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Supporting Northeast Ohio companies helps grow
the region’s economy

With 40+ growth and expansion projects currently in the pipeline, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s award-winning Business Development Team is gearing up for 2016.

“The growth of our regional economy is driven by the base of companies that call Northeast Ohio home,” says Deb Janik, the GCP’s senior vice president of business and real estate development. “Our team is focused on helping them solve problems and take advantage of growth opportunities.

“Thanks to our large network of partners in the private and public sectors, we can help make the connections that the region’s companies need to plan and execute expansion projects.”

Last year, the team completed 270 on-site calls, managed and/or assisted in management of 43 retention, expansion, attraction and real estate projects resulting in over1,800 new jobs, 4,150 retained jobs and $465M capital investment.

This year’s projects in the pipeline have the potential of 2,000 new jobs, retention of 2,500 jobs with a projected $1.2B of capital investment.

Connecting companies and resources

The team has an active outreach program that involves meeting regularly with Greater Cleveland businesses to gain a better understanding of their growth opportunities and challenges. Free services include:
  • Incentives & Access to Capital: If your company is expanding, there may be private and public financial assistance programs available at the local, county and state levels to accelerate your growth. As your entry point to the NEO economic development system, the GCP team will assist you in identifying resources, connect you with the right partners and providers and manage the process with your corporate leadership team. If your company is growing, there may be financial assistance programs available at the local, county and state levels.

  • Workforce Assistance: If you are having difficulty finding qualified workers or would like to learn how to access training grants for new and current hires, we can help connect you to these resources.

  • Property Search: If your company is looking for buildings and land sites for expansion, relocation, consolidation or build‐to‐suit opportunities, the team can help you find available properties and arrange facility and site tours.

Call GCP!

To learn more about how our Business Development team can assist you with your retention and expansion needs, please call Vince Adamus, vice president, business and real estate development at 216.592.2258 or email

Meetings can be scheduled individually or with your local community or other resource providers.

The business community can play a role in hosting
the Republican convention

How can you help ensure that Cleveland is well-represented as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention? By signing up to volunteer!

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is asking its member businesses of all sizes—small, medium and large—to encourage their employees to get involved. It’s estimated that about 8,000 volunteers are needed.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Cleveland when we welcome close to 50,000 visitors—including about 15,000 media representatives from around the globe—to our town,” says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “The convention is the centerpiece of the story, but Cleveland is the setting.

“We invite our member businesses to take part in helping visitors understand and appreciate what a fantastic city we have."

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee website says that a variety of volunteer roles will be available “including airport greeters, hotel greeters, transportation greeters and wayfinders.

“Volunteers are responsible for answering visitors’ questions about Cleveland, giving advice on where to visit and what to do, and distribute Host Committee information during Convention Week.”

Volunteers from a business working together on one assignment could use their participation as a team-building opportunity. Individual companies can determine how to best maximize the experience.

Visit the Host Committee website to learn more. If you represent a corporate, professional, civic or academic organization and would like information on how your group of 25 or more can select, secure and supervise an opportunity, please email

Nominations now open for 2016 Best of Tech Awards 

OHTec’s Best of Tech Awards shed light on innovative companies and leaders and help promote Northeast Ohio a place where savvy tech companies are doing great things. Nominations are now open for the 2016 awards. The categories are:
  • Most Promising Start Up
  • Best Website
  • Best IT Services Company
  • Best Big Data Application
  • Best Healthcare Tech Product
  • Best Software Product
  • Tech Team of the Year
  • Tech Company of the Year
Nomination Details/General Qualifications:
  • Nominee companies must be headquartered in Northeast Ohio
  • Companies and/or products may not win in the same category in consecutive years
  • Companies may nominate in multiple categories and may even be selected as finalists or winners in multiple categories
  • All nominations are reviewed by the OHTec Best of Tech judging committee; the decision of the judges is final.
The nomination deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.

To help plan your company’s submission, click here to review the nomination questions by category.

Nominate your company here.

Chamber leaders adopt organizational commitment to inclusion

The Board of Directors of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), chaired by Greater Cleveland Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Roman, has voted unanimously to adopt the following diversity and inclusion commitment statement:

"For the betterment of the association, chamber leaders and the communities they serve, ACCE will champion access and equity of opportunity through intentional inclusion of all."

Said Roman: “Chambers represent the business leadership in their communities. It’s important that we, as chamber executives, recognize the value and benefits of economic inclusion both within our organizations and in our work to improve the business climate. I applaud ACCE for taking this important step and look forward to working with my colleagues to put our commitment into action.”

The ACCE Board has identified three areas of impact to address first:
  • Ingrain inclusion principles, strategies and tactics into the culture and work of the entire association. This will include examination of educational content, governance processes, professional certification, and recognition program criteria.

  • Articulate the compelling business case for chamber-led efforts to promote inclusion and diversity.

  • Coach, train and help to position chamber professionals from underrepresented groups to explore career advancement opportunities in the chamber industry.
Established in 1914, ACCE offers a wealth of information, professional development opportunities, management techniques and best practices through its award winning publications, online education, conferences and networking.

Port of Cleveland works to assemble coalition to keep
Cleveland Harbor open and prevent open lake dumping

The Port of Cleveland has ramped up efforts to line up support to oppose the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) effort to reduce funds for maintaining Cleveland Harbor and force the issue of open lake dumping of potentially harmful river sediment.

A recent USACE request has caused a $3 million cut from the millions traditionally allocated to keep the harbor dredged and open for business.

With that self-inflicted cut now in place, the USACE is once again arguing that it must dump potentially hazardous Cuyahoga River sediment in Lake Erie’s open waters.

Up to 250,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged from the Cuyahoga River annually. Due to the historical presence of contaminants such as PCBs, the Port and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency oppose open lake dumping and are involved in federal litigation against the USACE to prevent the practice.

Port leaders are approaching Ohio’s Congressional and business leaders to line up support and join the movement to restore funding to Cleveland Harbor. Port President and CEO Will Friedman recently wrote a letter to U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman urging them to push the USACE to dedicate some of its $273 million in operation and maintenance funds to environmentally safe dredging and sediment placement for Cleveland Harbor.

“This is a critical economic and environmental issue, not only for Cleveland, but for Northeast Ohio,” said Friedman. “We believe the public is behind our efforts to hold the Army Corps responsible to its duty to dredge Cleveland Harbor while keeping our lake clean and our river open for business.”

A cut in the harbor fund and the resulting inability to maintain the river channel would jeopardize the local maritime economy, which produces $1.8 billion in annual economic activity and nearly 18,000 jobs. This threat also comes as the Port experienced a banner year in shipping numbers.

Those interested in supporting the Port’s efforts should contact Jade Davis, Port VP of External Affairs, at