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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 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.

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Workplace security: What can you do during the convention?

As you may know from news stories in the media, law enforcement agencies are preparing a coordinated security plan for the 2016 Republican National Convention here in Cleveland next week.

In addition, there are ways you can help ensure that your office or facility remains a safe and secure environment for your employees.

Here are some suggestions from the Ohio Department of Public Safety/Ohio Homeland Security:

Be aware of likely threats.

  • Do not ignore employee/customer reporting of suspicious activity.
  • Be mindful of reported incidents and/or threats that could affect your business.
Assess your vulnerabilities.
  • Check security of doors, windows, garages, and other buildings on your property.
  • If practical, consider hiring a licensed security force with ongoing training.
  • Use intrusion-detection systems or burglar-alarm systems.
  • Use security video to include monitoring and storing of video.
  • Adopt a strict visitor policy (badging/sign-in).
Create a security plan that:
  • Provides pre-determined steps to follow during an incident;
  • Organizes resources, important contacts, and identifies dependencies;
  • Clearly identifies decision makers and their alternates before first responders arrive; and
  • Bolsters partnerships with police, sheriff dept., fire dept., and other affected businesses.
If it becomes necessary to report suspicious activity, please call 800-225-5324 for convention-related tips.

Spurring investment in urban neighborhoods

Congressman Pat Tiberi talks with Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann about Cleveland’s success in utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to help spur investment in economically challenged urban neighborhoods.

The Congressman, who has been a lead supporter of the NMTC program, says he’ll continue working to provide long-term certainty by making it permanent.

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New toolkit helps businesses navigate state regulatory environment

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor recently announced the launch of an electronic toolkit designed to help Ohio businesses navigate state regulatory matters. The concept was conceived by Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE members, working through COSE’s small business owners.

The toolkit was developed as part of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) created by Governor John Kasich in 2011 to help create a more jobs-friendly regulatory climate in Ohio. Taylor oversees the CSI program.

“We have made great progress reforming Ohio’s regulatory environment through CSI,” said Taylor. “The CSI Toolkit gives them the information they need in a simple, accessible way, and I hope it leads to even more business participation.”

The resource provides Ohio’s small businesses with information on how to participate in the rule review process, how to use CSI to resolve specific regulatory challenges, and shares some of the successes CSI has had in helping the business community since the office was created in 2011.

Learn more about CSI

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies and organizations that recently joined the ranks of Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors. Click the links below to learn more about them.

GCP publications available online

Learn about the work we’re doing to advance the Greater Cleveland business community’s agenda, ways to get more out of your Greater Cleveland Partnership membership, sponsorship opportunities for your company or organization and more from our Publications Library.

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Share the Positive: Pass the Plus!

In this month’s issue of “Pass the Plus,” read about the positive happenings in the Cleveland Plus region including how you can help highlight the benefits of living, working and playing in our hometown during the Republican National Convention.
“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.

Cleveland officially stakes claim as “The Medical Capital”
with expanded branding

As home to more than 700+ bioscience companies, along with world-renowned clinical, research and educational institutions dedicated to growth and medical innovation, Cleveland has earned the right to be called "The Medical Capital."

Thanks to a new rebranding initiative, that title is about to become more official.

The heart of the rebranding campaign is a revamped website where visitors can access a wealth of information about investments and biomedical start-up activity in the region, funding support, partner information for collaborative projects and more.

Additionally, a new video showcases testimonials from national investors and local CEOs who speak from personal experience about the strength of the region and the endless possibilities that exist in and around Cleveland.

"The story of Cleveland becoming The Medical Capital has been a long time in the making," said Aram Nerpouni, president and CEO of BioEnterprise. "Today, however, it is a claim that the region can make with confidence, having attracted more than $2 billion in biomedical start-up equity funding since 2002.

Learn more

Port’s annual cargo grows more than 40 percent compared
to 2008

A recently completed economic impact analysis of the Port of Cleveland and the maritime economy in Northeast Ohio, performed Martin Associates, has found that cargo tonnage through the Port’s facilities grew by over 40 percent in just seven years.

The study by Martin, a maritime and logistics consulting firm, noted more than 13 million tons of cargo activity at the Port’s public and private marine terminals.

The increase—by a total of 4.1 million tons—represents 44 percent growth when compared to figures from the last study performed in 2008. The Martin study attributed this growth not only to traditional bulk cargo in iron ore, but also the development of the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) liner service in 2014.

The CEE is the Great Lakes’ first regular international container shipping service in 50 years.

“The growth in economic impact from the Port of Cleveland is significant, especially given that it is located on the Great Lakes and not one of the traditional larger coastal ports,” said Dr. John Martin, founder of Martin Associates.

The impressive uptick in activity in Cleveland Harbor also generated growth in total economic impact for Northeast Ohio. The maritime industry now produces over $3.5 billion of total economic value annually for the region and supports more than 20,000 jobs. This includes more than 4,000 direct jobs in the region.

To learn more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services, contact Dave Gutheil, the Port’s vice president of maritime & logistics, at or 216.377.1363.

Above photo:
The American Courage ore freighter on the Cuyahoga River transporting iron ore to ArcelorMittal’s steel mill.