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GCP applauds passage of compromise water quality bill

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) applauds the Ohio General Assembly for passing legislation to address water quality issues in Lake Erie. The compromise bill, SB 1, will restrict agricultural practices known to contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms.

This legislative effort comes in response to last summer’s crisis when algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie left the City of Toledo without drinking water for several days.

Protecting the Great Lakes is a key focus GCP’s public policy work. The passage of SB 1 is an important step in preserving the water quality of Lake Erie while maximizing the economic benefit that it provides to our region.

The bill is now headed to the Governor for his signature.

GCP supports legislation to reduce business filing fees

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) are in support of companion legislation – HB 3 and SB 26 – that would reduce business filing fees in the State of Ohio by 21 percent.

Reducing the business filing fees from $125 to $99 is a good step towards making it easier for businesses of all sizes to be successful. This initiative, championed by Secretary of State Jon Husted, quickly garnered bipartisan support in the Ohio General Assembly.

In addition to COSE and GCP, many organizations, chambers of commerce and businesses across Ohio have signed on to support this effort. Both bills have passed their respective chambers and will be vetted to approve a single bill to be signed into law by the Governor.

Regulatory reforms needed to support middle-market growth

More than 70 middle-market CEOs attended the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s luncheon and discussion on March 27 with Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15), co-founder of the Congressional Caucus for Middle-Market Growth.

The Congressman’s comments included the importance of ensuring that government legislation and regulations do not inhibit the growth of middle-market companies, a topic also referenced in his recent Op-Ed column:

“In the House, we have seen the passage of sweeping financial legislation and regulation, most notably Dodd-Frank. Although well-intentioned, the truth is that these regulations hinder opportunities for capital providers to invest in middle-market companies—the same middle-market companies that are creating jobs and opportunities that directly benefit hard-working Americans.

“The good news is that we have made progress on this front. Just weeks ago, the House approved a legislative package that included sensible and necessary reforms to sections of Dodd-Frank. This small but important step would help support capital formation by removing onerous regulatory red tape for middle-market lenders allowing them to more readily lend capital that will build and grow companies.”

Click to read the full column.

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Our middle-market video needs your logo

One of the objectives of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s signature event for Northeast Ohio’s middle-market companies, the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum is to raise the visibility of our region’s middle-market companies.

As part of the event, to be held Friday, May 8 at Corporate College East, we are producing the “I Am The Middle Market” video, which will have its premiere at the forum. It will highlight the breadth and depth of Northeast Ohio’s middle-market companies and their contributions to the region’s economy. Through an eye-catching montage, our goal is to feature the logos of the GCP’s middle-market members.

We’re asking for your participation by allowing us to include your company’s logo in this montage.

The video will be uploaded to GCP’s website, shared on our social media platforms, featured in our weekly e-newsletter and strategically distributed to individuals interested in the middle market. This is a terrific opportunity for yearlong exposure that can help promote your brand.

If you agree to have your logo featured in the video, please provide it in an eps file. Please do not send jpeg, tif, png, bitmap or PDF files, which do not display well in video content. Please forward your logo to MidMarketVideo@gcpartnership.com no later than Wednesday, April 15.

For more information regarding the video or the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, please contact Rob Recker at rrecker@gcpartnership.com or 216.592.2384.

Volunteer for True2U: A new mentoring opportunity to strengthen our local talent pipeline

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, a new program—True2U—created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), will launch in the Fall 2015 semester to provide eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

This exploration and mentoring program links community capital to students and schools. Its objective is to begin raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is the lead business partner for True2U and invites business professionals to volunteer as mentors for the program. You’ll be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two with small groups of students supported by a CMSD lead teacher once a month.

You can sign up now to become a mentor on the GCP website. Click to get started.

Once your registration information is received, a GCP representative will contact you with further details.

Program components include:
  • Formal curriculum that embraces technology
  • In-school-mentor-led advisory model that meets once a month
  • Out-of-school student experiences focused on career, college and/or community service
  • Student success plans that create a blueprint for the future.
The curriculum includes Ohio Department of Development/OH Means Jobs online career exploration resources, the Naviance Succeed platform and Teens Can Make it Happen.

Meanwhile, if you have questions about True2U or would like to learn more about the GCP’s college and career readiness initiatives, please email Shana Marbury or call 216.592.2249.

Employers needed to provide summer work experience for teens

Do you want to help close the skills gap, create a pipeline for your next generation of talent, increase workforce diversity, and spur innovation?

You can by becoming a 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program worksite operated by Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), the largest and longest running summer youth employment program in Northeast Ohio. The program connects teenagers 14-18 with meaningful work experiences throughout Cuyahoga County.

On their first day, the youths walk in willing and ready to work, earn their own money, and prove themselves in the workplace. Y.O.U. is the employer of record and pays all wages and associated costs. The program also provides follow-up support and monitoring to ensure that youth are meeting your needs and making the most of their experience. By ensuring a positive work experience for both the employer and the teen, you can be confident that your summer workforce will be successful.

Employers MUST register by Friday, April 17 to be eligible for this year's program. Click to register or learn more.

If you have any questions or have trouble registering online, please contact Employment Team Manager Noreen Swope 216.566.5445 ext. 251 or nswope@youthopportunities.org.

Get ready to “Race to the Max”

You can participate in a fun fitness outing and support Max Hayes High School by signing up for the “Race to the Max” 5K Run and One-Mile Fun Walk to be held at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18, at the school, 4600 Detroit Avenue.

Here’s how to register:
  • Pre-register by mail, which must be postmarked by Thursday, April 2.
  • Sign up online before 9 a.m. Thursday, April 16.
  • Race day registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
You’ll save on entry fees if you pre-register. Click for more information.

If you have questions, please contact HMA Promotions at 216.752.5151 or email hma@nacs.net.

Save the Date! Update on CMSD needs assessment

As part of the implementation of The Cleveland Plan to reform education in the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has commissioned a supply-and-demand needs assessment to identify neighborhoods where the greatest number of children need better access to high-performing schools. This report, “A Shared Responsibility: Ensuring Quality Education in Every Cleveland Neighborhood” was recently released.

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to growing a “portfolio” of high-performing district and public charter schools in the CMSD, is hosting a briefing on this report on Tuesday, April 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Greater Cleveland Partnership offices, 1240 Huron Road East in Playhousesquare.

The Alliance is led by a Board of Directors composed of CMSD parents, teachers and administrators and leaders from the public sector, education, philanthropic, nonprofit and business organizations including GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

How to prepare students for career success



The Greater Cleveland Partnership and Cleveland State University partnered on a event to explore how CSU faculty and local employers can align their efforts to prepare students for lifelong career success.

The program included Joel Elvery, economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland who provided an overview of the Northeast Ohio economy and workforce trends and a panel discussion with JumpStart President and CEO Ray Leach; Steve Ostanek, president, Neundorfer Cleveland; and Michelle Pearson-Casey, director, human resources, Olympic Steel, moderated by Edward (Ned) Hill, dean, CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Click to listen to the event Podcast.


Photos: (top left) Ned Hill, Cleveland State University and Michelle Pearson-Casey, Olympic Steel; (top right) Ray Leach, JumpStart; Steve Ostanek, Neundorfer Cleveland; (bottom left) Joel Elvery, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.