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Key considerations in finalizing the new state budget

In this “GCP Insight” video, State Representative Sarah LaTourette, who is serving her second term in the Ohio House, talks with Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of advocacy, about some of her recent legislative priorities.

They include health care and key considerations that were discussed in the process of finalizing the new state budget.

Click to watch.

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

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.

  • 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.

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.

More nonstop service coming to Hopkins Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will offer new nonstop service by Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines starting later this year with a new route also coming in 2018.

Frontier adding route to Miami

Frontier is adding three-times-a-week service between Hopkins and Miami International Airport, starting Oct. 5.

The new flight will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cleveland at 9:45 a.m., arriving in Miami at 12:46 p.m. The return flight leaves Miami at 1:45 p.m., landing in Cleveland at 4:44 p.m. Fares start at $59 one way and are on sale now.

Southwest announces service to Milwaukee, Fort Myers

Southwest has announced twice-daily service to Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE) from Hopkins beginning November 5.

The flights to Milwaukee will depart from CLE at 6:25 a.m. and 7 p.m. with return flights from Milwaukee leaving at 6:10 a.m. and 3:25 p.m.

Starting January13 , Southwest will add weekend-only nonstop service between Hopkins and Fort Myers, Florida.

Service will run Saturdays and Sundays through at least May, according to the airport, although tickets are currently only available through early March. The departure times from Cleveland are 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Return trips depart from Fort Myers at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:45 p.m. Sunday. One-way fares start at $116.

The route replaces a similar, seasonal, Saturday-only route the airline operated between Cleveland and Orlando.

“Despite what may have been thought with the loss of the United hub, Hopkins has shown a remarkable recovery,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Our 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.

“While our ongoing focus is to make sure that the needs of the business community are met, the growth in the number of nonstop flights across the board is extremely positive.

“It continues to demonstrate that Cleveland isn’t a pass-through market. The strong demand remains for air service originating from Cleveland and from passengers who have Cleveland as their destination.”

Cleveland City Council President receives Small Business Advocate of the Year Award

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE, have selected Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley as the recipient of the 2016 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.

GCP Board member Kevin Johnson of Glenwood Management Company praised the Council President for his foresight on issues directly impacting Cleveland’s small businesses.

“Our members are appreciative of Council President Kelley’s leadership during a time in which Cleveland is experiencing substantial success,” Johnson said.

“Thankfully, the Council President recognizes the importance of job creation and business growth and we look forward to building upon the momentum the City of Cleveland is currently experiencing.”

The award was presented to Kelley at Speed Exterminating, a small business in Cleveland. Speed Exterminating is a family-owned residential and commercial pest control company founded in 1908. John Young, president of Speed Exterminating, also is a GCP Board member.

Council President Kelley said he is appreciative of the recognition.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, because GCP and COSE have a long-standing tradition of fostering economic development and supporting small businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and efforts to foster new ones and strengthen and grow existing businesses improve the City of Cleveland and the broader region.”

Above photo: City Council President Kevin Kelley (third from left) accepted the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award presented at Speed Exterminating, a Cleveland small business. Others present included GCP Board members Kevin Johnson, John Young and Mike Stanek.

GCP staffer wins top sales award

Congratulations to Mark Nowak, a member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE Membership Development and Marketing Team, who won the American Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)’s 2017 National Sales Contest for chambers with more than $1.5 million in dues income.

Mark placed first based on the number of personal sales in this category. He was honored last week at the ACCE 2017 Convention in Nashville.

Other team members also finished in the top 10 in this category: John Wilhelm (No. 2), who is no longer with the organization; Jason Guyer (No. 7) and Paul Marnecheck (No 9).

Kudos to all!

Amplify your ambition at JumpStart’s “Startup Scaleup”

Whether you’re looking to launch your first venture or grow an established company, JumpStart’s “Startup Scapeup” event on Tuesday, August 15 has something for you.

Register now for a full day of learning, networking and storytelling in the Gordon Square Arts District—for only $20! 

Here are a few of this year’s agenda highlights:

The Art of the Exit: Featuring Former Yelp CFO Rob Krolik: Whether there’s an IPO or an acquisition in your company’s future, get an insiders perspective on getting to the exit from the CFO who helped take Yelp public in 2012.

The New Benefits PackageCortney Marchetti, former HR leader at Lyft and Shutterfly teams up with BoxCast founder Gordon Daily to explore how businesses are attracting top talent with a combination of traditional benefits and brand-new perks.

Startup Stories: Life After Exit: Explorys co-founder Steve McHale–whose company was acquired by IBM—joins Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor Alex Bard—who has sold companies to Salesforce and AOL—to discuss what happens after the entrepreneurial dream comes true.

Silicon Valley Money, Midwest Zip Code: John Locke from Silicon Valley VC firm Accel joins two Ohio startups—Root and Everything But The House—to discuss how companies are attracting coastal capital without giving up their Midwest addresses.

With your registration, you’ll receive two $5 snack tickets and one $10 lunch ticket for use at participating restaurants.

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JumpStart is part of the regional economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.