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2014

GCP Board approves appointment of two new members

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has approved the appointment of two new members.

In action taken last week at its quarterly meeting, the Board welcomed Loretta Mester, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and Robert Patterson, president and CEO, PolyOne Corporation, as new members.

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Incentives helping to attract private investment in Cleveland neighborhoods needs Congressional support

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman has written a guest column for cleveland.com urging Congress to to extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), which “has been an undeniable success,” before leaving Washington this month. In the column, Roman discussed the importance of NMTC to Cleveland Development Advisers, the GCP’s real estate development affiliate.

CDA’s NMTC investments have included supporting the $14M renovation of Fairmount Creamery (image left), the historic building that is expected to lead to additional economic investment in both the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In today's interview with “Wills & Snyder” host Bill Wills, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman discusses the work of NASA Glenn and its involvement with last week's Orion launch.

Other topics include the latest on getting ready to showcase Cleveland to the world via the 2016 RNC; moving forward with the Opportunity Corridor project and its potential to attract investment to 350+acres in adjacent neighborhoods.
Click to listen.

Cleveland/Northeast Ohio economy: Per capita output higher than U.S. average



Is the Cleveland economy recovering? Yes, it is—and it’s on par with the U.S. with per capita GDP above pre-recession levels.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland economist Dr. Joel Elvery provided an overview of current economic conditions in the U.S. & Cleveland/Northeast Ohio and a forecast for 2015 to more than 125 middle-market executives at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 4Q Middle-Market Forum on December 3. Read more.

Nation's top demographer to speak at 2015 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum

Kenneth W. Gronbach, the nation’s leading demographer and nationally recognized author, expert and futurist in the field of demography and generational marketing, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership on Friday, May 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. at Corporate College East.

Ken makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real life examples that make it relevant to today’s culture, business climate and economy. Registration information will be available soon.

Business and political leaders connect at 51st annual Public Officials Reception


Many thanks to our members for making the Greater Cleveland Partnership's 51st annual Public Officials Reception a tremendous success! More than 550 Northeast Ohio business and community leaders and elected officials attended the event last Friday at Windows on the River.

In addition, U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke at a pre-event program attended by members of the GCP Board, GCP Government Affairs Council, Ohio Assembly, and Cleveland City Council and our event sponsors.

Four days to Cleveland's premier political event

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Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Click to register now!

Joe Roman on WTAM

In today’s interview, GCP President Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about next steps for Cleveland schools following voter approval of the capital levy, the positive region-wide economic impact the 2016 RNC will bring, ongoing economic development in the City of Cleveland and more.

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Construction diversity and inclusion updates now online

The Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative, managed by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, is focused on four target areas with the objective of increasing the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs)and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms on major construction projects in the City of Cleveland.

Information about the components and their subcommittees can now be found in the Economic Inclusion section of the GCP website.

Election 2014: What the results mean for the Northeast Ohio business community

Now that the voters have spoken, it’s time to interpret the results.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Post-Election Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Election 2014 results on GCP priorities, the Northeast Ohio business community and economic development in our city and region.

In addition to commentary on the re-election of Governor John Kasich (R) and the election of Armond Budish (D) as Cuyahoga County Executive, we discuss outcomes from the passage of Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District capital levy, and Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) operating levy. Click to read or download.

How we add value to your GCP membership

The GCP offers a diverse range of services, expertise and connections to help our region’s companies grow and thrive. The Commission on Economic Inclusion is one of those resources.

Commission-member companies have access to a wide range of diversity and inclusion services and resources that can be tailored to support their strategic objectives.  Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman’s update on WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder” includes progress on preparations for the 2016 RNC, and the importance of passing Issue 4, the Cleveland schools and Issue 6, the Tri-C levy.

You'll also hear about changes ahead at Progressive Field to enhance the fan experience, and the redesign of Public Square where construction is slated to begin next month. Click to listen.

JobsOhio accelerating growth of middle-market companies

JobsOhio’s impact on middle-market companies during the first half of 2014 was discussed at the organization’s quarterly public meeting, and the results are impressive. They include: projects won (total 159): 54 percent were with middle-market companies; and jobs created in projects won (total 13,092), 48 percent were with middle-market companies.

