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Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s “Wills and Snyder” interview: Efforts to maintain NASA Glenn funding, securing the last part of dollars needed for the Public Square renovation; briefing the media on covering the 2016 Republican National Convention—our city and region; upcoming ballot issues in 2016 and more.

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CLE air service: renovations and upgrades; passenger traffic on the rise

Once the construction inconvenience at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is over, your travel experience will be greatly improved. CLE’s $68M in renovations are on track for completion by May 2016.

The $24M terminal renovation continues to be on schedule and budget. CLE travelers will also begin to notice new finish upgrades to floors, walls, columns, as well as new signage and LED lighting to support the airport’s plan of reducing its carbon footprint. Meanwhile, year-to-date total passengers were 6,769,603 up 336,416 or 5.23 percent from a year ago. Read more.

MBDA Business Center Cleveland office earns “outstanding” rating

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland has earned an “outstanding” performance rating for the period from April 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 from the national MBDA office at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since its launch in 2011, the MBDA Business Center Cleveland has worked with minority businesses throughout the State of Ohio. Results include $101M in contract awards, $21M in capital awards, 845 jobs created and 1047 jobs retained. Read more.

The MBDA Business Center Cleveland is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman’s monthly interview with Bill Wills on WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder” provides an update on GCP priorities and economic development progress in Great Cleveland.

Learn what's new with game-changing construction projects including Public Square and Hopkins Airport, which are on schedule for completion in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention, looking ahead to 2016 ballot issues, and how NASA Glenn is building new connections to companies and the community. Click to listen.

U.S. economy improving, but recovery is lagging

Although the U.S. economy has improved since the recession, the recovery is still lagging, says Dr. Martin Regalia, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s senior vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist.

Speaking to more than 75 middle-market CEOs at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Fourth Quarter Middle-Market Forum last week, he described the economic picture as “glass half-full/glass half-empty.”

Looking ahead, he said that the impact of the slow recovery will continue to be due to several issues including U.S. monetary and fiscal policies.
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GCP to support new $20M venture capital fund led by JumpStart

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is proud to announce its limited-partner investment in JumpStart's new for-profit $20M venture capital fund called the JumpStart NEXT Fund.

The fund is focused on co-investing with other VCs and private-sector investors in Ohio-based companies who need to raise $2M-$8M in private capital to continue their growth. Read more.

Public-private partnerships secure Lincoln Electric welding technology center project

Public-private partnerships, once again, have proven to be the driving force in securing a major economic development project for Greater Cleveland.

The latest project was announced last week by the Lincoln Electric Company: the building of a Welding Technology Center, which is scheduled to break ground in spring 2016 on its Euclid, Ohio campus.

“This project demonstrates the strength and character of the public-private partnerships that exist in Cuyahoga County and the region,” says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “This is an investment not only in Lincoln Electric and Northeast Ohio but also our entire manufacturing industry.” Read more.

JetBlue adding third nonstop flight from CLE to Boston

JetBlue Airways is adding an additional daily nonstop flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to Boston beginning May 5, 2016. The service will depart CLE at 6:20 a.m. and arrive in Boston at 8:07 a.m.

“This additional JetBlue service confirms that Cleveland continues to be a strong market for air travel,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “There are a lot of factors in play that result in more airline interest in Hopkins, including an improved airport, reduced costs, more traffic-generating assets, and, of course, customer demand.” Read more.

CDA provides financing for historic renovation in Warehouse District

The $37.6 million historic renovation of the building formerly known as National Terminal Warehouse on West 10th Street is under way.

Morgan Management acquired the building in 2014 and is transforming the 250-unit apartment building into a market rate product known as The Archer. Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $3.5 million loan to bridge a portion of the Federal and Ohio historic tax credit equity. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

This month’s interview with host Bill Wills: How private investment and development are changing the dynamic of our waterfront; why it’s important that voters understand the specifics of the marijuana legalization ballot initiatives (Issues 2 and 3), how the business community is engaging with Cleveland schools to promote career readiness and more.

