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Federal ruling delays overtime rule; collaborative efforts focusing on workforce development

Workforce development issues and challenges are at the top of the list of concerns faced by companies and businesses of all sizes.

Here’s a summary of current workforce-related news and opportunities from the Greater Cleveland Partnership and its partners in the public and private sectors.

Employers welcome delay of Department of Labor overtime rule

On November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that was set to go into effect December 1. It would have doubled the current threshold under which employees must be paid overtime.

This means the implementation deadline will not be enforced and employers do not need to comply by December 1.

In his temporary ruling, Judge Mazzant stated: “…the Final Rule exceeds the Department’s authority,” signaling that he is likely to permanently overturn the rule.

Click to read more in our blog.

Deadline extended: Find and host 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.

The deadline to indicate your company’s interest has been extended to Wednesday, November 30.

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 four credits) and one book (up to $125). The program is five to 10 weeks (maximum of 100 hours to be worked) from May 30-August 11, 2017.

In addition, Tri-C will manage the HR functions of the internship.

Fifty internships are available, and employers can host more than one intern. Host opportunities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in hosting a student during summer 2017, please complete the Summer Internship Position Description and return to Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com on or before Wednesday, November 30.

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Help develop the future manufacturing workforce

The WIRE-Net youth workforce team is looking for manufacturing companies to provide internship opportunities for qualified welding, machining, and manufacturing design (CADD) students from Max S. Hayes High School.

Internships can be a winning workforce recruitment strategy by providing a short-term work experience that potentially leads to long-term employment.

While each internship is flexible based on company and student needs, most internships share these common characteristics:
  • Liability insurance for students participating in an internship will be covered by Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Students have approximately 360 classroom hours in their career pathway by the time they reach their senior year and have continuously reviewed safety protocols.
  • Internships begin in mid-January and last through the month of April.
  • Interns work in the afternoon for approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Employers determine the rate of pay, but it must be at least minimum wage.
  • A company sponsor is assigned to mentor the intern while on-site.
  • At least one review session will occur among the student, teacher, and company mentor.
More information can be found here.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email Brianna Schultz, WIREnet’s director of Youth Programs at Brianna@wire-net.org.

Business professionals needed for mock interviews with CMSD 11th graders

As part of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s college and career readiness work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland schools, we are helping to identify business professionals who are interested in conducting mock interviews with a small group of 11th graders.

The interviews will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 10: 30 a.m. at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 East 30th Street.

The purpose of this activity is to help prepare the students for real life job interviews by acting as the interviewer and providing constructive feedback to the students. Please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com for questions or to volunteer.

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) is a new approach to college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies.

Each school focuses on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. The AoC schools work to ensure that young people are prepared to learn for a lifetime, thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic workplaces, and contribute to Cleveland’s economic and civic prosperity.

GCP helping to connect employers with students through job shadowing experiences

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is helping to connect Northeast Ohio employers with prep2practice™, an online tool powered by The Center for Health Affairs that matches students with real-life job shadowing experiences in several occupations. They include:
  • Healthcare
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Creative industries and more
This system provides a centralized online location for employers, students and schools to work collaboratively to create and coordinate prep2practice experiences. Click here to see how it works.

Prep2practice benefits Northeast Ohio in several ways including:
  • Businesses discover their future workforce by expanding their reach.
  • Schools make the connection with local businesses to help students find their future career.
  • Students discover the possibilities of their future through real-life job shadowing experiences.
Are you a business or school interested in prep2practice? Do you know a student who may be interested in a prep2practice experience?

To get started, please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com.

Port receives $45 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits


The Port of Cleveland and its subsidiary Northeast Ohio Development Fund, have been awarded $45 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC).

Established as part of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 and administered by the U.S. Treasury Department, NMTCs are intended to spur revitalization efforts of low-income and impoverished communities across the United States and its territories.

Eleven years ago, the Port of Cleveland became the first port in the nation to be a sponsor of NMTCs. With this newest allocation of $45 million, the Port has now received $140 million in NMTCs.

Port President and CEO Will Friedman said that while the Port and the Northeast Ohio Development Fund do not have specific deals identified for the new NMTC allocation, they will be actively seeking and responding to opportunities.

Friedman mentioned manufacturing developments as a strong option but noted that the Port and the Fund would look at anything that benefits the community and best leverages the investment to achieve NMTC program goals.

"The Port is thrilled to receive this latest infusion of New Markets Tax Credits," said Friedman. "It’s a key tool in our development finance kit, and we will be very active in leveraging these tax credits and other creative means to continue advancing economic development in Northeast Ohio."

Projects that have received NMTCs through the Port include:
  • Steelyard Commons retail center
  • Playhouse Square’s renovation of the historic Allen Theater (above photo) and the Middough Building
  • Corvalis Development’s mixed-use redevelopment of the Gospel Press building
  • Miceli Dairy Products Co.’s expansion
  • Geis Companies’ rehabilitation of 7000 Euclid as a healthcare technology incubator; and
  • The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s new home.
For more information on the Port, please contact Jade Davis, the Por's vice president of external affairs at Jade.Davis@portofcleveland.com.