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How you can help support the Health and Human Services levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is urging passage of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy, which is Issue 23 on the March 15th county-wide ballot.

The 4.8 mill levy – which is not a tax increase—is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.

Opportunities to support the Health and Human Services Levy include:
  • Serving as a volunteer
  • Requesting a yard sign
  • Donating to the campaign.
  • Voting YES on Issue 23 on the March 15th ballot.
“This levy supports many critical health and human services activities that are vital to the well-being of our community including MetroHealth and services for seniors, children and families,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“This eight-year renewal is longer than prior renewals, meaning the “no tax increase” rate is locked in for a longer period of time and fewer campaigns are needed to maintain the services.”

To learn more, please visit the campaign website.

Voting in the March 15th Primary Election: Key dates to know 

If you’re planning to vote in the March 15th Primary Election, you may vote early by mail or in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

To vote by mail, here are two important dates to remember:
  • March 12, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on Saturday, March 12.
  • March 14, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Postmark Deadline: The return envelopes containing marked ballots must either be received in person by the Board of Elections prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, or postmarked no later than Monday, March 14 and received by the Board of Elections no later than 10 days after the election.
Click to download the Primary Election Voter Guide.

Provide your industry expertise to help build our region’s
talent pipeline

Help build a strong talent pipeline for our region by providing your industry expertise to the “Academies of Cleveland,” a high school career academy initiative within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

There are two upcoming opportunities where Greater Cleveland Partnership members can participate:

Business Panels: Be part of an industry-focused panel discussion on Monday, February 29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at one of the Academies of Cleveland high schools.

These discussions will provide Academies of Cleveland teachers with a high-level understanding of how the industry-related technical curriculum they are delivering in the classroom applies in the real world of work.

The panel discussions will be held at each of the five career academies—Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Max Hayes and Washington Park—which focus on different industries and career pathways.

Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair: Companies also are needed to provide interactive, career exposure experiences for Academies of Cleveland students at the Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CMSD East Professional Development Center.

The Career Experience Fair will provide an avenue for all Academies of Cleveland high school freshmen to explore a breadth of career areas in order to better make informed decisions about their future career path. Approximately 800 students will attend.
Local companies are invited to participate by setting up creative, unique and interactive exhibits representing their industry.

Click to read more about both events.

If you’re interested in participating on a business panel on February 29th or in the Career Experience Fair on March 18th, or have questions, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385 to sign up or receive further information.

Help the effort to honor a Cleveland baseball legend

The Cleveland Indians have filed a petition to President Obama, launching a campaign to have All-Star pitcher Bob Feller honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—and the effort needs your help.

The petition requires 100,000 signatures by March 4 to require a response from the White House. More than 80,000 signatures are still needed.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States and is given "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States; (2) world peace; or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Bob DiBiasio, the Indians’ senior vice president of public affairs, said in a release: "In addition to the incredible and lasting impact Bob made on the Indians organization, we think his meritorious contribution to the security and national interests of the United States makes him worthy of consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

Here’s some background on Feller’s military contributions from

“When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Feller was coming off his sixth season with the Indians. The Hall of Fame right-hander had been an All-Star four years running and was in the prime of his baseball career when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. Feller could have requested a deferment, given that his father was terminally ill with cancer at the time, but the pitcher insisted on serving immediately.

“Feller served aboard the USS Alabama and missed parts of four seasons (1942-45) while aiding the United States' efforts. He earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer and participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. (He) was decorated with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.”

Click to learn more about the petition and how to sign it.

Learn about volunteer opportunities during the Republican National Convention

Are you interested in helping us show off Cleveland and Northeast Ohio during the 2016 Republican National Convention? Here’s your chance.

There are a variety of volunteer roles available including airport greeters, hotel greeters, and transportation greeters.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Host Committee does not offer any volunteer opportunities inside of the arena.

Corporate Volunteering Perks
  • Volunteer apparel package
  • Complimentary hospitality
  • Experience your co-workers in a new & exciting setting
  • Represent both your company and Cleveland as local and national history are made.

