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GCP urges congressional support to protect NASA Glenn priorities, funding

In partnership with the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, the Greater Cleveland Partnership hosted a congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol on the importance of NASA Glenn Research Center to Northeast Ohio and issued a rallying cry to attendees on the need to protect and grow the economic impact of the Center in the region. 

“Ohio’s congressional delegation strongly supports NASA Glenn,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy. 

“Our elected leaders understand that NASA Glenn’s $600 million in direct spending generates over $1 billion in economic impact that touches every corner of our state.”

Congressional staff from the majority of Ohio’s delegation attended the meeting along with several organizations and companies who work directly with NASA Glenn on their core missions. Read more.

Business leaders, public officials discuss policy issues in D.C.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and public officials from all levels of government throughout Northeast Ohio descended on Washington, D.C. last week to discuss crucial federal public policy issues.

The Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference was presented by the GCP with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association. Read more.

Photo: Speakers at the two-day event included Congressman Bill Shuster (PA-9) , chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Ohio's congressional delegation supports key development tool

In recent weeks, Ohio’s U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown signed on as legislative cosponsors of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Extension Act of 2017.

This legislation proposes a permanent extension of the federal NMTC program, currently set to expire in 2019. The legislative proposal would also increase the annual NMTC allocation. Several U.S. House members from Ohio are already lined up in support of the companion legislation in the House.

Those members include: Rep. Pat Tiberi (lead sponsor), Rep. Dave Joyce, Rep. Jim Renacci, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Bob Gibbs, Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Betty Joyce, Rep. Steve Stivers, and Rep. Michael Turner.

“The NMTC program is helping drive Cleveland’s momentum,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. Read more.

GCP testimony supports job creation tax credit bill

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) provided testimony in support of Senate Bill 131, which would expand Ohio’s Job Creation Tax Credit to allow qualifying work from home employees to be counted in the job creation totals for applicants approved for the tax credit program.

Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, provided testimony before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on how SB 131 is “a step in the right direction.” Read more.

GCP advocacy efforts impact funding, protection for Great Lakes

Maintaining the quality of the Great Lakes and maximizing their economic impact continue to be top priorities for the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Recently, the organization has engaged in key advocacy and community initiatives to advance efforts to protect this valuable resource.

Read more.