GCP names new senior director for government advocacy

Alesha Washington has been named senior director of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. She will focus predominantly on state and local government relations activities on behalf of the GCP and its members.

Prior to joining GCP, Washington was senior director of advocacy, policy and research for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a leading community development intermediary responsible for investing in vibrant neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland.

GCP Board votes to endorse Tri-C and Cleveland school levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)  levy (Issue 6) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) levy (Issue 4), which will be on the November ballot.

The resolution, which was passed at the Board’s quarterly meeting last week, also approves a joint GCP/COSE contribution of $25,000 to the CMSD levy campaign and providing staff support to assist with fund raising and shaping campaign messaging.

The Tri-C levy is a renewal with a 0.9 millage increase, which translates into an additional $2.63 per month for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000. The CMSD capital levy, if approved, is a renewal levy with no tax increase.

Public-private collaboration brings new business tenant to PlayhouseSquare

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Business Development Team, in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and OhioMeansJobs Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, assisted Inforce Technologies, LLC, a system integration and technology consulting firm for the insurance industry, with its headquarters expansion and relocation from Garfield Heights to Idea Center in PlayhouseSquare.

The collaborative effort helped Inforce’s leadership identify and secure government incentives to support its expansion project.

New chair named for GCP Middle-Market Committee

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Bernie Moreno, president of The Collection Auto Group, is the new chair of GCP’s Middle Market Committee (MMC).

The committee works with GCP staff to provide executive oversight for the organization’s ongoing Middle-Market Initiative. In this role, the MMC serves as a leading and trusted resource for Northeast Ohio middle-market companies by focusing on issues they face and offering solutions to their unmet needs.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics discussed in this month’s interview with Bill Wills on WTAM's "Wills and Snyder" include getting ready for the 2016 RNC; development projects continue to fuel downtown Cleveland's renaissance and Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland Metropolitan School District levies on the November ballot.

Click to listen.

GCP President elected vice chair of national chamber organization

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman was named vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors for 2014-15 at the ACCE Centennial Convention last week in Cincinnati.

After serving in this role for a year, he will become Board chair at the annual convention to be held August 11-14, 2015 in Montreal.

Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association serving the professional development needs of chamber professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Where are the new jobs? At middle-market companies

U.S. middle market companies have continued to maintain hiring increases in 2014.

More than 40 percent of middle-market companies added jobs compared to one year ago, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator report. Read more.

Investments in water quality supporting Cleveland's waterfront development

The importance of water and sewer infrastructure on the economic and environmental health of Northeast Ohio was the central theme of the 2014 Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC) Annual Meeting at Windows on the River.

Keynote speaker George S. Hawkins, Esq., general manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority and a Greater Cleveland native, discussed the essential investments being made around the country to provide safe drinking water and ensure healthy rivers and lakes.

Hawkins’ message is incredibly timely as the development of Greater Cleveland’s waterfronts has become a priority. Read more.

Ohio's middle market reports 4.9 percent revenue growth

Ohio’s middle-market companies report a 4.9 percent revenue growth during the second quarter of 2014 when compared to growth of the second quarter in 2013, according to results of the National Center for the Middle Market’s 2Q2014 Middle Market Indicator released this week.

In other results, the survey found that Ohio middle-market companies have less confidence in the local, national and global economies than the national middle-market average. However, Ohio companies say they are prepared for growth through capital investment with 69 percent saying they will invest in the next 12 months.  Learn more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Why Cleveland won the 2016 RNC

Learn more about the successful bid to bring the 2016 RNC here (“We sold the real Cleveland”), what happens next, and how the return of LeBron James to the Cavs will encourage even more investment in downtown Cleveland.

Click to listen to the interview with Bill Wills of WTAM's "Wills and Snyder."

Update on Opportunity Corridor: road to progress

Marie Kittredge, project director, Opportunity Corridor, provides an update on the project's progress in a conversation with “GCP Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper.

Construction on the first phase of the three-mile boulevard, the widening of East 105th Street, begins in the fall.

Click to watch the video.