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How you can leverage inclusion to boost competitiveness

Success in business includes increasing competitiveness, boosting the bottom line, and attracting and keeping top talent. A growing number of studies has found that all three can happen when a company creates strategies to develop and sustain an inclusive workplace and leverage its benefits.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, is inviting GCP members who aren’t already part of its roster of 100+ Northeast Ohio employers to sign up and take the first steps toward building and leveraging an inclusive organization. Read more.

GCP Board news: Two new members appointed

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors approved the appointment of two new Board members at its quarterly meeting last week: Charles E. (Chuck) Jones, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, and Rear Admiral June Ryan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Mr. Jones also will serve on the GCP Executive Committee. Read more.

Learn how your company can access workforce training money

More than 122,000 Ohio employees already have been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. That number will increase because Round 4 begins soon.

Businesses can begin the online application process next Monday, September 28, and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their request.  Click for details.

Discovering identity and a possible career path

True2U, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders was launched last week with a kickoff event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Many thanks to the volunteer mentors from GCP member companies, including The Lubrizol Corporation, Medical Mutual, KeyBank and The Sherwin-Williams Company, who attended. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Get an update on several Greater Cleveland Partnership priorities in this month's interview with GCP President and CEO Joe Roman and "Wills and Snyder" host Bill Wills.

Topics include: Increases in passenger traffic and capacity at Hopkins Airport; new weekday shuttle service between Burke Lakefront Airport and Cincinnati; progress in preparations to host the 2016 Republican National Convention; and launching True2You, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 CMSD eighth-graders. Click to listen.

Promoting inclusion in Greater Cleveland construction projects

The Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative of the Commission on Economic Inclusion reports progress and activity on three fronts in its efforts to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms in Greater Cleveland’s major construction projects.

Collaborative efforts are addressing challenges or producing results in workforce readiness, local hiring, and owners outreach and reporting.

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Next steps in the proposed Cleveland-East Cleveland merger

In this week’s special segment of the “GCP Insight” video series: Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley about the proposed merger between the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Click to watch and learn more about the process and next steps.

Ohio’s middle market steady growth tops national rate

Revenue growth for Ohio’s middle-market companies over the past 12 months topped that of the national rate, according to the National Center for the Middle-Market’s 2Q 2015 Middle Market Indicator (MMI) report.

Ohio companies reported growth at 6.8 percent compared to a national rate of 6.6 percent.

“Ohio’s middle-market businesses are continuing to drive our state’s economy” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman noting that more half of those companies are in Northeast Ohio. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Listen to this month's interview with GCP President and CEO Joe Roman and "Wills and Snyder" host Bill Wills and learn about:

 - The launch of Nestle’s $50M R&D center in Solon
 -  How hosting the first Republican presidential candidate debate on
    August 6 is a test run for the 2016 RNC
 -  Progress on the renovation of Public Square
 -  Accelerating efforts to improve public education in the City of Cleveland.

GCP and Commission Annual Reports are now online

The 2014 annual reports of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, are now online.

The GCP Annual Report highlights progress in advancing our priorities in advocacy, physical development and infrastructure, business development, education reform, inclusion and our Middle-Market Initiative.

The Commission Annual Report includes a summary of the results of the 2014 Employers Survey on Diversity; information on the 2014 Best-in-Class award winners, the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, as well as a review of accomplishments during the first year of the Construction Diversity Initiative and the fourth year of operation by the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Cleveland.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President Joe Roman's topics in this month’s “Wills and Snyder’s” interview include:

  • Possible intrigue at the 2016 RNC if no candidate finishes the presidential primaries with  enough delegates to secure the nomination; renewing the Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture levy that supports both our world-renowned and locally focused institutions; and the marijuana legalization ballot issue that will go before Ohio voters in November. Click to listen.

$200M+ EB-5 investments supporting Northeast Ohio job-creating projects

Learn more about the EB-5 program in this interview with Steve Strnisha, CEO of the Cleveland International Fund (CiF).

