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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.

The program was created in 2009 to expand the film industry in the state. Click to watch the video and learn about proposed changes to the program to make Ohio more competitive in this industry.

The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

Time is running out! Register now to connect with tech talent!

Time is running out for companies to sign up for the Linking IT Talent to Opportunities job fair and networking event on Wednesday, April 20 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center.

Exhibiting to the 200-250 job applicants is free for companies that are Greater Cleveland Partnership, COSE or OHTec members and reasonably-priced for nonmembers. Exhibitors will receive an electronic copy of applicants’ resumes prior to the event.

Don’t wait! Register to exhibit today!

The event is limited to no more than 30 companies, so be sure to reserve your place now!

Click to register as a company exhibitor or contact Truc Cao at or 216.592.2387.

Also, share the news with IT professionals or students who may be interested in new opportunities or just networking with technology companies. Individuals can register here.

The 2016 Linking IT Talent to Opportunities is organized by:

the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team with the support of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and OHTec.

It is generously sponsored by OEC, an award-winning technology leader and innovator of original equipment replacement parts solutions.

Export readiness: Is your middle-market company
prepared to grow?

Middle-market companies across Northeast Ohio have been focused on their domestic markets despite the rapidly growing international demand for U.S.-made products.

Even though the reductions to barriers for entering new markets has been greatly reduced through new technologies, access to resilient global supply chains, as well as established and new trade agreements, only 40 percent of U.S. middle.-market firms make exporting part of their growth strategy.

While North America comprises 18 percent of middle-class consumers today, the segment will diminish to 12 percent by 2025 and 6 percent by 2050, leaving China and India with more than half of the world’s middle-class consumption.

Will your company be able to continue to grow given the shrinking U.S. consumer market? How will you position your company to compete in North America and beyond?

Please join us at the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 12 at Corporate College East to learn more about export readiness from our panel of experts (left to right):
  • Melissa Blackledge, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center – Cleveland, U.S., Department of Commerce;
  • Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution;
  • Jack Schron Jr., President, Jergens, Inc.;
  • Oded Shenkar, Ph.D., Academic Director, National Center for the Middle Market, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Click to view the forum’s agenda to learn more about our other topics and speakers.

Click here to register
Thanks to our Middle-Market Initiative sponsors:

How you can help CMSD students raise career awareness

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program, True2U, a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Greater Cleveland Partnership and Neighborhood Leadership Institute, provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to set personal goals for success.

This career exploration and mentoring program focuses on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Get involved!

Business professionals are invited to volunteer as mentors for the program for the 2016-2017 school year. Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two with small groups of students once a month and will be supported by a CMSD teacher once a month.

Forum focuses on how businesses can promote better health through economic opportunity

More than 200 business and community leaders convened last week at the Global Center for Health Innovation to discuss how to work collaboratively to promote better health through economic opportunity.

The "Cleveland Health Means Business Forum" was presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), in conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) , University Hospitals, the Health Action Council, the Global Center for Health Innovation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Participants included:
  • GCP President and CEO Joe Roman (top photo left) who provided opening remarks and introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
  • GCP Board member Len Komoroski, chief executive officer, Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena (top photo right), on the “Healthy Community” panel with Amy Rohling McGee, president, Health Policy Institute of Ohio (shown in photo) and Richard Crespin, forum moderator, USCCF, Dr. Michael Anderson, chief medical officer, University Hospitals ; Greg Brown, executive director, PolicyBridge; and Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president, Cleveland Foundation.
  • GCP Board and Executive Committee member Thomas Zenty III, chief executive officer, University Hospitals (bottom photo, second from right) with (left to right): Dr. Tim Kowalski, medical officer, Progressive Insurance ; Dr. Teresa Koenig, senior medical officer, Medical Mutual; Bill Priemer, president and CEO, Hyland; and Richard Crespin, forum moderator, USCCF.
The “Health Means Business” campaign seeks to engage local and regional businesses to empower healthier individuals and communities through education, employment, and increased income. The Cleveland Forum was the seventh regional forum in the campaign. Other Forum locations include Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Fort Worth, Memphis, Los Angeles and Indianapolis.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

Keep up with the good news about Northeast Ohio by reading the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter. In this month’s issue, read about the region’s growing employment at corporate headquarters and professional service firms. With steady growth from 2000 to 2015, the region has the fourth-highest concentration of headquarters employment among the largest metros in the U.S.

Click to read the newsletter.

“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Plus
and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

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and start sharing our region’s good news with your networks of colleagues, friends and family.

Port generating support to protect Lake Erie
from open lake dumping

The Port of Cleveland has undertaken advocacy initiatives with federal officials in Washington, D.C. to protect Lake Erie and Cleveland Harbor from the threat of open lake dumping of potentially harmful sediment.

Those efforts are finding support from elected officials and continuing to shine a spotlight on the U.S .Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) open lake sediment placement plan and unexplained budget cuts to Cleveland Harbor.

The Port and others, including the Ohio EPA, have consistently opposed open lake disposal of sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River shipping channel due to the persistent presence of harmful chemicals, including PCBs. Port leaders are engaging federal officials to ensure that the sediment is safely disposed of in confined disposal facilities (CDFs) while keeping Cleveland’s maritime industry open for business.

Recent developments in the advocacy campaign include:
  • The Port petitioned the USACE to modify the description of the Cleveland Harbor project in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) to prevent sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River from being placed in Lake Erie.

  • A bipartisan group of six U.S. congressional representatives from Ohio issuing a joint letter supporting the Port’s WRRDA petition.

  • Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman issuing a joint letter to the USACE regarding its questionable budget cut to Cleveland Harbor’s dredging funds.

  • The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) began examining the USACE’s role in the sudden cut of more than $3 million from the federal dredging budget for the Port of Cleveland.
  • Senator Portman recently visited the Port and Cleveland Harbor following the start of the PSI inquiry.

  • The Port met with the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) on the potential environmental impacts of open lake placement of sediment.
“The Port is committed to protecting Lake Erie, Cleveland Harbor, and our local environment, water quality, and economy,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman.

“We’re taking our message to Washington to make sure federal officials get a full briefing on how serious this issue is and consider our position. We’re pleased with the support we have found in Washington.”

To learn more about this issue, please contact Jade Davis, Port vice president of external affairs, at