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Federal leaders support Great Lakes agenda

Congress recently adjourned for the year. In one of its final acts, the Senate passed legislative provisions widely known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016—a bill strongly supported by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition. President Obama signed the legislation this past Friday.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership was co-founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of about 40 chambers from across the Midwest that jointly lobby Congress on key priority areas, including: transportation infrastructure, border crossings, highly-skilled immigration, base load energy, and water.

The Coalition worked with members from across the Great Lakes states to support specific provisions related to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund allocation to the Great Lakes Navigation System, reauthorization of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and several other initiatives that were in the final bill.

The GCP also supported language in the same legislation that further restricts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to dump contaminated dredge material from the Cuyahoga River in Lake Erie.

We applaud our U.S. Senators and the Northeast Ohio congressional delegation for their support of these initiatives.

GCP Board of Directors meeting highlights

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on December 14 at the GCP Offices. Here’s a summary of the meeting highlights

Two Board member appointments were approved

Sean Richardson, president, Huntington Bank of Greater Cleveland (photo left), to a seat on the Board; and

Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO, KeyCorp, to a past chair seat. Mooney served GCP Board chair from 2014 to 2016.

Click here to see the current roster of our Board
, which is composed of s composed of CEOs of small, mid-sized and large companies in the Cleveland Plus region.

Other members include the executives who lead our major health care, educational, and venture capital organizations.

GCP 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda approved

The Board also gave its approval to the 2017-2018 GCP Public Policy Agenda, which will serve as a road map of the GCP’s federal, state and local public policy objectives for the next two years. It will be published in January.

Stokes Commemoration commences in January

GCP Board member Dr. Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College, discussed plans for the 2017 Stokes Commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes becoming the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.

It will also celebrate the work and legacy of his brother, the late Congressman Louis Stokes, who also was a co-founder of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP.

The effort will be spearheaded by Tri-C and includes the involvement of several past and current GCP Board members, elected officials and other leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit, education and philanthropic communities. A year of events and activities will kick off in January.

Click here to learn more.

A year of accomplishments while challenges remain

This past year was one of significant accomplishments and positive results, while challenges remain. Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman discussed the successes of 2016 at the December 14th Board meeting as well as issues and initiatives that will continue to require attention in 2017.

Accomplishments included:

  • Flawless hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention that brought with it the completion of the Public Square renovation and 15,000 impressed media from around the world.
  • Generation-old sports facilities delivered on spirit, excitement and economic impact while investment in those facilities continues.

  • All major GCP advocacy positions resulted in positive outcomes that continued to spur our community’s economic momentum.

  • Cleveland Development Advisors, the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, invested $44 million into catalytic neighborhood projects and has attracted $60 million in New Market Tax Credits for 2017 projects.

  • Our award-winning Business Development Team completed more than 420 business retention site visits exceeding the annual goal by over 20 percent.

  • The team also managed or participated in the management of 34 projects generating nearly 3,000 jobs, new payroll of $141M and the retention of 2,000 jobs.

  • The Commission on Economic Inclusion presented successful conferences on implicit bias and the NFL’s Rooney Rule attended by 450 business leaders and executives.

  • The organization alignment was completed with realized efficiencies and board engagement.

  • Education and workforce development efforts began creating an emerging partnership with the county on workforce priorities and launched GCP Internship Central and small business internship program.

  • As the lead business partner for True2U, the GCP recruited 124 business volunteers as mentors, bringing greater career awareness to two-thirds of Cleveland Metropolitan School District eighth-graders, while preparing to reach 100 percent of eighth-grade students in the 2017-2018 school year.

Challenges remain in 2017

Several projects and initiatives will need the GCP’s continued focus in the new year including:
  • The Lakefront Pedestrian Bridge project to move it forward;

  • Opportunity Corridor where progress has slowed;

  • Continued support for The Cleveland Plan, which is making progress toward improving education outcomes for Cleveland’s children, but it is slow. In addition, the teachers’ contract has not been approved.

  • A variety of workforce issues; and

  • Serious social issues are looming such as the drug epidemic and there is a need to determine the role of the business community.

J.D. Power ranking of Hopkins does not tell the full story

J.D. Power & Associates recently released its 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, placing Hopkins International Airport (CLE) last among medium-sized airports. The study measured overall traveler satisfaction based on five factors, including airport accessibility, security check, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, and terminal shopping.

The Airport scored a 704 out of 1,000 in 2016 and 698 out of 1,000 in the 2015 study.

We feel some perspective is warranted.

Data for the J.D. Power airport ratings for both 2016 and 2015 were compiled while the airport was undergoing significant construction. They do not provide a fair representation of the final result of these improvements that were completed in time for guests arriving for the Republican National Convention.

The year-long construction included modernization and upgrading to the exterior façade on the passenger terminal building for the upper and lower levels and the ticketing lobby project on the ticketing and baggage claims levels.

The façade improvements included an upgrade to the existing exterior “skin” structural panels, new lighting, exterior frontage glass and canopy ceilings, structural columns, doorway vestibules, and sidewalk areas.

The terminal ticketing lobby improvements included lighting, skylight systems, and color schemes as well as improvements to the checkpoints. Upgrades on the baggage-claim level improved windows, entry vestibules, exterior soffits and lighting. Improvements outside of baggage claim included a new canopy to shelter passengers waiting for shuttles on the center island.

During construction, passengers needed to arrive much earlier than normal. Auto and passenger traffic flow was altered during this period. Airlines needed to shift their ticket counters to different areas on the ticketing level to allow construction crews to work.

Upgrades to parking; security checkpoints reconfigured

At this same time, CLE also completed Phase II of it parking redevelopment program by installing canopies in the Red and Orange lots. The location to access shuttles for car rental, off-site parking and hotels was also altered.