EB-5 is an employer-based immigration program that allows overseas investors/applicants to invest in job-creating projects. Investors and their families receive conditional residency in the U.S. and, ultimately, permanent residency.

CiF is a regional center that invests EB-5 dollars. More than $200M has been raised for Northeast Ohio projects. Click to watch.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Greater Cleveland Partnership President Joe Roman’s monthly update on WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder” includes:

Why GCP is hosting a forum on May 21st about proposed marijuana legalization in Ohio; the business community’s concerns about tax reform proposed in the state budget; the need for ongoing collaboration among all stakeholders to continue improving education outcomes in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and our new internship initiative.  Click to listen.

Middle Market Forum Recap: Gen Y shaping our future, success strategies, responding to regulation and more

Ken Gronbach (photo right), one of the nation’s leading demographers, told more than 200 middle-market executives at last Friday’s Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum there will be a huge paradigm shift as Baby Boomers retire and members of Generation Y take their place in the workplace.

Bernie Moreno, chairman of GCP’s Middle-Market Committee (photo left), moderated the forum.

“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd to keynote GCP Annual Meeting

We're pleased to announce that Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press,” will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 17 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. To secure prime seating for your company, click to purchase a corporate table of 10.

NOTE: The purchase of a $2500 premium table includes admission for one person from your company to a pre-event VIP reception with Mr. Todd.

Launch of JetBlue service to Boston adds more options for CLE business travelers

Last week’s JetBlue Airways’ launch of twice-daily service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Boston Logan International Airport is the culmination of months of work by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Air Service Demand Task Force (ASDTF) in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and CLE officials.

“The Greater Cleveland business community has indicated that the CLE-BOS route is an important one to companies in the region,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Plus, Hopkins travelers can now enjoy the benefit of JetBlue’s best-in-class customer service and a modern fleet of equipment with outstanding in-flight amenities.” Read more.

GCP-backed amendment changes population threshold for HB 47 open container exemption

The Greater Cleveland Partnership was successful this week in getting an amendment to HB 47 (Refreshment Areas – Open Container Exemption) that will change the population threshold for the F-8 liquor permit.

Alesha Washington, GCP's Senior Director of Government Advocacy, testified before the Senate State and Local Government Committee on the importance of this change. The F-8 permit allows nonprofit organizations that manage publicly owned spaces to host events, up to nine months out of the year, that serve alcohol.

The population threshold in current law only applies to Hamilton County but with the change, Cuyahoga and Franklin counties also would be eligible to apply. Read more.

Click to read the testimony.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics discussed in today’s “Wills and Snyder” interview include how hosting the 2015 Rock Hall inductions demonstrates that Cleveland can pull off a big event as the city preps to host the 2016 RNC and an update the Public Square renovation.

Also, how the Opportunity Corridor and other projects are breathing new life into Cleveland’s neighborhoods and more new flights coming to Hopkins Airport as JetBlue launches service to Boston and Ft. Lauderdale at the end of the month. Click to listen.

Volunteer for True2U: A new mentoring opportunity to strengthen our local talent pipeline

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, a new program—True2U—created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), will launch in the Fall 2015 semester to provide eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

The GCP is the lead business partner for True2U and invites business professionals to volunteer as mentors for the program. Click to get started.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics discussed in today’s “Wills and Snyder” interview include: why the GCP and other Ohio metro chambers have concerns with the Governor’s proposed biennial budget and how Cleveland can leverage the positive economic impact of hosting the 2016 RNC;

Also find out what the new downtown pedestrian bridge to Lake Erie will mean for lakefront development and why the Tribe needs your support and how you can enjoy the new fan experience at Progressive Field. Click to listen.

Potential suppliers learn how to build relationships with GE

Last week, the GCP and Ohio Aerospace Institute coordinated efforts to bring four GE experts to discuss how businesses can benefit from building relationships with GE, which has a long history in Northeast Ohio.