Joe Roman on WTAM

2016 RNC: It’s Cleveland or Dallas

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman discussed next steps on WTAM’s Wills and Snyder today: “If we pitch what Cleveland can do...we can put our best foot forward and win this thing. We have the right resources and we have the right people.”
Click here to listen.

Re-introducing Cleveland to America and the world

Read why Cleveland is ready and well-positioned to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in a guest column on Cleveland.com by GCP President Joe Roman and Positively Cleveland President David Gilbert.

It notes: “For Cleveland, winning the GOP convention is not just about the huge economic benefit it would bring; it is about re-introducing Cleveland to America and the world." Click to read the full article.

GCP Board highlights

New appointees, newly elected members recognized

GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney announced at last week's Board meeting that Richard Chiricosta, president and CEO of Medical Mutual, has been appointed to the GCP Executive Committee.

Also announced: the appointment of Julie Boland, Cleveland office managing partner of Ernst and Young, as a member of the Class of 2015. Nine board members who were elected in March were recognized. Read more.

Midmarket trends, insights and must-read business books for the summer

60 seconds with Thomas A. Stewart, executive director,
National Center for the Middle Market


Thomas A. Stewart, named executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market earlier this year, is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.


He shared his thoughts with our Every Monday e-newsletter on several topics including middle-market trends, opportunities and what business executives should be reading this summer.

CDA invests in catalytic University Circle/Hough neighborhood project

After years of collaborative efforts, The Finch Group has closed on financing for the first phase of The Preserve at Upper Chester in the Hough neighborhood, including a $3 million loan from Cleveland Development Advisors’ (CDA) Advance Cleveland Development Fund.


The $42 million project at the corner of Chester Avenue and East 97th Street will create 177 units of residential apartments, 23,000 square feet of retail space including a fresh food market, and supporting parking.

New Market Tax credits, EB-5 program highlighted in Congressional visit

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA) and the Cleveland International Fund hosted Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11) and her staff last week for a tour of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and EB-5 projects in downtown Cleveland and the Tremont neighborhood.

The GCP has actively and successfully lobbied on behalf of CDA for New Market Tax Credits allocations, including four allocation awards totaling $105 million.  


The GCP and CDA are currently advocating for a fifth, multimillion-dollar allocation, which is expected to be awarded this summer, as well as re-authorization of the NMTC program.

Business volunteers wanted for CMSD advisory boards

GCP s assisting the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in reaching out to the business community seeking volunteers for new advisory boards at Collinwood High School and and R.G. Jones (pre-K through 8) School.

Advisory board members can help with providing “real world” internship, business input into the curriculum, fundraising and more.

For more information, email Shana Marbury or call 216.592.2249.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Observations on voters’ approval of Issue 7, the "sin tax" that extends the small tax on cigarettes and alcohol for the next 15-20 years to protect benefits from the public’s investment in the public-owned sports facilities in Cuyahoga County.

Passage is in sync with Cleveland's positive economic momentum and ensures that our pro sports facilities will be maintained. Click here to listen.

Resurgence for the middle market in 2014

The first quarter of 2014 marked a resurgence in growth for the U.S. middle market, according to the 1Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator report released last week by the National Center for the Middle Market.

According to the Indicator’s findings, middle-market companies reported a year-over-year increase in revenue growth for the past 12 months and added workers to the payroll. Click to view or download the report.

GCP, Cleveland Development Fund to host D.C. fly-in

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland Development Fund once again will host a fly-in to Washington D.C. in conjunction with Congressmen Dave Joyce (OH-14) (right) and Jim Renacci (OH-16) on May 29-30.

This year’s agenda will include a Thursday evening reception at the United States Botanic Garden followed by conference sessions on Friday in the Congressional Visitors Center.

GCP members earn national diversity honors

Congratulations to the Greater Cleveland Partnership members named to the DiversityInc 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems, Top 10 Regional Companies and 25 Noteworthy Companies lists.

To be considered for DiversityInc recognition, an organization must have at least 1,000 employees and complete a detailed, 300-question survey, which is divided into four equally weighted areas: talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO-upper management commitment, and supplier diversity.

CDA invests in second phase of Flats East Bank

Financing for the second phase of the Flats East Bank closed last week, including $4.5 million in financing from Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate.

The current plan calls for 240 new market-rate residential rental units and over 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, and entertainment space.

