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Water quality bill awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature

Last week Senate Bill 2—the Ohio General Assembly’s environmental protection legislation—was sent to Governor Kasich for his signature.

Senate Bill 2 will continue efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen policies and regulations that will improve the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state.

The bill will also strengthen requirements for the disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities. This provision is beneficial for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership works closely with the Port to advocate for timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River, an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland.

“We are pleased to see this legislation go to the governor, and we look forward to him signing it,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy.

“Focusing on the quality of our Great Lakes is more important than ever. Senate Bill 2 is a vital tool to support this focus.”

You can read the GCP’s previous testimony in support of the legislation here. An analysis of the legislation can be read here.

Welcome, new GCP members

Meet the Northeast Ohio companies that recently joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership as Investor members.

Click the links below to learn more about them.

CEO insights: Health care’s shifting landscape

Accelerating Middle-Market Progress, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, presented its first CEO Forum last week, featuring a conversation with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual (photo left), and GCP Board member Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System.

About 45 CEOs attended the program at Ruth’s Chris Steak House to hear the business leaders’ perspectives on how they are managing costs in the ever-shifting health care landscape while continuing to provide the best possible outcomes for policy holders and patents.

They also provided insights into how they are working to ensure that their organizations’ values and cultures support a clearly defined corporate mission and vision; how to keep employees engaged, motivated and connected; and how they are able to balance the demands of leadership with life outside of work.

Above photo (left to right): GCP Executive Vice President Steve Millard, who moderated the discussion, Rick Chiricosta and Dr. Akram Boutros.

Many thanks to our speakers and to our AMMP sponsors:

Efforts expanding to advance D&I inclusion in the workplace

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, was created in 2000 by a cohort of CEOs from more than 40 of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers to make the region’s diversity a “source of economic strength.”

After 17 years, it is still going strong, providing tools, resources, programs and the sharing of best practices to assist organizations from a variety of industry segments with internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning. This includes the participation of 90+ Northeast Ohio employers in the Commission’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment.

This effort is now being mirrored in a new national initiative, the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion,™ which is described as “the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

“CEOs recognize that change starts with them. With more than 150 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations, our goal is to leverage our individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Several GCP members with a presence or headquarters in Northeast Ohio are among the participating companies:
  • Accenture
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Energy
  • Huntington National Bank
  • KeyBank
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • United Airlines
  • US Bank
Click to learn more.

EY names its Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurs of the Year

Congratulations to these executives from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies named as winners of EY’s 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Northeast Ohio region.

Brett Lindsey from Everstream and John Nottingham and John Spirk from Nottingham Spirk were among those honored at a gala on June 22 at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Since its founding in 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and 60 countries.

Regional award winners will become eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.

Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 18.

Click to read more.

Cities Rising: “Cleveland’s Cultural Comeback”

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman is featured at the beginning of Yahoo! News’ “Cities Rising” segment (Part 2) about Cleveland.

Its focus is on “Cleveland’s Cultural Comeback” and takes a look at some of the city’s arts, cultural and food-scene highlights including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Playhouse Square, and the West Side Market.

Click to watch.