This includes a world-class lighting R&D division in East Cleveland.  Read more.

GCP elects five new Board members

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO, KeyCorp, announced that five new members have been elected to the GCP Board at the Board's quarterly meeting last week.

Photo left to right: Jennifer Bell, Aon Risk Services; Michael Hilton, Nordson Corporation; David LaRue, Forest City Enterprises; Jeffrey Murphy, Dominion East Ohio; and Randall Myeroff, Cohen & Company.

New co-chairs named for Construction Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

GCP Board member Dr. Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College (photo right), and Gareth Vaughan, president of The A.M. Higley Company (photo left), have agreed to serve as the new co-chairs of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative.

Outgoing co-chairs Natoya Walker-Minor, chief of public affairs, City of Cleveland, and Anthony Panzica, president and CEO, Panzica Construction Company, will continue as members of the CDI Executive Committee and the Commission’s Advisory Board. Read more.

We need your vote!

Immediate action required!

A designated representative of a member company of the Greater Cleveland Partnership or COSE is entitled to vote in the 2015 election of the GCP Board of Directors.

By checking the appropriate box on the ballot, you may either submit proxy instructions to vote for the entire slate of nominated candidates or submit proxy instructions to vote for individual names. Your ballot must be received on or before Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Click to download the ballot.

How to drive company growth: Build relationships, nurture talent

60 seconds with...Bernie Moreno, president, Bernie Moreno Companies

Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Bernie Moreno, president of Bernie Moreno Companies, and chair of GCP’s Middle-Market Committee, will be a presenter as a “Growth Champion” at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Friday, May 8 at Corporate College East.

In this Q&A with Every Monday, he shares some of the strategies that have led to his business success. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman provides an update on several GCP priorities for 2015 on today’s “Wills and Snyder.”

Learn about the latest on 2016 RNC preparations, air service at Hopkins, NASA Glenn funding, Opportunity Corridor and more.

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MBDA Cleveland Business Center updates brand, launches new website

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Cleveland has updated its brand with a new tagline—“Ohio’s Answer for Growth, Opportunity and Access” and the launch of a new website. Read more.

The MBDA Cleveland office is operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

GCP, city and Hopkins focus on boosting nonstop service on priority business routes

As air service out of Hopkins Airport (CLE) continues to evolve, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the City of Cleveland and airport officials remain focused on how to restore nonstop service to seven priority business routes.

Priority destinations cities no longer served nonstop by United are Austin, Kansas City, New Orleans, Providence, R.I., San Antonio. San Diego and West Palm Beach. Efforts also include working to increase the frequency of nonstops to St. Louis, which is currently served by two nonstop flights from CLE.

"The partnership between the city and the business community around Hopkins airport remains strong,” says Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) President and CEO Joe Roman. “As the airline industry continues to evolve and adjust to market conditions, it’s anticipated that other carriers will add new service or increased frequencies to cities that are under-served."  Read more.

What are your priority business destinations?

Please email us at about which routes would help your company with added or replaced nonstop service.

Notice of nomination: GCP Board of Directors

Pursuant to the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Code of Regulations, the candidates for directorships will be recommended through the Nominating Committee chaired by Scott Chaikin.

Those members desiring to nominate any candidate(s) to the GCP Board of Directors should submit names and contact information by 5 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015. to:

Secretary, Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1717.
The GCP ballot, including the candidates for the GCP Board of Directors, will be made available on the GCP website on February 25, 2015.

Joe Roman on WTAM

On today's "Wills and Snyder:" Updates on the 2016 RNC and the second Innerbelt Bridge project, revving up business development support for our region's companies and more.

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CDA provides financing for residential project in PlayhouseSquare

The development team of The Dalad Group and The Slyman Group has closed on financing for the historic renovation of the building located at 1220 Huron in PlayhouseSquare.

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $4.5 million loan to bridge the federal and Ohio historic tax credit equity and a $400,000 subordinate loan for the $17.7 million project. Read more.