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GCP Recommended Projects Funded in the State Capital Bill 

The General Assembly unveiled the 2018 state capital bill last week. Companion bills – HB 529 and SB 266 – were released in the Ohio House and Senate Finance Committees. 

The total bill provides $2.63 billion for capital bill appropriations and roughly $150 million for community projects. Cuyahoga County projects received more than $20 million in funding with more than half of that funding going to projects recommended by GCP. Most notably, $2.5 million was secured to continue efforts to stabilize Irishtown Bend, the hillside along the Cuyahoga River.

“We are grateful to the entire Northeast Ohio delegation and leadership in the House, Senate and Administration for their support of the projects we believe are important to the economic and cultural well-being of Greater Cleveland,” says Joe Roman, GCP’s President and CEO. “We congratulate all of the project sponsors for a job well done and look forward to final passage of the state capital bill.”

GCP’s Vice President of Government Advocacy, Alesha Washington, recently sat down with ideastream’s Rick Jackson to discuss the state capital bill and the timeline for the General Assembly to complete its work on the legislation to prepare it for the Governor’s signature by April 1st. 

Watch the interview.

GCP Testifies on Legislation that Could Impact Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools 

GCP recently provided testimony on SB 216, a public education deregulation bill proposed by Senator Matt Huffman (R – Lima). The legislation, among many things, would propose changes to Ohio’s teacher evaluation system that could impact Cleveland’s current teacher evaluation plan developed under the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools (HB 525). 

GCP played a leading advocacy role in passing HB 525 in 2012. This legislation was critical for laying the ground work to reform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Local leaders who drafted the Cleveland Plan designed a teacher evaluation system, as a part of the plan, that would measure progress on its goals. Marty McGann, GCP’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy stated in written testimony that “Without collective agreement among these [the Cleveland Plan] parties about needed changes to Cleveland’s current system, GCP cannot support language in SB 216 or any other bill that would alter what is currently in state law, enacted in HB 525.”

GCP will continue to monitor progress on SB 216 as it continues to move through the legislative process and will work with the partners of the Cleveland Plan (which include the business community, philanthropy, CMSD, and the teacher’s union) to revisit what was developed in HB 525 to determine any needed changes that should be included in the pending legislation. 

Sold Out Crowd At Third Annual Internship Summit

Over 200 individuals gathered last week at the Cleveland Internship Summit. Chairman and CEO of Swagelok, Arthur Anton, gave the keynote address and shared the success story of Swagelok's internship program and best practices that attendees could implement to create a successful career development program at their organizations.

Scott Brown from Gallup followed and discussed generational differences in the workforce and how to create and retain effective teams. Brown shared the recent research from Gallup on the different generations and the level of engagement in the current environment.

Attendees participated in 2 rounds of breakout sessions and learned how to prepare students for the workforce, evaluate talent and create productive internship programs.

Legal expert James McWeeney and HR consultant Robin Carlin, discussed the legal issues and implications of hiring interns.
Attendees were able to ask the pros from leading organizations KeyBank, Hyland and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District about tips for creating and managing highly successful internship programs.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this amazing event: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Union Home Mortgage.

Learn more about the importance of internships in building the talent pipeline in Northeast Ohio.

Delta Announces New Nonstop Service to Salt Lake City

Delta Air Lines plans to add nonstop service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport  to Salt Lake City. The new service will start on July 9, 2018.

“Increasing both domestic and international air service is a key component of our strategic plan,” says Joe Roman, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership, “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the airport to attract nonstop service to other key domestic locations critical to Cleveland businesses.”
Salt Lake City is one of a handful of high ranked destinations for Clevelanders. The new service will provide customers direct access to the great leisure and business options along Utah’s capital region and many other great one-stop onward destinations.

Learn more.