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Ohio chambers’ government-efficiency recommendations recognized for excellence

A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs. 

“Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website. 

The participating chambers—known as the Metro Chambers Coalition—include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of CommerceCincinnati USA Regional ChamberColumbus ChamberDayton Area Chamber of CommerceGreater Akron ChamberOhio Chamber of CommerceToledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

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Full federal funding urged to protect the Great Lakes

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland Water Alliance today issued the following joint statement in response to the federal budget proposal released last week:

“We stand in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“Our lake, Lake Erie is a treasured asset and the most vulnerable of the five Great Lakes. It accounts for $10.7 billion in economic impact and roughly 30 percent of all tourism dollars that come to our state. This economic impact trickles into nearly every aspect of our community." Read more.

GCP supports Ohio Senate water quality reform bill

The Ohio Senate recently passed Senate Bill 2, a water quality reform bill that will continue efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state.

The GCP provided testimony on the bill and has long been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. Read more.

Great Lakes chambers deliver infrastructure projects list to Congress

Twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) attended the organization’s annual Fly-In and lobby days in Washington, D.C. last week to express their support for infrastructure legislation and present the list of priority Great Lakes infrastructure projects compiled by the coalition.

The group, which included representatives from the Greater Cleveland Partnership attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff, making the case for the coalition’s highest legislative priorities.

View the full list of GLMCC infrastructure priorities here.

GCP provides comment on state’s plan to align with federal education directive

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided public comment on Ohio’s draft state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

ESSA, signed into law December 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

To begin implementation of the new federal law, states are required to submit draft plans for how they will strategically align with ESSA either in April or September 2017. Read more.