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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 such as hiring, placement and internship compensation.

Fifty internships are available, and employers can host more than one intern. The program is five to 10 weeks (maximum of 100 hours to be worked) from May 30-August 11, 2017. If you are interested in hosting a student, please complete the Summer Internship Job Description and return it by Friday, November 18.

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Explore top-of-mind trends for middle-market companies

Leading your middle-market company requires you to be on top of topics and ideas that will impact the future of your business, your team and your ability to lead.

Please join us at our Fourth-Quarter Middle Market Forum, “Trends: Ideas on Manufacturing, Gen Y and Your Leadership Dynamic,” on Tuesday, December 6 where we’ll cover three different topics with timely, brief perspectives from three thought leaders. They’ll provide you with insights and stimulate your thinking about the intersection of these ideas within your company.

The program will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Greater Cleveland Partnership offices, 1240 Huron Road East in Playhouse Square.

Our speakers (left to right) and their topics:
  • Ethan Karp, CEO, MAGNET: “The Maker Thing: Manufacturing Trends are Retooling and Reinventing Our Region.”

  • David Haskin, National Leader, Advance Workplace Solutions Team, Steelcase: “The Environment Thing: How do our Spaces Reflect the New People and Practices in our Companies?”

  • Ralph Dise, CEO, Dise & Company: “The Leadership Thing: Don’t lose the ‘You’ in Your Leadership Dynamic.”
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Thanks to our Middle-Market Initiative sponsors:


GCP is your go-to place for business expansion support
and resources

Connecting Greater Cleveland companies to the resources, capital and support they need to grow their operations is the number one priority for the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team.

Our team is focused on being the “go-to” place where you’ll find business expansion advice, connections, and access.

We listen, we recommend, and we act. Our team can create customized plans to help and guide you through your growth strategies.

Learn more about how we can help your company.

GCP lauds passage of ballot issues that benefit Cleveland
and its residents

There was good news for the City of Cleveland last week as two ballot issues—both backed by the Greater Cleveland Partnership—a Cleveland school levy renewal and a 0.5 percent income tax increase—won voter approval.

Their passage will allow the City to continue academic improvement and protect city services.

Issue 32: Cleveland’s income tax will rise by 0.5 percent on January 1, 2017. The increase is designed to generate additional revenue (estimated at roughly $80 million annually), ensuring that Cleveland is able to provide adequate services for residents, workers and visitors and position the city for future growth.

“Our support of this issue came after lengthy review and analysis, “said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “We believe the passage of Issue 32 will help to further energize Cleveland’s renaissance and will offer multiple benefits to people who live and/or work in the city, as well as those who visit.”

Issue 108: The renewal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) 15 mill operating levy by voters yesterday will provide the support necessary for the continued success of The Cleveland Plan—without raising taxes.

“The Cleveland Plan was never intended to be a sprint,” said Roman. “There is no quick fix to such an important and challenging objective.

“We are seeing signs of improvement, and we need to continue to work together as a community toward the goal of helping more of our city’s children become successful, productive adults.”

An overview of the election's outcomes

Learn more about the impact pf these two issues—and an analyses of other election outcomes in our 2016 Election Report. Click to read or download.

In case you missed it, watch the video: Diversity and inclusion strategies from the NFL

Last week’s Commission on Economic Inclusion Leadership Forum at The Union Club featured Robert Gulliver, the National Football League’s chief human resources officer (right in photo), who shared components of the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies with the group.

The discussion, moderated by Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member and Commission Co-Chair Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (left in photo), focused on the Rooney Rule, a policy implemented by the NFL more than a decade ago to increase diversity in head coach and senior football operations positions.

It has since expanded to require at least one female candidate be interviewed for executive positions.

Click to view the video of the forum.

Diversity in the tech industry: Why so little progress?

Data about diversity in the tech industry’s “startup-land” and among venture capital recipients have shown that it barely exists.

A LinkedIn story by New Economy Editor Caroline Fairchild observes that “female founders received just 7 percent of the $60 billion in venture capital deployed last year while Black male founders received 2 percent.”

She also notes that those who control the money look like the entrepreneurs who receive funding.

“So why, if this is so well-known and so well-covered in the media, have we seen so little progress?”

That question was posed in a LinkedIn member survey on the state of diversity in venture capital and startups and the strategy toward changing the situation.

You’ll find the results—and many more articles about workplace diversity and inclusion—in the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Best Practices Repository.

Chart from LinkedIn Investment and Diversity Research, August-September 2016.

Meet our new Marketing and Communications VP

We’re pleased to announce that Sarah Johnson has joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership as our Vice President, Marketing and Communications.

In her new role, Sarah will lead the organization’s marketing strategy to engage and inform our nearly 9,000 members from entrepreneurs and small businesses to middle-market companies and the largest corporations in the region.

She comes to the organization with a diverse background, working at some of the region’s most highly regarded institutions including University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

We feel fortunate to have Sarah on the team and look forward to the impact she will have in the years to come.

Focused on continued growth, the Port engages
in strategic planning

The Port of Cleveland is currently engaging in strategic planning to develop a new vision that will guide the agency over the next five years.

To inform the process, the Port commissioned an economic impact report on Northeast Ohio’s maritime economy and a forecasting study on global cargo markets.

The economic impact report, prepared by international maritime and logistics consulting firm Martin Associates, found that Northeast Ohio’s maritime commerce had grown by nearly 30 percent over the past seven years, and produces over $3.5 billion of total economic value. The maritime sector now supports more than 20,000 jobs, including more than 4,000 direct jobs in the region.

The forecasting market analysis, also prepared by Martin Associates, reviewed international, national, and Great Lakes maritime cargo trends. Martin also provided current and prospective user feedback and opinions on the Port to offer insights into strengths, challenges, and opportunities for future growth.

“The Port of Cleveland has been a leader in the Great Lakes maritime port industry, and cargo has continued to rebound after the nation’s financial crisis of 2009,” said Dr. John Martin, founder of Martin Associates.

“The innovative work being done by the Port of Cleveland, including its international container service and its key infrastructure investments, has placed it in a strong position for growth.”

“Martin Associates market analysis provides critical data for our board and staff to leverage as we set the future direction for the Port of Cleveland,” said Will Friedman, Port President and CEO.

“We know we can compete in a number of sectors with the larger coastal ports, and we will continue to aggressively pursue new business to continue the growth that we experienced over the course of our last strategic plan.”

For more information on the Port, please contact Jade Davis, vice president external affairs at