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Senator Portman in Cleveland to discuss Great Lakes

The Port of Cleveland hosted U.S. Senator Rob Portman and state administration officials for a roundtable discussion with stakeholders supportive of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Greater Cleveland Partnership staff members were involved in the session that focused on how federal GLRI funding aims to combat invasive species, control polluted runoff and otherwise improve the Great Lakes.

The Greater Cleveland regional economy is intimately tied to the quality of Lake Erie. Over 100,000 jobs in the state are directly linked to the lake, including many in tourism and recreation industries.

A recent budget blueprint by the federal administration called for an elimination of GLRI funding. The GCP will continue working with local stakeholders, regional partners, and federal officials to build support for full funding ($300 million) of the GLRI.

Read more about the session in the article.

Towpath Trail Stage 3 extension to break ground on Earth Day

An historic groundbreaking ceremony for Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension Project will be held Saturday, April 22—Earth Day—at 9 a.m. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood at Clark Field.

Stage 3 will add 30 acres of dedicated park space to Cleveland and 1.9 miles of Towpath Trail to the completed 88 miles between Cleveland and New Philadelphia, Ohio.

The City of Cleveland joined forces with the Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks and Canalway Partners to design, construct and manage the Towpath Trail in the City of Cleveland. Representatives and elected officials representing the city, the county, the Metroparks, the State of Ohio and Canalway Partners will participate in the groundbreaking.

It is poetic that this groundbreaking occurs on Earth Day in a year that is celebrating “Vibrant Green Spaces.” The Towpath Trail is delivering a model project to represent this theme as it showcases a healthy balance among industry, environment, jobs and recreation.

It is viewed as the spine of an evolving trail network that could connect Cleveland neighborhoods within a short 10-minute bike ride to an off-road system that links Cleveland’s downtown district, River Valley, the lakefront, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks and each other.

The project will bring multiple benefits as it helps position Cleveland/ Cuyahoga County as a destination of choice for visitors, businesses and residents. The Towpath Trail will also play an important role as a transportation alternative connecting major employment centers such as Downtown Cleveland and Rockside Road.

This $18 million greenway project was made possible with the support of a variety of funding sources like federal CMAQ (Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement) funds, State Clean Ohio funds and others, including a prior transportation earmark.

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OHTec announces finalists for 2017 Best of Tech Awards

OHTec, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that focuses on connecting Northeast Ohio businesses of all sizes through the common thread of technology, has announced the finalists for its 2017 Best of Tech Awards.

Winners will be named in six different categories on April 27 during the awards show at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland as part of 2017 Tech Week. The finalists are:

Tech Company of the Year

  • Futuri Media
  • Hyland Software
  • MRI Software
  • n2y

Best IT Services Company

  • BlueBridge Networks
  • FIT Technologies
  • Level Seven
  • Vizion Solutions

Tech Team of the Year

  • Accellis Technology Group
  • Dakota Software
  • n2y
  • PolyOne

Best Software/Device Product

  • Dakota Software
  • Hyland Software
  • MRI Software
  • OEC

Most Promising Startup

  • Heureka Software
  • Revenue Conduit
  • Votem
  • Wheedle

Best Tech Workspace

  • Accellis Technology Group
  • FIT Technologies
  • Technology Recovery Group

Best Healthcare Tech Product

  • iRxReminder
  • OnShift

Tech Week is an annual initiative to support and engage the local tech community through education and networking. Learn more at

Click to reserve your place at the 2017 Best of Tech Awards.

GiveBackHack Cleveland to bring socially conscious ideas
into reality

GiveBackHack is a weekend-long event (Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23) that will bring together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to some of our most pressing social issues.

It will be held at the offices of at StartMart, 50 Public Square, Suite 200 in downtown Cleveland.

Attendees from various backgrounds (designers, developers, students, entrepreneurial folks, engaged citizens and more) will come together to discuss social enterprise ideas, forms teams around them and then build them throughout the weekend with the help of top-tier mentors like David Wintrich (TechElevator) and Pete Martin (Votem).

But it doesn't end there.

GiveBackHack will continue after the weekend to make sustainable change. Winners will be awarded prize money to turn their creation into a lasting organization.

RSVP today with the code GCP for $10 off your ticket. Early-bird pricing ends Wednesday, April 5.

Welcome, new GCP members

Meet the Northeast Ohio companies that recently joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership as Investor members. Click the links below to learn more about them.

A GCP member benefit: Schedule a free energy audit
for your facilities

Achieving energy efficiency can be challenging.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE Energy Team has a solution to help GCP members improve the overall efficiency of their facilities and gain access to rebates.

The first step is a free comprehensive assessment—valued at $7,000—of how your facility uses power: gas, electric, or even steam.

An energy auditor will assess your building and provide opportunities and recommendations.

To learn more, please visit or email the Energy Team at