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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 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.”

Roman explains more about the GCP’s position in this morning’s interview on WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder” show. Click to listen.

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. Click to read more.

GCP/COSE urge long-term reform make unemployment compensation fund solvent

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Mike Stanek (photo right), who also chairs the COSE Board, provided testimony last week in Columbus before the Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee regarding challenges related to unemployment on behalf of impacted GCP/COSE member businesses.

Testimony by Stanek, who is also chief financial officer of Hunt Imaging and owner, Cleveland Cycle Tours, included comments about the need for change.

"Improvements to the system should ensure the unemployed receive the support needed to re-enter the workforce and also ensure that an unexpected burden on businesses does not happen again due to a future downturn in the economy or recession. Our members continue to advocate for long- term reforms that allow the unemployment fund to achieve solvency…

“I’ve personally heard from many businesses that had been severely impacted by the downturn in the economy several years ago. The damage continues to linger and negatively affect business growth and the prospects for an individual to contribute and enjoy success today.”

Click to read his full testimony.

GCP members recognized as great places to work

Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies and organizations named to ERC’s NorthCoast 99, which recognizes great places to work in Greater Cleveland.

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Ciuni & Panichi, Inc., a C&P Advisors Company

Clark-Reliance Corp. 

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland Metroparks

Cohen & Company

Cuyahoga Community College

Earnest Machine

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Fifth Third Bank

Great Lakes Brewing Company

John Carroll University

Koinonia Homes, Inc.


Lake Health

Lakeland Community College/Institute for Economic Advancement

Lubrizol Corporation



Plante Moran

PolyOne Corp.

Skoda Minotti

The Center for Health Affairs

The MetroHealth System

The Reserves Network

Time Warner Cable



Wayne Homes Midwest LLC

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program was developed in 1999 by ERC, a leading HR organization dedicated to HR, workplace programs and practices, training and talent development.

Click to learn more.

Port hosts federal and state officials to promote maritime
and water quality

The Port of Cleveland continues to advance Greater Cleveland’s maritime, economic, and environmental health with leaders in federal, state, and local government.

Last week, the Port hosted U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero at its facilities to update him on its maritime efforts, including its innovative Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service between the Great Lakes and Europe.

Cordero also met with local shippers and businesses and visited ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland steel production facility. He noted that the Port of Cleveland and other Great Lakes ports are important gateways that play a critical role in the national economy.

“It was very interesting to learn more about the container service the Port of Cleveland is offering and their efforts to expand this line of business,” Cordero said.

“If international trade volumes continue to grow at the rates predicted, finding new ways to move more containers is going to be key to maintaining economic competitiveness.”

In the past month, staff representing Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congresswoman Fudge and Congressman Gibbs visited the Port to discuss the importance of maritime and environmental policy, including efforts to stabilize Irishtown Bend and prevent open lake dumping of sediment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Also, Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, toured Port operations and received a briefing regarding regulatory issues.

The Port shared its recent economic impact study during these visits. That study found that the Port and Cleveland’s maritime industry now produce over $3.5 billion of annual economic value and support more than 20,000 jobs in Northeast Ohio.

“The Port of Cleveland is committed to advocating for our region’s economy and the health of its water,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman. “Our primary goal is to promote global trade via the Great Lakes through maritime while working to ensure that our waterways are protected and restored.”

Read more about the Port’s efforts in the realm of policy and government relations in a recent article by Crain’s Cleveland Business.