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Ohio chambers’ government-efficiency recommendations recognized for excellence

“Redesigning Ohio” to be featured on Harvard Kennedy School website

Cleveland—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:
“These recommendations were the culmination of an unprecedented year-long process in which we worked together to identify, research and analyze a wide variety of ideas and narrowed them to those that would best improve the performance of the state,” said Daniel Colantone, president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber and current chair of the Metro Chambers Coalition.

The coalition worked with author and public policy expert David Osborne and former state budget director Greg Browning to draft the final recommendations. 

The Metro Chambers Coalition leveraged the report to provide key budget and legislative recommendations to encourage transformative reform across a variety of areas including criminal justice, local governments, tax expenditures and government efficiency. 

“Redesigning Ohio provided a necessary framework from the business community to guide Ohio in reducing unnecessary costs and improving innovation during a time of financial crisis,” said Joe Roman, president & CEO of the GCP and former chair of the Metro Chambers Coalition. Read more.

There’s still time to complete the D&I Assessment

There is still time to complete the Diversity & Inclusion Organization Assessment from the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).

The new online tool, which can be accessed at no cost by all GCP members, is available through Friday, March 31.

Employers who complete the D&I Assessment will receive immediate feedback upon making their final submission, along with resources that can be useful for internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.

The D&I Assessment and the associated resources can be helpful to any organization—whether it has an established D&I program in place, or if it is looking for a place to start.

The first 10 organizations that complete the assessment for the first time this year will receive one free registration for the Commission’s annual Inclusion Conference in August—a $125 value.

Please contact Scott Harrington at sharrington@gcpartnership.com or 216.592.2213, if you have questions about the Assessment and/or are interested in completing it.

True2U: Employers needed to host out-of-school experiences for CMSD eighth-graders

True2U is a youth development and career exploration mentoring program designed for eighth grade Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students. True2U is a shared vision of community, business, faith-based, philanthropic and educational leaders.

A key component of the True2U experience for students is it to give them “out-of-school experiences” that introduce them to career opportunities from a variety of sectors. The business community is an integral partner in this work. Our goal is to recruit employers to partner with us by hosting one or more groups of CMSD eighth-graders during their out-of-school experience. 

All participating organizations will host a group of eighth-graders ranging from 15-65 students beginning at 9 or 10:30 a.m. during the weekdays of April 1-May 5. They will spend 90 minutes introducing the students to their organization and showing them the breadth of career options available. 

Agendas for the day can be determined by each organization in coordination with True2U staff and can include some or all of the following:
  • An organization overview
  • A tour of the facilities
  • A demonstration or hands-on experience (if possible) and
  • A panel discussion showcasing the diversity of careers within the organization with staff sharing their career paths and choices.
If you are interested in being a host organization or have additional questions, please contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com or 216.592.2385.

During in-school mentor lead advisory sessions, True2U students have been exploring potential career paths available to them. But no amount of in-class activity or discussion can capture the level of engagement and in-depth learning students can have when provided the opportunity to venture beyond the classroom and experience the day-to-day operations of an organization. 

By participating in this activity, your organization will give True2U students this opportunity and expose them to the possibilities that exist for their futures.

True2U is supported by community leaders from the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Currently in year two of its three-year phase in, True2U is serving approximately 1,600 eighth-grade students in partnership with over 200 business and community volunteer mentors. 

By year three, True2U will serve every eighth-grade CMSD student—there are approximately 2,500—with the assistance of over 600 mentors. 

If you are interested in learning more about mentoring for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com.

A GCP member benefit: Schedule a free energy audit
for your facilities

Achieving energy efficiency can be challenging.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE Energy Team has a solution to help GCP members improve the overall efficiency of their facilities and gain access to rebates.

The first step is a free comprehensive assessment—valued at $7,000—of how your facility uses power: gas, electric, or even steam.

An energy auditor will assess your building and provide opportunities and recommendations.

To learn more, please visit www.cose.org/audits or email the Energy Team at energy@gcpartnership.com.

Summit to present actionable cybersecurity strategies

Earlier this month, Sante Ghetti, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s vice president government of advocacy (left in photo) sat down with Craig Rapp, director of CyberOhio (right in photo), to discuss the CyberOhio program and the initiative’s upcoming Business Summit.

The CyberOhio Business Summit, which will take place on Friday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center near Columbus, will provide attendees with understandable and actionable cybersecurity information.

CyberOhio was launched last year by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. It offers a collection of cybersecurity resources aimed at helping Ohio businesses of all sizes fight back against cyber attacks.

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Click here for more information about the summit.

Chemical Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary

Tuesday, March 14 marked Chemical Bank’s 100th anniversary!

Chemical Financial Corporation’s Executive Management team and its Corporate Board of Directors began the celebration by ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq in New York City.

Chemical Bank first opened its doors for business on March 14, 1917, in the heart of downtown Midland, Michigan, as Chemical State Savings Bank. Through the years, Chemical Bank has focused its attention on delivering a community bank experience highlighted by exceptional customer service, expansive community involvement and dedication to philanthropic efforts that improve the quality of life for residents of the communities it is privileged to serve.

Today, Chemical Bank has grown to 249 banking centers across a three-state footprint and has over 3,500 employees. Chemical Bank serves over 500,000 households and, in 2016, it achieved the distinction of becoming the largest banking company headquartered in Michigan.

Chemical Bank plays an active role in the financing of community development projects, while working closely with local municipalities and school districts to provide quality banking services. It is devoted to being a good corporate citizen; a dedication to its customers and the communities it serves are genuine and very much at the heart of the values that the Bank represents.

While the anniversary is only one day, Chemical Bank is celebrating throughout the year. The celebrations start with a spring loan special highlighted by special consumer loan interest rates and discounted closing fees.

Stop by any Chemical Bank location or visit the website for more information about this special offer.

Chemical Bank will have employee and customer celebrations across its footprint through the remainder of the year. For more information about these celebrations and the Bank’s history, visit www.ChemicalBank.com/100years.

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