speaking out to protect our Great Lake

Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the importance of dredging the Cuyahoga River on a regular basis.

He also comments on why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ position to dump the sediment into Lake Erie is a concern for businesses, water quality and other environmental factors. Click to watch the video.

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Economic realities driving East Cleveland annexation conversation

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton discusses the economic realities that have led to the conversation about the possible annexation of the near-ring suburb by the City of Cleveland.

He notes that East Cleveland's population has dipped from 40,000 in 1970 to about 17,000 today. In addition, the average household income today is $20,000 and the majority of East Cleveland residents are unemployed.

These numbers, he says, point to the need to consider changes. Click to watch the video.

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How you can help support the Health and Human Services levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is urging passage of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy, which is Issue 23 on the March 15th county-wide ballot.

The 4.8 mill levy – which is not a tax increase—is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.

Opportunities to support the Health and Human Services Levy include serving as a volunteer, requesting a yard sign, donating to the campaign and voting YES on Issue 23 on the March 15th ballot. Read more.

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Why GCP has a Political Action Committee and the power of your involvement

Primary election season is in full swing, Iowa and New Hampshire have cast their ballots, and Ohioans will march to the polls on March 15th to have their say. And, don’t forget, Tuesday, February 16th is the deadline to register to vote in Ohio's primary election.

Individually, you may choose to support candidates through your contributions and your vote. While the right to vote and your perspective on the issues are crucial, many still believe their voice is not heard throughout the process.

Click here to learn about the role the Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) plays in amplifying the voice of business.

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CDA closes on financing for new urban high school

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, closed on financing for the new Saint Martin de Porres High School (SMDP) in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.

SMDP is a Cristo Rey Network school that provides children of modest economic means with an education experience that includes work study, service, leadership training and spirituality.

CDA provided Federal and Ohio New Markets Tax Credits as well as a loan. Read more.

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Ohio’s middle-market growth improves, tops national trend

Ohio’s middle-market companies’ year-over-year revenue growth in 2015 improved compared to 2014, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 4Q 2015 Indicator (MMI) report released last week.

Last year’s Ohio middle-market revenue growth rate was reported at 6.6 percent, compared to 5.4 percent at the end of 2014. This increase topped the national year-over-year growth rate of 6.1 percent.

Read more.

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GCP, COSE reiterate employers’ perspectives on state tax policies


The Greater Cleveland Partnership and its small business partner, COSE, recently submitted written testimony to the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission to reiterate the perspective of small, mid-sized and large employers as it relates to tax policy in Ohio.

The testimony from GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann highlights several key points made by GCP and COSE during the state operating budget process.

Click to read the testimony
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Supporting Northeast Ohio companies helps grow the region’s economy

With 40+ growth and expansion projects currently in the pipeline, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s award-winning Business Development Team is gearing up for 2016.

“The growth of our regional economy is driven by the base of companies that call Northeast Ohio home,” says Deb Janik, the GCP’s senior vice president of business and real estate development. “Our team is focused on helping them solve problems and take advantage of growth opportunities." Read more.

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GCP supports renewal of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy


The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that it is urging passage of a levy renewal to support health and human services in Cuyahoga County.

The 4.8 mill levy—which is not a tax increase—is on the March 15, 2016 county-wide ballot. The levy is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises. Read more.

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Looking ahead in 2016: Accelerating progress and building positive momentum


The coming year promises to be a milestone in Cleveland’s history. The countdown is on with the start of the 2016 Republican National Convention only about 6 1/2 months away.

Working collaboratively to help our city successfully host this historic event is high on our 2016 priorities list. The collaborative effort of the private and public sectors is focused on ensuring that Cleveland is well-prepared and best-represented when the international media spotlight is on our community.
Read more.