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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Find out which Northeast Ohio companies have recently joined the ranks as new GCP Investor members.
Click here to learn more about our member benefits and why your mid-market or large company should be a member of GCP.
The Board of Advisors of the Commission of Economic Inclusion, a program of GCP, has approved the Decade 2 plan that will guide the Commission’s work over the next 10 years.
This includes new vision and mission statements.
Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate utilized $6 million of its 2013 New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) allocation toward the expansion of Steelyard Commons.
Project financing, which also included a $2 million NMTC allocation from JP Morgan Chase, conventional financing, and tax increment financing, closed last week.
U.S. mid-market companies extended their solid revenue and employment gains during the third quarter of 2013 and anticipate those trends will continue over the next 12 months, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 3Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator report released today.
Those gains, however, are predicted to come at a decelerating pace.
Financing has closed on the first two projects to receive allocation from the $30 million federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) award that Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, received earlier this year.
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.”
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.
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.
Ten private- and public-sector leaders, representing billions of dollars of current and future construction projects in the City of Cleveland, today endorsed key sections of the historic Community Benefits Agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to make inclusion a priority in planning and developing projects. Read more.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, provides its members with national diversity resources through its partnership with DiversityInc, the leading source of information on diversity management. Read more.
Real estate is an important tool to get our economy back on track, since it drives growth. It will recover as the U.S. economy emerges from crisis, according to a new white paper by the National Center for the Middle Market and Plante Moran. Read more.
Meet the Northeast Ohio companies and organizations that recently joined our ranks as new GCP Investors. Read more.
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.
As the Tall Ships were pulling out of North Coast Harbor, leaders from Cleveland’s public and private sectors shipped off to Washington, D.C. to advocate for funding to continue the momentum of lakefront development and the Group Plan.