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Speaking out to protect the Great Lakes and Cleveland's waterways

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and its public and private-sector partners are speaking out at the federal and state levels to support water quality funding and legislation to protect the Great Lakes and Cleveland's waterways.

See the stories below for a summary of what we’re saying.

Full federal funding urged to protect the Great Lakes

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland Water Alliance today issued the following joint statement in response to the federal budget proposal released last week:

“We stand in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“Our lake, Lake Erie is a treasured asset and the most vulnerable of the five Great Lakes. It accounts for $10.7 billion in economic impact and roughly 30 percent of all tourism dollars that come to our state. This economic impact trickles into nearly every aspect of our community.

“The federal government must continue fully funding GLRI to preserve, protect and enhance the Great Lakes. We will work closely with our partners across the region and with our members of Congress to ensure this funding is restored.”

GCP supports Ohio Senate water quality reform bill

The Ohio Senate recently passed Senate Bill 2, a water quality reform bill that will continue efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state.

The bill also includes important provisions that will strengthen requirements for the disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities. The Greater Cleveland Partnership provided testimony on the bill and has long been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes.

In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favors SB 2, to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River, an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland.

“Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River provide significant social and economic benefit to our region and the State of Ohio,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, in written testimony.

“Ensuring the Cuyahoga River is dredged appropriately and that dredged material is disposed of properly are critical to maintaining the economic strength of the industries that rely on these shipping channels.”

You can read GCP’s full testimony here.

Joe Roman comments on Great Lakes priority projects

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman commented on the list of priority infrastructure projects recently submitted to Congressional representatives from the Great Lakes region in this 90.3 WCPN story.

The priorities were submitted by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, of which the GCP is a founding member. The Coalition also expressed strong support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is facing a possible 97 percent budget cut.

Click here
to read the story or listen to the interview.

Great Lakes priorities focus of WVIZ interview

Learn more about the priorities presented in Washington, D.C. by the Great Lakes Chambers Metro Chambers Coalition.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Government Advocacy Marty McGann (right in photo) discussed the efforts of the Coalition in this interview with ideastream WVIZ host Rick Jackson (left in photo).

Click to watch.

GCP Board discusses proposed state budget

Last week at its quarterly meeting, the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board exchanged perspectives on the state operating budget proposal currently making its way through the Ohio General Assembly.

This legislation must be signed by Governor Kasich by June 30. Much of the discussion focused on the tax reform portions of the budget proposal, including proposed tax cuts, tax expansions, collapsing the number of tax brackets, and central collection of municipal business taxes.

Board members also received information on the education/workforce, health care, technology and transportation portions of the proposal.

Click for more information on the governor’s proposed budget.

D&I Assessment is available until March 31

Has your company completed the new and improved Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Organization Assessment from the Commission on Economic Inclusion?

The online tool is available to all Greater Cleveland Partnership members. Employers who complete the Assessment will receive immediate feedback upon making their final submission, along with resources that can be useful for internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.

Please note that the Assessment is available only until Friday, March 31.

The first 10 organizations that complete the Assessment for the first time this year will receive one free registration for the Commission’s annual Inclusion Conference in August—a $125 value.

For more information about or assistance with completing the Assessment, please contact Scott Harrington at or 216.592.2213.

Why your company should participate

Collectively, the results of the Commission’s D&I Assessment function as a barometer of inclusion in Northeast Ohio.

In addition, individual employers will have a tool and benchmarks for examining their diversity and inclusion efforts.

Your participation will provide you with:
  • A report with the aggregate results of all employers’ data, which includes benchmark data.
  • A confidential individual score card, along with suggested resources, useful for your organization’s internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.
  • Opportunities for recognition of your diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Click to learn more about the Assessment.

GCP LEAD: Emerging leaders wanted

We are now accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2017 GCP LEAD Cohort 2. You may nominate one or two individuals.

GCP LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) was created because the GCP recognizes the importance of cultivating our region’s future business and community leaders through the work of the GCP. 

The GCP LEAD group will be an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from member companies with at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the areas of economic development, education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and business and physical development. 

Members of the cohort will dive into a “GCP immersion experience” by participating in our current work and partnerships. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, GCP LEAD members are encouraged to stay engaged in the organization. GCP staff will work to place them in the areas that best suit their interests and strengths.

