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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 and 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.

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

Read more about the GCP’s position on this issue in the next story.

GCP testimony expresses strong concerns about dumping river sediment into the lake

The Greater Cleveland Partnership submitted testimony before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) March 1st public hearing on Cuyahoga River dredging that expressed strong concerns about dumping river sediment into Lake Erie.

It “has the potential to have a devastating impact to the delicate balance in our lake, which is the most fragile of the Great Lakes,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Beyond the obvious and important health-related concerns, any threat to water quality represents a substantial problem to our economy.

“It has taken us decades to overcome the stigma of our earlier challenges on related issues. The risks associated with foreseeable dredge-related drinking water problems could be catastrophic for our region. “

He also addressed “the long-running disagreement between the Corps and the local community.”

“The last segment of the Cuyahoga River is a vital and dynamic part of our local economy. Thousands of jobs depend on it. No place is this more apparent than ArcelorMittal, one of the most productive steel-producing facilities in the world. The Corps’ choke hold on ArcelorMittal has the potential to impact its 1,900 employees and countless.

“The recent tactics used by the Corps, including the language inserted in the federal omnibus bill, has intensified questioning by the local community regarding the integrity of the agency’s work on this extremely important project.”

Click to read the full testimony.

Photo by the Port of Cleveland.

GCP seeks Ohio Congressional Delegation support
for minority business assistance funding

With the five-year federal funding of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and its centers around the country including Cleveland ending this year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation to support the proposal for renewal funding through FY 2021.

The letter from GCP President and CEO Joe Roman follows up on a visit in 2014 by representatives from the GCP and the MBDA Cleveland Center to the offices of the Delegation where they discussed the services, successes, and value of the Center for the state of Ohio.

In its first five years of operation, the MBDA Business Center Cleveland helped Ohio MBEs obtain over $101 million in contracts and $21 million in capital awards and was responsible for creating 844 jobs.

In addition, the MBDA Business Center-Cleveland received an "Outstanding" rating for its performance in 2014 and 2015, and a “Commendable” rating in 2012 and 2013.

The letter also notes that “support by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was instrumental in winning the first five-year grant and…has offered her ongoing support for this next proposal.

“She also has expressed support for additional partners across the state contributing matching funds to enhance the Business Center Cleveland's capacity to serve MBEs statewide. We ask you to consider joining her in supporting this proposal.”

Click to read more in the letter.

The MBDA Business Center Cleveland is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Advance Ohio president named to GCP Board

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors approved the appointment of Advance Ohio President Timothy Knight to the Board at its quarterly meeting last week.

Before joining Advance Ohio, which operates, the Sun News and is responsible for all multimedia ad sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Knight held leadership positions at Tribune Company, Newsday and, most recently, the Chicago Sun Times.

For the past four years, Knight has been CEO of Wrapports LLC, which owns the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash. Wrapports also has been an investor in several digital startup businesses, including The Cube, Aggrego, higi and

He was also a co-founder of, and held senior management roles at, Classified Ventures LLC, parent of and

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.

How you can 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.
  • Voting YES on Issue 23 on the March 15th ballot.
“This levy supports many critical health and human services activities that are vital to the well-being of our community including MetroHealth and services for seniors, children and families,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“This eight-year renewal is longer than prior renewals, meaning the “no tax increase” rate is locked in for a longer period of time and fewer campaigns are needed to maintain the services.”

To learn more, click to visit the campaign website.

Important information about voting early in the Primary Election

If you’re planning to vote in the March 15th Primary Election, you may vote early by mail or in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE), 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

To vote by mail, here are two important dates to remember:

March 12, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the BOE by noon on Saturday, March 12.

March 14, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Postmark Deadline

Return envelopes containing marked ballots must be received either in person by the BOE prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, or postmarked no later than Monday, March 14, and received by the BOE no later than 10 days after the election.

Early voting hours at the BOE
  • Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 14: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Click to download the Primary Election Voter Guide.

OHtec Best-of-Tech nomination deadline extended

Nominations for the 10th annual Best of Tech awards will be accepted through Tuesday, March 15.

Click here to create a company profile and complete your nomination.

Awards categories this year are:
  • Most Promising Startup
  • Best Website
  • Best IT Services Company
  • Best Big Data Application
  • Best Healthcare Tech Product
  • Best Software Product
  • Tech Team of the Year
  • Tech Company of the Year
Click here to view the nomination questions by category.

Winners will be announced at the Best of Tech Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21.

Focus on Health IT

The Health IT Summit Cleveland will be held during Tech Week on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 at The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, 1515 West Third Street.

This hosted event brings together C-level, physician, practice management and IT decision-makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices.

For two full days, executives interact with a national audience of peers, national leaders and solution providers featuring the latest solutions for practice management, mobility, telemedicine, outsourcing, IT infrastructure, next-generation electronic medical records, disease management, and more.

Now in its eighth successful year, the Health IT Summit is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the healthcare provider markets.

Discount for GCP members!

Through our partnership with the summit’s hosting organization, Vendome, Greater Cleveland Partnership members planning to attend the summit can receive a 15 percent discount off their registration by entering the code OHTEC15 in the discount code box.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

Stories in this month’s “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter include a focus on the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) and activities planned for its 75th anniversary celebration, the significant role GRC has played in aerospace technology, and future projects including developing technology for an eventual mission to Mars.
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