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2013

GCP backs Senate Substitute Energy Bill 58

In a letter to Ohio Senator Bill Seitz, chair of the Senate’s Public Utilities Committee, the Greater Cleveland Partnership formally declared its support for Substitute Senate Bill 58 (SB58).

“In doing so,” letter notes, “we recognize the drastic changes in Ohio’s energy landscape since Substitute Senate Bill 221 was passed over five years ago.”

Why we support immigration reform

Click here to watch our new video in the “GCP Insight” series. Learn about our efforts to support immigration reform and why we think it’s important to economic development in the Cleveland Plus region.

We've focused our efforts on increasing the number of high-skilled visas, known as H1-B visas, and the creation of High Skilled Immigration Zones, which would allocate a block of visas to geographic areas experiencing high unemployment.

GCP supports modifications to energy mandates

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) formally supports Substitute Senate Bill 58 (SB58), a legislative proposal aimed at reforming Ohio’s energy efficiency and alternative energy mandates.

In doing so, we recognize the drastic changes in Ohio’s energy landscape since Substitute Senate Bill 221 was passed over five years ago.

GCP, others press for immigration reform

In keeping with the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s position on immigration reform, last week the GCP Advocacy Team traveled to Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Chamber and chamber partners in the Great Lakes region to advocate for immigration reform.

Over 600 travelers from industry, business, agriculture, the religious community, and grassroots organizations participated in the event.  Meetings focused on the House of Representatives, which has taken a piecemeal approach to reform by introducing multiple pieces of legislation covering separate policy items in each.

GCP to help review requests for state capital bill

Several signs indicate there will be a state capital bill in early 2014. Governor Kasich’s office asked the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) to assist in the review process by serving as the local point of contact for organizations that wish to request funds for eligible economic development projects.

More information and a short questionnaire can be found here. Responses to the questionnaire are due by Friday, November 8.

Collaborating to advance Great Lakes priorities

Speaking on behalf of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Carol Caruso participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University on October 10.

The conference examined public policy issues and business development opportunities in the Great Lakes region and explored ways in which the Great Lakes states and Canada can collaborate to achieve common goals.

GCP Board endorses Health and Human Services Levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors voted last week to endorse the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy (HHS) , which will be on the November ballot, and to provide $15,000 in support.

“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. Read more.

Great Lakes language included in federal water bill

Critical language requiring that the Great Lakes be viewed as a “system” was included in the new Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) bill released Wednesday by Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA-9), House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, chairman, and Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) a subcommittee chairman.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Advocacy Team worked closely with the Congressmen to have this language placed in the bill. Read more.

GCP advocacy efforts continue, as Congress returns from recess

Following the traditional August recess, Congress returns to Capitol Hill with a full agenda and a short legislative calendar.

In regards to GCP priority items, expect to see the House introduce and move its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), called the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). 

Great Lakes funding amended, bill yet to pass

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an effort to restore the health of our five-lake, fresh water asset, faced an unprecedented cut in funding from its authorized level of $475 million to $60 million when the Interior bill emerged from the Appropriations subcommittee.

Working with a bipartisan group of House members, Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), was able to amend the bill in the full committee to restore $150 million of the funds, bringing the total to $210 million. 

Read more.

Preliminary state plan funds Opportunity Corridor

An Ohio Department of Transportation advisory council has recommended funding for the remaining $266M of the $334M Opportunity Corridor project, which previously was uncommitted. GCP President Joe Roman says the funds, proposed by the Transportation Review Advisory Council, “couldn’t come at a better time."  Read more.