Nomination requirements

  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • Employed by a GCP-member company
  • Have an interest in the work of the GCP

Nomination process

All candidates must be nominated by their organization’s president/CEO via an email to Angela Finding at stating their intent to nominate, the nominee’s name, title and contact information.

REMINDER:  Once nominated, the candidate is required complete a GCP LEAD questionnaire (for informational purposes only).

Please click here for information on participation fees and additional details about the program. 

If you have questions, contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or

Academies of Cleveland: Help CMSD 11th graders develop job-interview skills

As part of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s college and career readiness work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland schools, we are helping to identify business professionals who are interested in conducting mock interviews on Friday, March 24 with 11th graders at Martin Luther King High Jr. School located at 1651 East 71st Street, Cleveland, OH 44103. 

The interviews will take place over two shifts from 9 to 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers can select a shift or choose to stay the whole time. 

The purpose is to help prepare the students for real-life job interviews by acting as the interviewer and providing constructive feedback. Please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or with questions or to volunteer. Please indicate your shift preference when confirming your participation.

About the Academies of Cleveland

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) is a new approach to 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 focuses on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. The AoC schools work to ensure 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.

True2U: Employers needed to host out-of-school experiences for CMSD eighth-graders

True2U is a youth development and career exploration mentoring program designed for eighth grade Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students. True2U is a shared vision of community, business, faith-based, philanthropic and educational leaders.

A key component of the True2U experience for students is it to give them “out-of-school experiences” that introduce them to career opportunities from a variety of sectors. The business community is an integral partner in this work. Our goal is to recruit employers to partner with us by hosting one or more groups of CMSD eighth-graders during their out-of-school experience. 

All participating organizations will host a group of eighth-graders ranging from 15-65 students beginning at 9 or 10:30 a.m. during the weekdays of April 1-May 5. They will spend 90 minutes introducing the students to their organization and showing them the breadth of career options available. 

Agendas for the day can be determined by each organization in coordination with True2U staff and can include some or all of the following:
  • An organization overview
  • A tour of the facilities
  • A demonstration or hands-on experience (if possible) and
  • A panel discussion showcasing the diversity of careers within the organization with staff sharing their career paths and choices.
If you are interested in being a host organization or have additional questions, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

During in-school mentor lead advisory sessions, True2U students have been exploring potential career paths available to them. But no amount of in-class activity or discussion can capture the level of engagement and in-depth learning students can have when provided the opportunity to venture beyond the classroom and experience the day-to-day operations of an organization. 

By participating in this activity, your organization will give True2U students this opportunity and expose them to the possibilities that exist for their futures.

True2U is supported by community leaders from the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Currently in year two of its three-year phase in, True2U is serving approximately 1,600 eighth-grade students in partnership with over 200 business and community volunteer mentors. 

By year three, True2U will serve every eighth-grade CMSD student—there are approximately 2,500—with the assistance of over 600 mentors. 

If you are interested in learning more about mentoring for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Angela Finding at

Creating jobs, sparking investment in Cleveland neighborhoods

The Cleveland Chain Reaction is a new initiative that follows in the footsteps of the CNBC/LeBron James “Cleveland Hustles,” a reality television series aired on CNBC in 2016.

While inspired by “Cleveland Hustles,” The Cleveland Chain Reaction is an independent and unrelated effort with some of the same Clevelanders involved to support the continued opportunity that “Cleveland Hustles” sparked.

It is being produced to create jobs, investment and prosperity in Cleveland’s neighborhoods while providing education and information for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to benefit our community. Find out more from the FAQs.

The Cleveland Chain Reaction is produced by:

Go behind the scenes at NASA Glenn

Did you know that you can learn about the latest rocket science research right here in Cleveland?

From April through October, the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center will offer public tours of its research facilities once a month.

The tours will be a unique blend of education and entertainment. Visitors can explore America’s research facilities and see where scientists and engineers develop propulsion, power and communication technologies for NASA’s aeronautics and space programs.

The first tour
, on Saturday, April 1, will take you through the Electric Propulsion Laboratory where you’ll see two huge vacuum chambers that simulate the space environment.

A tour bus will depart from Glenn's main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a stop at Glenn's Gift Shop.

Click here for information about the tours and how to register.

Above image: NASA Glenn vacuum chamber (photo from NASA Glenn website)