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Now is the time! Vote to help keep Cleveland strong: "YES on Issue 7


Know the facts and share them within your organization

The Greater Cleveland Partnership encourages you to be an informed voter about Issue 7, which extends the small tax on cigarettes and alcohol to protect the benefits from the public’s investment in the public-owned sports facilities in Cuyahoga County. Vote "YES" on Issue 7 at the polls tomorrow.

In addition, we hope that you will communicate this important information to others in your organization:

Issue 7 is not a tax increase. It extends the same few pennies we’re paying now:

  • Only 1.5 cents per bottle of beer
  • Only 1 cent per glass of wine
  • Only 4.5 cents per pack of cigarettes

Click for “7 Facts about Issue 7."

Click to read the FAQs.

Watch the video: What Issue 7 means for our community.

Learn more about the importance of passing Issue 7. Click this link or the image to watch.

Where to vote

Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website to find your polling location.

And be sure to vote "YES" on Issue 7.


A resurgence for the middle market in 2014


The first quarter of 2014 marked a resurgence in growth for the U.S. middle market, according to the 1Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator report released last week by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).


According to the Indicator’s findings, middle-market companies reported a year-over-year increase in revenue growth for the past 12 months and added workers to the payroll.


Looking forward, middle-market companies project revenue at a slower pace but expect employment to improve significantly.


Click this link to download the report from the NCMM, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, and a strategic partner with the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Middle-Market Initiative.


Learn more at the Middle-Market Forum on May 9


Dr. Anil Makhija, the NCMM’s academic director, will talk more about these findings and results reported by Northeast Ohio middle-market executives at the Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum on Friday, May 9, at Corporate College East.


Click to register.

GCP, Commission on Economic Inclusion applaud Gateway Board's decision to pass community benefits resolution

The Board of Trustees of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland (“Gateway”) has passed a resolution supporting inclusion in all of its contracting matters, including construction contracts for improvements to Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.

Gateway Chairman of the Board Tim Offtermatt explained that the organization is committed to innovative, integrated strategies that spur economic development and supports the Greater Cleveland Partnership Construction Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s effort to develop tools and guidelines to reach the goals.

“It’s imperative for community, government and business to work together to create vibrant economic opportunities here in Cleveland,” Offtermatt said. “We respect and support the community benefits framework put in place by the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and believe these integrated planning processes will help continue to advance the economic growth in Gateway and throughout Cleveland.”

“This latest endorsement brings two more major construction projects under the community benefits umbrella, which translates into more opportunities for City of Cleveland residents and businesses,” said Brian Hall, executive of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, GCP’s program that is working to ensure that community benefits’ goals are met.

“We commend members of the Gateway Board for recognizing the importance of inclusion in their construction projects and welcome their participation. Job creation within the city will have both short- and long-term positive impact for our community and our economy.”

Regarding capital projects of $500,000 or more, Gateway’s Board of Directors formally agreed to the principals of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Construction Employees Association, Hispanic Roundtable, Hard Hatted Women, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Partnership, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Buildings & Construction Trades.

Slovenian businesses to meet with Northeast Ohio companies

Would your company like to reach the European market with a partner on the ground, or expand your sales by offering new technologies and capabilities from Europe?

Take advantage of a visit by 14 Slovenian businesses on Monday, May 12 with a breakfast and B2B session at the new Cleveland Convention Center. Click here for a list of businesses and core activities.

Slovenia, a stable democracy and member of the European Union and NATO, features good infrastructure, a highly skilled and productive workforce and advanced research and innovation, creating a good environment for manufacturing, services and research and development activity.

Visiting businesses include those working in power transformers, engineering and legal services, polyurethane foams, foundry alloys, electrical fittings, ecosymbiosis, ergonomic furniture, e-learning platforms, digital solutions and metal processing.

If interested in a breakfast and B2B session with the visiting companies, please contact Vince Adamus at 216.592.2258 or


GCP members honored as “Best of Tech”

Three Greater Cleveland Partnership members were among those honored with a 2014 Best of Tech Award presented by the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) during Tech Week last month. Congratulations to:

  • Best Tech Device / Application Innovation: American Greetings
  • Tech Team of the Year : Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Tech Company (large) of the Year : MCPc

NEOSA is the technology network of COSE, GCP’s small business partner. The Best of Tech Awards shed light on innovative companies and leaders. They help NEOSA promote Northeast Ohio as a remarkable place where savvy companies are doing great things.