All volunteers must:
  • Be enthusiastic and eager to share pride in Cleveland
  • Agree to a background check
  • Participate in a nonpolitical capacity
  • Attend a mandatory training session
  • Work two (four-hour) shifts
For more information, click to download the Volunteer Program flyer.

Experts to explore Ohio’s key role in presidential politics

Ohio’s central role in selecting “the leader of the free world” will be the focus of the first event in a new speaker series designed to provide a basic primer on presidential elections.

“Politically Speaking: Presidential Politics in the State of Ohio” is sponsored by Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University and John Carroll University.

This consortium’s unique, Buckeye State-centric examination of the presidential election process leading up to Cleveland hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention is set to kick off with an appearance by Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the University of Virginia Center for Politics newsletter Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

Kondik will deliver a talk on “Ohio’s Role in Choosing the Next President” at 7 p.m. Friday, February 26, in Cleveland State's Main Classroom Auditorium, 1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115. His appearance is co-sponsored by Cleveland State and Baldwin Wallace.

Following Kondik’s presentation, a panel of local experts will assess the importance of Ohio to presidential politics and its impact on the state’s political landscape and culture. The panel will be moderated by Jo Ann Davidson, former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and co-chair of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required at

Questions? Please call 216.987.4805.

You can still apply for the 2016 Adopt a City program

(the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), in collaboration with the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County, invites mid-sized manufacturers located in Cuyahoga County to apply for the 2016 Adopt A City Program.

This unique opportunity seeks to assist local manufacturers who are looking to grow their companies through technical problem-solving.

The application deadline is Sunday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Subject experts from the NASA Glenn Research Center with knowledge and experience in basic engineering disciplines as well as the following specialties will be made available to companies selected to participate.
  • Power, energy storage, and conversion
  • Physical sciences and biomedical technologies
  • Materials and structures for extreme environments
  • Air-breathing propulsion
  • Communications technology and development
  • Propulsion and cryogenic fluids management
Each company selected is eligible for up to 40 hours of NASA expert assistance and up to $50,000 in low interest loans from either the city or the county.

To be eligible, manufacturers must: Manufacturers interested in applying must meet the following requirements:
  • Be located in Cuyahoga County (outside applicants will not be considered)
  • Have generated between $5 million and $250 million in annual revenue
  • Have a technical challenge which, if solved, will lead to additional revenue and jobs
For more information on the program or assistance with the application process, email or call 216.391.7752.

Details also are available at

Click here to apply.

MAGNET is part of the regional economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

Stabilizing Irishtown Bend

The Port of Cleveland is pursuing state dollars to stabilize Irishtown Bend – a critical bank along the Cuyahoga River that threatens to collapse into the navigation channel. The Port recently requested that the Ohio General Assembly allocate dollars in its upcoming capital budget to pay for part of the hill’s stabilization.

A recent Port-commissioned study determined a cost effective plan for the long-standing issue of stabilizing the bank. The requested $4 million from the biennial capital budget would provide a major boost to the public-private funding effort.

In addition to the Port, a group of key stakeholders, including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, LAND studio, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Ohio City Inc., and ArcelorMittal have been meeting regularly to collaborate on advancing the solution.

“The residents and businesses of Ohio City see Irishtown Bend as a threat that can be transformed into a community asset,” said Tom McNair, executive director of Ohio City, Inc., the nonprofit group that guides development in the neighborhood. “We can stabilize the hillside and create new connections to access and enjoy the riverfront—something currently impossible due to the hillside’s instability.”  

The Greater Cleveland Partnership also recently lent its voice in support of the Port’s request, and The Plain Dealer editorial board also recently has noted the need for public dollars to support the work.

“The Port is hopeful that the Ohio General Assembly will see the critical need to provide support and protect the Cuyahoga, its upriver businesses and its water quality,” said Port of Cleveland President and CEO Will Friedman.

“With over 18,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in economic activity generated locally via maritime, a collapse of Irishtown Bend would harm both our community and the state.”