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Be informed about November 3rd ballot issues

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is providing online information for employers to share with employees about these issues that will be on the November 3rd ballot. Click the links below to learn more.
  • YES on Issue 1: The GCP is urging a YES vote on Issue 1, the Fair Districts Ohio statewide ballot issue. Currently, the districts are drawn so the vast majority of candidates have little to worry about once they win their primary.

    The result is a polarization of our General Assembly. More accountability and fairness in the process will improve governing in our state.
  • YES on Issue 2: The GCP supports Issue 2, a Monopoly and Oligopoly Limiting Amendment, which, if passed, would invalidate Issue 3, a separate amendment on the same ballot creating a monopoly or oligopoly for a federal Schedule 1 controlled substance.
  • NO on Issue 3: Following a lengthy review, the GCP concluded that the ResponsibleOhio proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses in Ohio.
Click this link or the image below to watch the video and learn more about the importance of voting NO on Issue 3.

Click to download our FAQs.

Click to download an employer letter that can be customized and sent to your employees.
  • YES on Issue 8: The GCP urges voters to support Issue 8, which calls for renewal of an existing cigarette tax in Cuyahoga County that generates support for arts and culture. It is NOT a tax increase.
The public funding provided through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture serves as a vital lifeline of support at a critical time and helps organizations and artists build audiences, capacity and business models that will sustain them independently long into the future.

It’s also important to note that funding from the Arts & Culture Levy enhances educational experiences and improves educational performance throughout Cuyahoga County. Studies show that students who participate in Arts and Culture demonstrate improved math and reading skills, perform higher on standardized tests, stay in school longer, and graduate at higher rates. Did you know that:

In 2013, organizations receiving Arts & Culture Levy funds provided 1.4 million experiences for children*, including:
  • 21,411 classes and workshops*
  • 18,881 field trips*
  • 678 internships and apprenticeships*
And it’s not just young people who benefit; in 2013, more than 400,000 adults attended classes and workshops that were supported by the Arts & Culture Levy*.

Cuyahoga County voters have the opportunity to continue their support for all the people and organizations of our Arts & Culture sector by voting YES on Issue 8.

*Source:  Cuyahoga Arts and Culture 2014 Annual Report to the Community

How to vote an early/absentee ballot

All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the November 3rd election from the convenience of their homes by requesting that your ballot be mailed to you.

Learn the steps you need to follow to request and vote an absentee ballot.

Access the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Vote by Mail application.

Once your ballot is completed you can either drop it off at your local Board of Elections or return it by mail.

GCP applauds passage of Ohio’s charter school reform law

The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds passage of charter school reform legislation, which is headed to Governor Kasich’s desk for his signature. Last week, both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly agreed on a compromise bill that will improve the charter school community in Ohio.

The GCP supported passage of the reform bill and successfully advocated for language on the Ohio Department of Education’s role in authorizing charter schools in Cleveland. The provision enhances the weight of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance review of proposed charter schools, a cornerstone of The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, which was signed into law in 2012.

The GCP, which played a significant role in shaping The Cleveland Plan, supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s portfolio schools strategy where high-performing, traditional public schools and charter schools are viewed as partners.

Charter schools serve an important role in educating students in our community. In Cleveland, nearly one out of every three public school students attends a charter school.

Photo right: Students from a classroom at Breakthrough Charter Schools, the highest-rated network of public charter schools in Cleveland.

Pass the Plus and share the good news about our region

Stories in this month’s issue of the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter, which features positive news about the Cleveland Plus region, include a brief history of the Ohio Turnpike, which was opened officially on Oct. 1, 1955.

Executive Director Randy Cole notes that the Turnpike “truly is a bold and successful enterprise with a significant economic impact. In fact, the Turnpike is responsible for generating nearly $500 million in northern Ohio economic activity each year.”

This impact is a direct result of efforts led by the Greater Cleveland Partnership in 2013 to secure legislation guaranteeing that 90 percent of the revenue from the sale of bonds from the Ohio Turnpike stays in Northern Ohio.

This paved the way for full funding of Opportunity Corridor and will benefit other transportation projects important to Northeast Ohio.

Click to read more.

“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

Click to subscribe and start sharing our region’s good news with your networks of colleagues, friends and family.

Reminder: BWC Premium Payment schedules have changed

Do you know your Premium installment schedule?

When the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp (BWC) changed to Prospective Billing on July 1st, the default for policy holders was a bi-monthly payment schedule. If you didn’t select another option, you should have received an invoice from the BWC with your next installment due by November 2nd.

We encourage you to create an e-account on the BWC website so that you can keep tabs on your policy and make payments on line. Late premium payments will result in an immediate lapse in your coverage.

If you need assistance, please contact COSE’s Workers’ Comp Team at 216.592.2351.

Earn continuing education credits at the COSE convention

Are you a CPA, lawyer or HR professional looking to fulfill your professional development or continuing education requirements and network with business-minded Clevelanders at the same time?

Attend the workshops of the COSE Small Business Convention! This year the convention returns to Cleveland on October 21 & 22 and features over 30 workshops focused on a variety of topics, not just those relevant to small business owners!

Greater Cleveland Partnership members can register for just $159, which includes access to up to five workshops (see schedule for accreditation), three keynote presentations and unique networking opportunities over two days.

Visit now to learn more and register.

Port of Cleveland international tonnage continues record growth

The Port of Cleveland continues its strong year of growth in 2015, with the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service leading the way.

Through September, cargo on the CEE has increased 500 percent as compared to this time last year, with both containerized cargo and larger break bulk items ramping up.

Overall, the general cargo tonnage numbers at the Port are up significantly. Cargo was also shipped between Cleveland and South America (Brazil) for the first time this season via the CEE. The CEE has now reached over 30 countries across five continents this year alone.

“The dramatic increase in cargo on the Cleveland Europe Express continues to show that there is a market for this service,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman.

“The Port created the CEE to provide direct, scheduled international maritime service to help our region compete globally, and we see businesses continue to gravitate to the service.”

Operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, the CEE provides the Great Lakes economy direct maritime access to European markets, with ships calling in Cleveland at least twice monthly.

That unique service has given Northeast Ohio greater access to and the ability to compete in the global marketplace. It has also proven critical in generating increased traffic through the Port of Cleveland this year.

To learn more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services, contact Dave Gutheil, vice president of maritime & logistics at or 216.377.1363.