Further, TSA security checkpoints were reconfigured as Checkpoint B was closed for renovation resulting in added time and frustration. TSA staffing issues also were addressed.

Post-construction positive comments

As Interim Director Fred Szabo has noted: “During this J.D. Power rating period, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was conducting a major construction project, which had a significant impact on customers’ opinions of our airport. Since the conclusion of the project, we have seen significant improvement and a highly positive response from our passengers.

“We are confident that trend will continue, and future surveys will more accurately reflect the dramatic improvements made at CLE.

“We also experienced a period of longer TSA security lines before the security checkpoints were reconfigured last year. We have worked closely with our partners at the TSA as they increased and realigned their staffing which has resulted in significant checkpoint throughput improvements.

“We look forward to continuing to improve the customer’s experience at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.”

Though a source of inconvenience and frustration at the time, the resulting improvements provide a significant upgrade to the airport that will continue to serve CLE travelers.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership works closely and in partnership with Mayor Jackson and airport leadership on air service development issues through the GCP’s Air Service Demand Task Force, including the capital plan.

Frontier Airlines resuming nonstop service from CLE
to West Coast cities

Frontier Airlines
has announced that it will resume nonstop service from Cleveland to several West Coast cities in April 2017, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland. Routes to all four cities will run three or four days a week, depending on the destination.

As reported in The Plain Dealer, these flights were first launched in Spring 2016 as part of a major Frontier expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). However, the routes were seasonal; there was no guarantee they would return for a second year.

The re-launched flights come with low prices, including $79 one-way fares to San Francisco and Seattle in late April. Service to Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, also resume in late April, with three flights per week to each of the southern cities.

Jim Faulkner, a spokesman for Frontier, said the airline frequently reallocates planes seasonally, adding capacity to places such as Florida and Las Vegas in the winter. The airline will offer three flights a day from Cleveland to Orlando on some days this month.

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Business professionals needed for mock interviews
with CMSD 11th graders; two dates available

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 with a small group of 11th graders.

The interviews will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 10: 30 a.m. at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 East 30th Street, and on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Washington Park Environmental Studies, 3875 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105.

The purpose is to help prepare the students for real-life job interviews by acting as the interviewer and providing constructive feedback to the students.

Please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or with questions or to volunteer. You may select one date or volunteer at both schools. Please indicate your preference when confirming your participation.

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.

GCP helping to connect employers and students through job shadowing experiences

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is helping to connect Northeast Ohio employers with prep2practice™, an online tool powered by The Center for Health Affairs that matches students with real-life job shadowing experiences in several occupations. They include:

  • Healthcare
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Creative industries and more
This system provides a centralized online location for students, schools and businesses to work collaboratively to create and coordinate prep2practice experiences. Click here to see how it works.

Prep2practice benefits Northeast Ohio in several ways including:
  • Businesses discover their future workforce by expanding their reach.
  • Schools make the connection with local businesses to help students find their future career.
  • Students discover the possibilities of their future through real-life job shadowing experiences.
Are you a business or school interested in prep2practice? Do you know a student who may be interested in a prep2practice experience?

To get started, please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or

Help develop the future manufacturing workforce

The WIRE-Net youth workforce team is looking for manufacturing companies to provide internship opportunities for qualified welding, machining, and manufacturing design (CADD) students from Max S. Hayes High School.

Internships can be a winning workforce recruitment strategy by providing a short-term work experience that potentially leads to long-term employment.

While each internship is flexible based on company and student needs, most internships share these common characteristics:
  • Liability insurance for students participating in an internship will be covered by Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Students have approximately 360 classroom hours in their career pathway by the time they reach their senior year and have continuously reviewed safety protocols.
  • Internships begin in mid-January and last through the month of April.
  • Interns work in the afternoon for approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Employers determine the rate of pay, but it must be at least minimum wage.
  • A company sponsor is assigned to mentor the intern while on-site.
  • At least one review session will occur among the student, teacher, and company mentor.
More information can be found here.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email Brianna Schultz, WIREnet’s director of Youth Programs at

Chemical Bank has a hometown approach

Chemical Bank is the largest bank headquartered in Michigan and has been serving individuals, families and businesses since 1917. Throughout its history, Chemical Bank’s hometown approach to banking has remained steadfast and focused on community banking, highlighted by local leadership and decision-making, a devotion to community and personalized service.

As a Community Bank, Chemical Bank actively invests in its communities. In addition to the financial support provided to local organizations, employees dedicate countless volunteer efforts on an ongoing basis. Chemical Bank employees are leaders, members and volunteers of charitable organizations and community events.

“We are excited about doing business in Ohio and look forward to bringing our same operating philosophy into these new markets,” said Jamie Lynch, regional president, Northeast Ohio.

“Through our partnership with the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we look forward to serving as a catalyst for economic growth across this important region. Through involvement with GCP and partnering with our customers and communities, we hope to continue expanding into Ohio and bettering each of the communities we serve.

“It is our standard to constantly provide a banking experience that exceeds the expectations of our customers and every community that we are a part of,” Lynch added. “The success of every community member is paramount to our own success. This banking philosophy is consistently put into action at our local offices and through charitable efforts outside of our organization.”

To learn more about Chemical Bank’s commitment to its communities, visit

Chemical Bank, Creating Community Chemistry. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Happy Holidays from GCP

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s offices will be closed:
  • Friday, December 23, 2016

  • Monday, December 26, 2016 and

  • Monday, January 2, 2017.
The next issue of Every Monday will be posted on Monday, January 2. We thank our Board and our members for your support and extend our best wishes for a happy new year!