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The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Government Advocacy Team continues to work on priority issues that impact GCP members and the Greater Cleveland business community. Here’s an overview of recent involvement at the state level.

Updates: State budget process and congressional redistricting reform

Important policy issues continue to be debated at the Ohio Statehouse leading up to a new two-year state budget deal that will need to be in place by the end of June.

So, where are policymakers in the process?

In this segment of “GCP Insight”, Sante Ghetti, the GCP’s vice president of advocacy, speaks with State Senator Frank LaRose about the state budget and the possibility of congressional redistricting reform.

Click to watch.

A conversation with Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee member Mike Stanek

Learn more about Ohio’s medical marijuana legalization process in this “GCP Insight” conversation with Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Mike Stanek, a member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee and Sante Ghetti, the GCP’s vice president of advocacy.

The discussion includes an update on what’s being done around application for both small and large cultivator licenses and what employers should know about protecting their rights.

Click to watch.

The GCP Insight video series features conversations about topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

GCP submits testimony on importance of access to capital

On June 13th, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) submitted testimony to the Ohio House Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development Committee regarding House Bill 10 (HB 10), legislation that would permit intrastate crowdfunding in Ohio.

Building capacity and improving access to capital for businesses across the state is just one of the many important undertakings outlined by GCP members in the GCP 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda.

HB 10 would allow Ohioans to invest in businesses through an online OhioInvests Portal.

“Access to capital promotes stability and greater predictability and can allow entrepreneurs to create jobs and thrive in an ever-changing environment,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy.

“The importance of continuing to make strides to maintain an economic environment conducive to startup entrepreneurship cannot be understated, and the need for Ohio to not lose ground on strides made in other states is critical to our collective success.”

Click to read the GCP’s submission to the Ohio General Assembly on HB 10.

Commission 20 highlights broader list of strong performers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion's recognition of Northeast Ohio employers for their progress in creating, enhancing and sustaining their diversity and inclusion strategies includes selecting the Commission 20.

This group is composed of the Best-in-Class winners and those organizations who were strong contenders for a Best-in-Class award.

This recognition is based on their responses to the Commission’s Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment.

Congratulations to these companies and organizations: 
  • Accenture
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Enterprise
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Huntington National Bank
  • JumpStart, Inc.
  • Kent State University
  • KeyCorp
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • The Albert M. Higley Co.
  • The MetroHealth System
  • U. S. Bank
  • University Hospitals

Cleveland Europe Express shipping schedule announced

The shipping schedule beginning this week for the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service, operated by Spliethoff Transport BV, has been announced.

The Cleveland-Europe Express is the only direct, scheduled vessel service that moves containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe through the Port of Antwerp.

Click for the schedule.

For more information on the CEE, click here.