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CDA invests in new home for The Children’s Museum

Cleveland Development Advisors
(CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, provided an $8 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation for the new Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC).

CMC has acquired and is renovating the Stager Beckwith mansion on Euclid Avenue in MidTown, one of the last remaining mansions of Cleveland’s historic Millionaire’s Row. The three-acre property is conveniently located two blocks from I-90 and on the Healthline.

It will provide the museum a larger home complete with green space for an outdoor play area and ample parking.

CMC is Northeast Ohio’s only museum exclusively dedicated to young children. The new facility will provide an early childhood education and cultural experience to over 100,000 children and their families annually.

Chase served as the NMTC investor and Huntington National Bank provided a bridge loan for capital campaign pledges. This project also marks the first loan made from CDA’s Community Reinvestment Fund.

The Children's Museum of Cleveland will open late 2017.

Update on medical marijuana in Ohio

As the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and our members continue to monitor the implementation of medical marijuana in the State of Ohio, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently announced an updated timeline.

The first marijuana cultivator licenses will likely be awarded in November. While cultivator licenses could be awarded earlier than November, state officials believe that time frame is a safe prediction.

The Ohio Department of Commerce is currently reviewing 185 cultivator applications; ultimately, that number will be reduced to 24 cultivator licenses.

Meanwhile, the application process for processors and dispensaries will begin shortly after cultivator licenses are announced. The proposed dispensary districts, which were announced last month, have been receiving formal comments from the public through last week.

The entire program is required by law to be operational by September 2018.

The GCP did not take a formal position on the medical marijuana legislation that is now Ohio law. Instead, we worked with key state partners to successfully secure employer rights’ provisions in the legislation to ensure employers were not prohibited from establishing and enforcing a drug testing policy, drug-free workplace policy, or zero-tolerance drug policy.

A Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee was formed to provide guidance on the implementation of the law. GCP Board member Michael Stanek was appointed by Governor Kasich to serve on the committee to represent employers’ views as regulatory proceedings continue.

State Senator Dolan visits GCP/COSE member company

As members of the Ohio General Assembly spend more time in their districts throughout the summer, State Senator Matt Dolan recently took time to tour and learn more about Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Comany, a Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE member business dedicated to crafting high-quality and healthy skin and hair care products.

The family-owned and operated company, located in Solon, is truly a family business. Its 13 employees all contribute to making, packaging and shipping its products to every state in the U.S. and, at last count, to over 215 countries worldwide.

"Sam and his mom, Ida, are the purest form of being entrepreneurs,” said Senator Dolan.

“From an idea at home to a global business—all achieved because they believed in themselves. I am so impressed with their product, unique business plan and passion for service. A true gem in Northeast Ohio."

“Not only does having State Senator Dolan come here show that he has his ear to the ground of local business, but it showcases his and GCP’s and COSE's desire and ability together, to help give local small businesses a voice,” said Sam Friedman.

“It also allowed me to do something I love, which is to showcase how proud we are of what we do! We don't often have the ability to do that with our elected officials, so this was a rewarding experience for all of us."

All Chagrin Valley’s recipes are invented, created and manufactured in its Solon facility. Nothing is outsourced, and ingredients are USDA certified organic and produced by sustainable methods.

Click here to learn more about Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve and its products.

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Above photo: State Senator Matt Dolan (second from the right) with Ida and Sam Friedman and members of the Chagrin Valley Soap team.

CLE passenger numbers leap by 11.3 percent in June

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is in the middle of its busiest summer travel period for originating passenger activity since 2001.

In June, CLE welcomed 878,630 passengers, which 826,234 were Origin and Destination (O & D) passengers. O & D passengers are not just passing through the building and connecting to another flight; they are travelers who help stimulate jobs and economic activity within the community.

Thus far in 2017, CLE has welcomed 4,338,529 guests, an almost quarter million passenger growth from a very busy 2016. During the same period last year, CLE welcomed 4,108,417 passengers.

