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GCP supports renewal of Cuyahoga County
Health and Human Services Levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that it is urging passage of a levy renewal to support health and human services in Cuyahoga County.

The 4.8 mill levy—which is not a tax increase—is on the March 15, 2016 county-wide ballot. The levy is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.

“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.”

The levy is the larger of two levies in Cuyahoga County that generate revenues to pay for health and social service programs for citizens in need. The 4.8 mill levy—which costs the owner of a $100,000 home $147 a year—generates about $130 million annually.

Distribution of levy funds in 2016 include $66 million for Children and Family Services, $32 million for The MetroHealth System, $39 million for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, $18 million for Juvenile Court, $12 million for Early Childhood/Invest in Children; and $16 million for Senior & Adult Services.

The levy was last approved by voters in 2008 and 2012. The proposed renewal would lengthen the term of the levy from four years to eight years, thus decreasing the number of times the county would have to place the issue on the ballot.

A new GCP-member benefit: Resources to inform
your inclusion strategy

Resources found in the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s online Best Practices Repository are now available to all employees of Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies.

Information is drawn from interviews with the Commission’s Best-in-Class winners and those organizations that were strong contenders for the awards. In addition, external resources are listed or linked to and member submissions are welcomed for consideration. Citations are included where available.

As an introduction, click here to access “Diversity Matters” from McKinsey Company and much more in the Commission’s Best Practice Repository.

We hope you will take time to explore its resources, which have been compiled to assist GCP and Commission members with planning and implementing a customized diversity and inclusion strategy.

While it’s assumed that your senior diversity or human resources professional will be the primary user of the repository and share the information within their organizations, any employee of a GCP-member organization may access the site.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Scott Harrington at

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. If your company has yet to join the Commission—which is included as part of your GCP membership investment—now is the time to explore how inclusion can boost your bottom line and competitiveness. Contact Gina Cheverine at 216.592.2261 for more information.

Week-long spotlight on Northeast Ohio’s tech industry

Northeast Ohio’s dynamic and growing tech industry will be showcased during OHTec’s 2016 Tech Week from April 13-24. The line-up is packed with education and networking opportunities for the region’s tech professionals, students and companies of all sizes.

Activities include the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Linking IT Talent to Opportunity event on Wednesday, April 20 (location TBD) that connects IT professionals, recent graduates and college students with leading Northeast Ohio companies.

Other features include:

Launched in 2011, Tech Week was initiated to raise the profile of tech in the region and serves to connect, celebrate, engage and support the industry through a variety of programming and partnerships.

The full line-up can be viewed here.

Program offers NASA expertise to local manufacturers

Are you a mid-sized manufacturer located in Cuyahoga County?

You’re invited to apply for the 2016 Adopt A City Program, a collaborative initiative of MAGNET (the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County.

The program is looking to assist local manufacturing companies seeking to grow through technical problem-solving.

Each company selected is eligible for up to 40 hours of NASA expert assistance and up to $50,000 in low interest loans from the city or the county. These experts have knowledge and experience in basic engineering disciplines as well as:
  • 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
Manufacturers interested in applying must meet these requirements:
  • Located in Cleveland or elsewhere in Cuyahoga County
  • 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
Program briefing session set for Jan. 28

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a program briefing session on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. at MAGNET, 1768 E 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. This session will provide all necessary information about the program and the application process.

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

To register for the briefing session, click here or contact Cody White at

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

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

In this month’s issue of the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter, find out how researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center are working with graduate students at Case Western Reserve University to commercialize groundbreaking technology that can be used to purify water—a breakthrough that could have a major impact in Third World countries where contaminated drinking water is a persistent issue. (Image from

Other stories include a look at the Northeast Ohio auto industry’s significant contributions to our regional economy.

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.

Business leaders challenged to help turn around struggling schools

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to nominate leaders from their companies or organizations for a BRIGHT Fellowship offered by BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools, a newly created 501(c)(3) supported by the Ohio Business Roundtable and the State of Ohio.

Upon conclusion of their training, selected participants will become a principal in a high-poverty school while earning an MBA – tuition free – from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Funded by the Ohio General Assembly, “BRIGHT is a bold effort to recruit and train proven leaders from varied professions and place them where the best and brightest are needed— in high-poverty public schools struggling with low achievement.”

The program seeks “extraordinary individuals from different walks of life—education, business, the military, government, philanthropy and nonprofits—to spend a year as a BRIGHT Fellow preparing to take on the challenge of serving as a principal of a high-poverty public school in Ohio.”

Admission into the BRIGHT Fellowship program is highly selective. The initial 2015 cohort of BRIGHT Fellows attracted more than 850 applicants for 33 slots. Assignments for the 2015-2016 academic year include Breakthrough Schools (Cleveland), Cleveland Heights-University Heights, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Recruitment is now open for the second cohort for 2016. Applications are due by January 31, 2016.

Click here to learn more
about the application process and Fellows experience.

Click here to apply.

Middle-market perspectives: Are you ready to handle
new business?

New business is always great news assuming your company is ready to handle it. But many middle-market companies find themselves unprepared and playing catch-up when responding to new opportunities.

Chuck Leddy, a National Center for the Middle Market contributor and business communications consultant, blogs that companies should conduct a self-assessment to determine if they need to hire a new employee to help handle business growth?

If the answer is “yes,” he recommends a strategic approach when onboarding new talent who will be responsible for new business:
  • Have a clear idea of what success looks like in the new role, even before you write a job description. Know exactly what you're looking for before you start the process.

  • Work with the candidate's future manager to write a clear job description. Be specific about skills the candidate needs and the expectations you have for the role.

  • Involve your employees in the hiring process. Letting your current workers help write the job description, request referrals and conduct interviews will improve results.

  • Set up a defined process to monitor progress. By closely observing the new hire and offering immediate feedback, you'll be able to correct mistakes and negative behaviors before they become a problem.
Click to read more.

The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, is a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle-Market Initiative.

Port of Cleveland international tonnage increases in 2015,
setting stage for continued growth

Final numbers for international shipping through the Port of Cleveland are in, and international cargo moving through the Port’s docks grew by 30,000 metric tons in 2015 compared to the previous year.

This growth can be directly linked to the Port’s creation of the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) in 2014.

Operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, the CEE provides Northeast Ohio region unique maritime access to global markets as the Great Lakes only regularly chartered direct shipping access to Europe and beyond.

The Port’s strategic investment in the CEE also helped increase shipping container traffic on dock by roughly 500 percent from 2014. For the year, overall tonnage, including bulk, international, and shipping containers, was up by more than 300 percent.

Part of the growth can be attributed to the increased frequency of shipping offered through the CEE, said Dave Gutheil, VP of Maritime & Logistics for the Port. “We can compete with the large coastal ports much better this year in terms of frequency, and our speed, efficiency, and customer service are great benefits to customers as well,” he said.

In 2016, the Port is working with Spliethoff to explore the potential for taking the CEE to weekly calls in Cleveland. Such a move would increase the strategic advantage of the service in the Great Lakes region and attract more businesses to use the service.

“Our investment in creating the Cleveland Europe Express is continuing to show results,” said Port President and CEO Will Friedman. “As we look forward to the 2016 shipping season, we expect to continue growing the service and providing area businesses with critical access to global markets.”

Those interested in finding out more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services should contact Dave Gutheil, VP of Maritime & Logistics at or 216.377.1363.