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2013: A big year for business development in Northeast Ohio

The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Business Development Team continued its award-winning business retention and expansion activities and ended 2013 with strong results.

The team called on more than 340 businesses in the region this year to help them grow and thrive by connecting them to resources related to workforce, real estate, financing, development, state and local tax credits and incentives. Companies assisted include Nestle USA, which broke ground on a new Product Technology Center.

Gain a competitve edge, win the talent war

More than 60 executives attended the GCP Middle-Market Talent Forum on Dec. 12, which focused on “Winning the Talent War: Strategies to Attract and Retain the Very Best People.”

Our panelists provided insights and tactics to help mid-market companies gain a competitive edge in attracting and retaining top talent.

Click here for information they shared during their remarks.

GCP Board approves appointment of new vice chair

The GCP Board approved the appointment of KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney as vice chair at its quarterly meeting held December 4.

She has been chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp since May 2011 and a member of KeyCorp’s Board of Directors since 2010. Mooney, who joined Key in April 2006, has over 30 years of experience in retail banking, commercial lending and real estate financing.

Survey of major construction projects gauging need for skilled workers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has launched an extensive skilled-workers demand study to gauge labor needs for major construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland with the goal of increasing local and minority participation in those projects.

The study is one of of several recommendations presented to the Commission in a special report issued in 2012 and is a key driver in helping work toward the job-creation goals of the Community Benefits and Inclusion Agreement endorsed by public- and private-sector construction industry representatives.

GCP Public Officials Reception celebrates 50th anniversary

Thirteen former elected officials participated in panel discussion moderated by retired Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin to kick off the GCP’s 50th anniversary Public Officials Reunion and Reception last Friday at Windows on the River.

More than 1,000 business and community leaders were on hand for the reception that followed the program.

Holiday travel tips from United

United Airlines recommends knowing what to do to help ensure a smooth travel experience during the holidays.  Here are are few tips:

Know your departure and arrival times. Before leaving for the airport, check your flight departure time at united.com/flight status or on your mobile device using the United app or our mobile website at mobile.united.com. Carry proper documentation. Be sure you have a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Pack smart. Know exactly what you can carry on and what you can, and should, check.

GCP announces support for Common Core; urges tabling HB 237

The Greater Cleveland Partnership today announced its support for Common Core and also urged tabling HB 237 because it believes the bill will undo important progress that has been made to improve education.

“Ohio House Bill 237 is a step in the wrong direction,” said Joe Roman, GCP’s president and chief executive officer. “Cleveland was among the first Common Core pilot locations in the nation and we know the impact these meaningful standards can have in our classroom.” 

Forming an Aerospace and Technology Committee would be good for Ohio

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has endorsed a proposal to create an Aerospace and Technology Study Committee at the state level. 

“Aerospace and aviation is a significant economic driver to the state’s economy, employing over 130,000 workers,” said Carol Caruso, GCP’s senior vice president for government advocacy. “Our state is the top supplier to both Boeing and Airbus.  Seventeen percent of total U.S. employment in aerospace and aviation is located in Ohio.”  Read more.

GCP, partners honored for marketing excellence

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and its Northeast Ohio regional economic development partners the Greater Akron Chamber, Stark Development Board, Team Lorain County, and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber received top honors for excellence in economic development marketing from the Ohio Economic Development Association (ODEA).

 Vince Adamus, GCP’s vice president, real estate and business development, (right in photo) with ODEA President Ellen Heinz, accepted the award on the group’s behalf.

GCP applauds Controlling Board approval of Medicaid expansion

The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds Governor Kasich and the Controlling Board for today’s decision to approve the release of federal funds for Medicaid expansion in Ohio to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

“We’ve supported Medicaid expansion, along with other chambers across the state, because the business community understands that failure to do so would harm employers and the state's bottom line,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. ”Expansion is good for businesses and Ohioans.”

Washington's gridlock impact on Cleveland

With Congress and the Administration unable to reach a weekend agreement on the federal government shutdown and increasing the nation’s debt ceiling, expect to see continued brinksmanship in Washington, DC.

As the shutdown enters its third week, we are reminded that many federal agencies in Cleveland, including NASA Glenn Research Center, are feeling its impact.

Significant progress made to promote inclusion in Cleveland construction projects

Backed by strong support from the public and private sectors, several action steps have been taken to implement recommendations on how to increase local and minority participation on major private sector construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland.

The action items provide the framework to carry out recommendations from a special report prepared for the Commission on Economic Inclusion in March 2012, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).  Read more.

United's CLE team tops for on-time flights

For the fifth straight month, United Airlines’ Cleveland's flight operations team was No. 1 for getting out the airline’s first flights of the day as scheduled. Of the flights that left Cleveland before 9 a.m. in August, 87.5 percent were on time.

The CLE team topped its peers at all other United hubs including Washington Dulles, San Francisco and Newark. 

GCP reaches its United Way goal

Using a variety of staff activities to supplement pledges, GCP reached its 2013 United Way goal, raising a total of $48,300 during its four-week Stellar Campaign.

The 2013 total topped last year’s fund raiser that collected close to $47,160.

Huffington Post highlights "American Grandeur of Cleveland"

A travel story recently posted on the Huffington Post website gives Cleveland extremely high marks noting that it “appreciates its past while embracing the renewal of the future and that it “has aged well into a modern, global and down-to-earth city.”

The story—and photos—by writer and filmmaker Sally Fay are the result of an informal tour she received from George Gund Foundation President Dave Abbott during a weekend visit. Read more.

Employment gains in the region

Employment in Northeast Ohio continues to grow, up 40,000 jobs from Q1 2013 and 3,000 jobs year-over-year, according to the 2013 Q2 Regional Economic Report released today.

60 Seconds with Megan O'Bryan

Megan O'Bryan, the new executive director of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, the advocacy group charged with ensuring the growth of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland, started her new job on July 22.

In this Q&A, she discusses goals and next steps for the Alliance.

Read more.