“The airlines see the demand in Cleveland, and they are responding by adding service to the places passengers want to go,” said Airport Director Robert Kennedy. “We already know of a 10 percent increase in airline seats for 2017 over 2016, which speaks to the strength of the Cleveland marketplace, and we anticipate more announcements before the end of 2017.”

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Air Service Demand Task Force, chaired by Lee Thomas, retired partner with Ernst and Young, continues working with the City of Cleveland and CLE to ensure that important markets are served by nonstop flights.

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Get involved and help build Cleveland’s talent pipeline

From talking and listening to our members of all sizes from all across the region, we know that their single biggest issue of concern is talent. 

Educational attainment, a focus on skills development, and improving the level of talent within the workplace are key areas of opportunity for business community involvement.

One way for direct involvement—right now—is for our member companies to offer True2U—a career awareness and mentoring program for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders—as an opportunity for your employees to volunteer as mentors for the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting in October, they will work with eighth-grade students to create career awareness and goals for success on a monthly basis. The program uses a unique advisory model in which small groups of students are led by a team of two to three mentors and supported by a CMSD teacher. 

Why participate?

As you know, the business community is an essential component in efforts to prepare our youth to be successful as adults in tomorrow’s workplace.

One part of the solution to the challenge of attracting and retaining talent lies in early exposure to career pathways and helping students make decisions that best position them for lifetime success.

Our goal: To connect with all CMSD eighth-graders

More than 150 business volunteers recruited by the GCP joined mentors from the wider community in serving approximately 1,700 youth in 44 Cleveland schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

During the 2017-18 school year, True2U’s goal is to serve approximately 2,500 students in 68 schools—every enrolled CMSD eighth-grader—to help prepare them for the transition from middle school to high school.

Three hundred business volunteer mentors are needed.

Getting started with True2U

True2U is the shared vision of community leaders from the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, the CMSD, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Greater Cleveland Faith-Based Collaborative, Inc., and the GCP, the lead business partner.

Share your industry expertise with CMSD high school students

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) focus on 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 concentrates on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. 

We are inviting Greater Cleveland Partnership members to provide industry expertise and interactive, career-exposure experiences for Academies of Cleveland students at Ninth Grade Career Experience Fairs, on Thursday, September 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Each school will have its own fair. Exhibitors will be matched with the high school that fits their industry. 

The Ninth Grade Career Experience Fairs will provide an avenue for all Academies of Cleveland high school freshmen to explore a breadth of career areas in order to better make informed decisions about their future career path. 

We are inviting local companies, businesses intermediaries and industry associations to participate in the fairs by setting up creative, unique and interactive exhibits representing their industry. We are recruiting representatives from the following industries to exhibit at these high schools:

Garrett Morgan

  • Biomedical Science
  • Engineering

Jane Addams

  • Culinary Arts
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing

Martin Luther King Jr.

(Fair to be held Wednesday, September 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.)

  • Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Law and Public Safety

Washington Park

  • Animal Science and Management
  • Horticulture & Landscape Design
  • Industrial Power Technology

Max S. Hayes

  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Manufacturing
If you are interested in participating in the Career Experience Fairs please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385 to sign up or receive further information.

The business community is an essential component to ensuring we are preparing our youth for career opportunities in in-demand industries experiencing a shortage of talent. 

Your participation in the Career Experience Fairs and other Academies of Cleveland business engagement opportunities also ensures 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.

Six businesses named as Cleveland Chain Reaction winners

Six local businesses were awarded a total of more than $1 million last week as winners of Cleveland Chain Reaction, an economic development project aimed at bringing jobs and additional economic activity to the city. They are:
  • Baby Munch
  • Holmes Mouth Watering Applesauce
  • Lina Wines
  • Metro Croissants
  • Midwest Basics
  • Sides to go! BBQ
The opportunity was a concept backed by LeBron James called “Cleveland Hustles,” with local business owners hustling to get their idea off the ground.

Cleveland Chain Reaction is produced by: