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Investments preserving Northeast Ohio’s environmental, economic health

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, the newly appointed CEO of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), recently sat down with Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic & Camper, for a “GCP Insight” interview.

They discussed the critical importance of our freshwater resources and the massive investments being made to preserve our region’s environmental and economic health.

NEORSD continues to be engaged with the Greater Cleveland Partnership and its 8,000 members through the Greater Cleveland Civic Connection. Managed by the GCP, Civic Connection serves as a forum for public- and private-sector leadership to engage and collaborate on projects and issues of critical importance to the economic climate of Northeast Ohio.

Other Civic Connection public partners include the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

Click to watch the video.

The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

Notice of Annual Meeting of Members
of the Greater Cleveland Partnership

Pursuant to the Code of Regulations of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting of Members will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland Hotel, 100 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114.

A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. The agenda for this meeting includes confirmation of the election of Directors to the GCP Board.

Pursuant to the GCP Code of Regulations, the candidates for directorships will be recommended through the Nominating Committee chaired by Scott Chaikin.

Those members desiring to nominate any candidate(s) to the GCP Board of Directors should submit names and contact information to Secretary, Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1717, by 5 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017.

The GCP ballot, including the candidates for the GCP Board of Directors, is forthcoming.

GCP reinforces support for Ohio business tax deduction

The Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE recently reinforced its members’ full support of the current state tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income, for which virtually all businesses are eligible.

Click to read our letter to the Governor Kasich and leadership in the Ohio General Assembly.

This specific deduction was approved and made permanent less than two years ago, as part of a tax reform package approved by the General Assembly and the governor.

A few months ago, the governor presented the state’s two-year executive budget proposal, which maintained the 100 percent tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income.

The Ohio General Assembly will spend the next several weeks making adjustments to the budget bill, before sending the entire package back to the governor for final approval by the end of June.

We have heard from our members about the value of the deduction as a resource for additional business investment that can produce thousands of dollars of additional capacity for re-investment. It is an important tool that can contribute to the capital required to make small changes that can lead to big success, especially for small business owners.

GCP/COSE will continue to aggressively advocate on our members’ behalf on this issue. However, we have strength in numbers, and your voice is needed.

If you would like to make a phone call, send an e-mail, or write a letter in support of the current state tax deduction, please email us at

GCP member appointed to CyberOhio Advisory Board

Last year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the launch of CyberOhio, a collection of cybersecurity initiatives aimed at helping Ohio’s businesses fight back against cyber-attacks.

Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE member Tim Opsitnick, president of JURINNOV LLC, last week officially joined CyberOhio’s Advisory Board, a group composed of state industry experts and business leaders. The expert panel will provide guidance for the attorney general’s office initiatives on cybersecurity.

Opsitnick founded JURINNOV in 2000 and is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the security and discovery of electronically stored information. The practice focuses on cybersecurity, data privacy, electronic discovery, and computer forensics.

He will moderate a panel discussion on how to address cyberthreats at the GCP’s Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Thursday, May 11.

“I’m honored to be appointed to such a crucial initiative,” said Opsitnick. “Fighting back against this very real, constantly changing threat is critical.

"I’d like to thank Attorney General DeWine for allowing me to share my experience to help foster a stronger business environment here in Ohio.”

CyberOhio’s mission is to provide the best legal, technical, and collaborative cybersecurity environment possible to help Ohio’s businesses thrive.

Has your company launched energy initiatives?

Since the energy market changed in 1999, the Greater Cleveland Partnership has been working on energy issues on behalf of Northeast Ohio.

We have developed a robust suite of services that are tailored for the business community to help companies improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. To advance this work and better understand the needs of our members, we have developed a survey to learn about the energy initiatives you may have taken.

Click here to take the survey by Monday, May 1
to be entered to win a $25 gas card.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Help CMSD eighth-graders set goals for career success

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program—True2U—a collaboration between the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Neighborhood Leadership Institute—provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set goals for success.

Business professionals are invited to volunteer as True2U mentors for the program for the 2017-2018 school year. This career exploration and mentoring program focuses on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two or three mentors with small groups of students once a month, for the duration of the school year, and will be supported by a CMSD teacher once a month.

Click here for more information about True2U.

If you have questions, or want to sign up as a mentor, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

Could your summer internship program connect
to Cleveland students?

It’s well-established that internships and jobs for youth during the summer can have an immediate economic impact for a student on a tight budget and the experience can benefit both the intern and the employer for many years afterward.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s own annual Cleveland Internship Summit continues to highlight how many business professionals look back to summer internships and other structured experiential learning experiences as being extremely beneficial to their careers.

There is always a need for more of these impactful opportunities, particularly for students in more distressed Cleveland neighborhoods.

If you have an interest in learning more about how your summer internship program could potentially connect to these students this summer or in the future, please contact Shana Marbury at or 216.592.2249.

Your input is needed on Ohio’s career tech standards

The Ohio Department of Education has a plan for keeping Ohio’s Career Technical Content Standards current with employers’ changing needs, so that students are always learning the industry skills they need for careers and college.

The Department will revise the career-technical standards in all 16 career fields on a five-year, rotating cycle, updating a set of standards each year. This begins in 2017 with Ohio’s information technology, engineering and manufacturing technology standards.

As the first step, the department is asking for input from industry professionals.

Please complete this survey by May 6 about the standards in the career field or fields most relevant to your work. Your review will help ensure that the standards are clearly written, industry relevant and in sync with what students will learn in post-secondary programs and aligned with industry credential requirements.

Click for more information or email a career field program specialist.

Stokes commemoration offers variety of events

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Commission on Economic Inclusion are proud to be partners in the yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland.

Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, a founding co-chair of the Commission, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through the civil rights movement and beyond.

Dozens of events are scheduled throughout the year including community forums, lectures, as well as art and photography exhibits.

Click for information on current and upcoming events.

Slavic Village named as Cleveland Chain Reaction’s
winning neighborhood

Slavic Village, an east-side neighborhood in the City of Cleveland, has been selected as the host neighborhood for Cleveland Chain Reaction, an economic development project that will match local investors with local entrepreneurs to open five new businesses in the city in 2017.

The total economic boost to the neighborhood will likely exceed $1 million.

Five local investors—Fred Geis, Andrew Jackson, Lillian Kuri, Justin Miller, and Claudia Young—have committed to the project. They each have pledged a minimum of $130,000 to invest in a local scale-up business.

Collectively, the five new businesses that open during Chain Reaction will bring jobs and additional economic activity to the neighborhood. The five investors were responsible for choosing Slavic Village as the winning neighborhood.

Clark Fulton, Collinwood, and St. Clair Superior were the other finalists along with Slavic Village.

Cleveland Chain Reaction is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs who are interested in being considered as one of the final five companies who will work with investors to grow a business in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.

Click for details about applying.

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