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Commission announces 2016 Best-in-Class winners

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of Greater Cleveland Partnership, will recognize eight organizations for their diversity and inclusion efforts at the GCP Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel.

The Best-in-Class Award winners are selected based on the results of the Commission’s annual Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment. The assessment is an online tool that collects data on the Commission’s four main areas of focus—board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity—and recognizes top performers in those areas.

The assessment also allows the Commission to provide GCP members with confidential feedback on their individual D&I efforts, including valuable bench marking and comparisons to peer groups. Congratulations to the winners:

Board Diversity

  • Huntington National Bank (large for-profit organization)
  • The MetroHealth System (large nonprofit/government/public entity)
  • JumpStart, Inc. (small/mid-sized organization)

Senior Management

  • Enterprise Holdings (large for-profit organization)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (large nonprofit/government/public entity)

Workforce Diversity

  • Enterprise Holdings (large for-profit organization)
  • Cleveland Clinic (large nonprofit/government/public entity)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (small/mid-sized organization)

Supplier Diversity

  • NASA Glenn Research Center (large nonprofit/government/public entity)

Repeat winners and a first-time honoree

All of the honorees—with one exception—have previously won a Best-in-Class award. JumpStart is a first-time winner.

“We are very excited to win our first Best in Class award from the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Commission on Economic Inclusion,” said JumpStart CEO Ray Leach.

“A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a core part of JumpStart’s mission and it’s very important to us that the makeup of our board and staff reflect this ongoing commitment.”

GCP Annual Report available online

The 2016 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Report is now available online.

It provides an overview of our work in advocacy, business development, education and workforce development, physical development, economic inclusion and more to advance the Northeast Ohio business community’s agenda.

It also includes a summary of accomplishments from our partner organizations BioEnterprise, JumpStart, MAGNET and Cleveland Plus/Team NEO.

Be sure to join us at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel to learn more and for a preview of our progress as we prepare to launch a new strategic plan at year-end.

Business leaders, public officials discuss policy issues in D.C.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and public officials from all levels of government throughout Northeast Ohio descended on Washington, D.C. last week to discuss crucial federal public policy issues.

The Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference was presented by the GCP with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association.

The nonpartisan event connected hundreds of our region’s business leaders with members of Ohio’s congressional delegation and other key officials extending from California to Pennsylvania.

The program allowed for:
  • Unique conversations to take place, for example, on how local governments can leverage federal resources in their communities.

  • Keynote speeches from Facebook, SplashLink, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy in a hearing room in the U.S. Senate’s historic Dirksen Building.

  • An opportunity to go on an exclusive tour of The White House and to attend an interactive White House briefing that included presentations from the Office of Management & Budget and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President where workforce development challenges and tax reform were among the hot topics discussed.

  • The chance to visit Capitol Hill for a legislative forum and to network at a rooftop reception overlooking an unforgettable view of the U.S. Capitol.
The GCP extends a special thanks to Congresswoman Fudge, Congressman Joyce, Congressman Renacci, our partners, and all those who attended or contributed to making this year’s Empowering Local Leadership Conference a big success.

Above photo right: Speakers at the two-day event included Congressman Bill Shuster (PA-9) , chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

GCP urges congressional support to protect NASA Glenn priorities, funding

In partnership with the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, the Greater Cleveland Partnership hosted a congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol on the importance of NASA Glenn Research Center to Northeast Ohio and issued a rallying cry to attendees on the need to protect and grow the economic impact of the Center in the region.

“Ohio’s congressional delegation strongly supports NASA Glenn,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy. “Our elected leaders understand that NASA Glenn’s $600 million in direct spending generates over $1 billion in economic impact that touches every corner of our state.”

Congressional staff from the majority of Ohio’s delegation attended the meeting along with several organizations and companies who work directly with NASA Glenn on their core missions.

The GCP will continue these dialogues with federal elected officials and key businesses to advocate for NASA Glenn’s highest priorities in the upcoming federal budget and other legislative opportunities.

Help CMSD eighth-graders set goals for career success

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program—True2U—a collaboration between the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Neighborhood Leadership Institute—provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set goals for success.

Business professionals are invited to volunteer as True2U mentors for the program for the 2017-2018 school year. This career exploration and mentoring program focuses on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two or three mentors with small groups of students once a month, for the duration of the school year, and will be supported by a CMSD teacher once a month.

Click here for more information about True2U.

If you have questions, or want to sign up as a mentor, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

Could your summer internship program connect 
to Cleveland students?

It’s well-established that internships and jobs for youth during the summer can have an immediate economic impact for a student on a tight budget and the experience can benefit both the intern and the employer for many years afterward. 

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s own annual Cleveland Internship Summit continues to highlight how many business professionals look back to summer internships and other structured experiential learning experiences as being extremely beneficial to their careers.

There is always a need for more of these impactful opportunities, particularly for students in more distressed Cleveland neighborhoods. 

If you have an interest in learning more about how your summer internship program could potentially connect to these students this summer or in the future, please contact Shana Marbury at or 216.592.2249. 

Cleveland Chain Reaction seeking local entrepreneurs; application deadline extended

Cleveland Chain Reaction, an economic development project aimed at bringing jobs and additional economic activity to the city, is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs who are interested in being considered to work with investors to grow their business in the Slavic Village neighborhood.

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, May 29.

Click for details about how to apply.

Visit the website for more information about Cleveland Chain Reaction.

Cleveland Chain Reaction is produced by:

How Ohio’s small business tax deduction
helps incentivize growth

Less than two years ago, Ohio enhanced its small business tax deduction to offer a 100 percent deduction on the first $250,000 of business income.

How important are consistent rules and tools such as this tax deduction in sparking incentivized growth?

In this video, introduced by Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president of advocacy, you can hear from some COSE members and learn what they had to say on this topic.

Click to watch.

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