Advancing Inclusion, Achieving Results

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is pleased to announce the 2014 Commission 50, a recognition of members for measurable progress in advancing their diversity and inclusion strategies.

This recognition is based on their responses to the Commission’s annual Employers Survey on Diversity™. Their scores are tabulated based on four metrics: board diversity, senior management diversity, workforce diversity, and supplier diversity.

Achievement in diversity honored

Twelve members of the Commission on Economic Inclusion were honored as Best-in-Class for board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity at GCP’s Annual Meeting last week. Meet the winners.

Governor Kasich to be keynote speaker at GCP Annual Meeting

We’re pleased to announce that Governor John Kasich will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, April 2 from 4:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Since his election in 2010, Governor Kasich has focused on strengthening the state's economy and providing opportunities for all Ohioans. Many of his top achievements align with the GCP’s top priorities including Cleveland and statewide school reform plans, highway funding reform, including funding for the Opportunity Corridor, and healthcare funding for more low-income and working poor Ohioans.

GCP Members: We need your vote!

A designated representative of a member company of the Greater Cleveland Partnership or COSE, our small business partner, is entitled to vote in the 2014 election of the GCP Board of Directors.

Click here to download the ballot and for information about submitting your vote. Your response is needed on or before Friday, March 14, 2014.

A message about our commitment to efficient air service at CLE

Read our letter—a full page ad in this week’s Crain’s Cleveland Business—about GCP’s nonstop commitment to ensure that Hopkins Airport has efficient service for Cleveland travelers and visitors.

It says, in part: "Convenient and affordable air service benefits all of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio – business and leisure travelers alike. That’s why we intend to be relentless in our efforts to help attract additional flights, destinations and carriers to CLE to complement United’s nonstop service to 20 cities." Read more.

Important message about the CLE United Hub announcement

Statement by GCP President and CEO Joe Roman

While this business decision by United is unfortunate, we have long recognized that this was one possible consequence of the United-Continental merger after witnessing similar outcomes in other markets through consolidation within the industry.

Fortunately, our airport and city are better positioned to attract additional service than they were at the time of the merger. The airport is improved, costs are down, we have more traffic-generating assets and the business community is mobilized and committed.


Because efficient air service benefits all of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, our goal is to minimize the impact on travelers and to ensure convenient and affordable air service here. Therefore, we will now mount an aggressive effort to replace as many lost routes as possible. Click to read more.

Protecting the Great Lakes: An urgent priority

GCP Advocacy Senior Vice President Carol Caruso discusses the danger posed by Asian carp, a large and invasive species, to the Great Lakes, in general, and Lake Erie in particular, in our new "GCP Insight" video.

In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper Communications, she points out the urgent need to address the problem, which threatens both fishing and recreation industries. Click here to watch.

Marketing Cleveland goes global

Hemispheres magazine, the monthly business, travel and lifestyle publication of United Airlines that reaches an estimated 11.6 million passengers each month, will feature Dossier Cleveland, a 56-page supplement designed to enlighten readers about the many reasons to live, work and invest in Greater Cleveland in its February issue.

GCP members are invited to join us at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, at the Global Center for Health Innovation to celebrate the most extensive, positive feature ever written about our community.

Click here to RSVP.

Joe Roman on WKYC-TV: Why support the sin tax

GCP President Joe Roman discusses the benefits of renewing the “sin tax” to pay for maintenance of Cleveland’s publicly owned professional sports facilities in an interview with WKYC-TV reporter Tom Beres.

He emphasized the importance of supporting the investments that our community has already made. Click to watch.

How to sustain business growth during tough economic times

Learn how pacesetting middle-market companies have bucked negative economic and market trends, either through steady, incremental expansion, or through a breakout event, to trigger growth.

A new report by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), GCP's Middle-Market Initiative strategic partner, explores how a company's performance in executing eight well-established dimensions of management creates sustained growth.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman recently appeared on WTAM's "Wills & Snyder" program where he discussed the importance of extending the “sin tax” to maintain Cleveland's three professional sports facilities.

Other topics included the 56-page special marketing section on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to be featured in United’s Hemispheres magazine February issue. Click to listen.