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J.D. Power ranking of Hopkins does not tell the full story

J.D. Power & Associates recently released its 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, placing Hopkins International Airport (CLE) last among medium-sized airports.

The study measured overall traveler satisfaction based on five factors, including airport accessibility, security check, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, and terminal shopping.

The Airport scored a 704 out of 1,000 in 2016 and 698 out of 1,000 in the 2015 study.

We feel some perspective is warranted.

Data for the J.D. Power airport ratings for both 2016 and 2015 were compiled while the airport was undergoing significant construction. They do not provide a fair representation of the final result of these improvements that were completed in time for guests arriving for the Republican National Convention.

As the airport’s Interim Director Fred Szabo has noted: “During this J.D. Power rating period, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was conducting a major construction project, which had a significant impact on customers’ opinions of our airport. 

“Since the conclusion of the project, we have seen significant improvement and a highly positive response from our passengers.” Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s “Wills and Snyder” interview, GCP President and CEO Roman talks with co-host Bill Wills about  some of the key priorities the GCP will focus on in 2017.

Roman observed that “2016 was great year, but we have to keep looking forward.”

Click to listen.

Ultimate Air Shuttle adds direct flights from Burke to New York City

Ultimate Air Shuttle has announced that it is adding direct flights to New York City via Morristown Airport (MMU) N.J. from Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) beginning January 17, 2017.

The price between Cleveland and New York City will be $559 round trip.

Flights will depart MMU at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and arrive at BKL at 9:42 a.m. then depart BKL at 10:15 a.m. and arrive at MMU at 11:15 a.m. Read more.

Business and political leaders connect at GCP’s Public Officials Reception

The 53rd annual Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, brought more than 500 of Northeast Ohio’s business and community leaders together with elected local, state and federal officials Friday night at Windows on the River.

The event kicked off with a pre-reception conversation with Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Cliff Rosenberger moderated by GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. The discussion focused on legislative priorities for the coming session.

Many thanks to our sponsors, members and their guests for making the event a tremendous success.

Click to see more photos from the event.

Find summer interns at no cost to your company

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central program is collaborating with Cuyahoga Community College to offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s Summer Internship Program.

Students will be compensated by the college at $10 per hour. They also will receive financial support for one course during the Summer Term (up to 4 credits) and one book (up to $125). Learn more.

GCP 2016 Election Report

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

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2016 Election Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 General Election results on GCP priorities, the Northeast Ohio business community and economic development in our city and region.

In addition to commentary on the presidential and U.S. Senate races, we discuss the outcomes of voters’ decisions on Issue 32, the proposed 0.5 percent City of Cleveland income tax increase and Issue 108, the four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and its high-quality charter school partners. Click to read or download.

The Rooney Rule and diversity strategies from the NFL

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of Greater Cleveland Partnership, held its second annual Leadership Forum today at The Union Club.

More than 125 attendees, which included CEOs and members of their senior staff, heard from Robert Gulliver, the National Football League’s chief human resources officer (photo right), about the league’s diversity and inclusion efforts including the Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for open NFL head coaching and senior football operations positions.

Gulliver also engaged in a conversation with Commission Co-chair and GCP Board member Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (photo left), which included a discussion of how the Rooney Rule can be implemented in corporate America. Read more.

A taste of CLE is heading to Chicago

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman is making good on his World Series wager with Theresa Mintle, his peer at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Joe and Theresa—who serve together on the Executive Committee of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives—each wagered $100 of locally produced merchandise (mostly food products) from their respective cities based on who would win the Series.

Roman is putting together a gift basket that will include Cleveland made specialties from Great Lakes Brewing Company, Gallucci’s, Campbell’s Sweets Factory, Malley’s Chocolates, and the CLE Clothing Company. Read more.

CDA investment supports catalytic school redevelopment project

After nearly 20 years of vacancy, as well as numerous attempts at redevelopment, the Joseph and Feiss complex located on West 53rd Street in the Stockyards neighborhood is finally being revitalized into a catalytic neighborhood asset.

Financing has closed for a $17 million project that will redevelop the building as the new home of Menlo Park Academy (Menlo).

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation, Ohio NMTC allocation, and $3.1 million in financing.

Menlo is Ohio’s only tuition-free community school focused solely on gifted learners in grades K-8. It is an approved partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and Cleveland residents are given priority for admission. Menlo's partnership with the CMSD supports the goals and implementation of The Cleveland Plan, one of GCP's top educational priorities. Read more.

Focusing on the future, CMSD students pledge their commitment to graduate

Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) ninth graders who attend Academies of Cleveland (AoC) schools recently pledged their commitment to graduate in a ceremony held at each of the five AoC schools.

AoC is a new approach to college and career readiness for students attending these CMSD high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies. 

It is one component of Pathways Partners, an initiative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that connects the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce. Read more.

Chamber execs wager on World Series outcome

Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman and Theresa Mintle, his peer at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, have a wager going for this year’s World Series.

One team—probably the Indians, Joe thinks—will end one of baseball’s two longest championship droughts. (Cleveland is looking for its first World Series title in 68 years; the Cubs haven’t won since 1908.)

Joe and Theresa—who serve together on the Executive Committee of the Association of Chambers of Commerce—are each wagering $100 of locally produced merchandise (mostly food products) from their respective cities based on the final outcomes. Read more.

Above image: "Rally Together" mural on display at Public Square.

Issues vital to Cleveland’s economy and future need voter support

Vote “Yes” on Issue 32

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors formally supported Issue 32 because it would give our city the ability to enhance services, grow and develop our neighborhoods, and it will lessen the impact of other revenue cuts recently imposed on Cleveland.Read more in our blog.

Issue 108 will continue CMSD’s progress

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a "YES" vote on Issue 108, a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Levy funds will provide four more years of financial support for The Cleveland Plan, Mayor Frank Jackson's blueprint for positively transforming the delivery and impact of education for Cleveland’s K-12 students. The levy is vital to continue progress achieved through the plan's implementation. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Why the organization is urging a YES vote on the Cleveland schools levy and the city income tax increase and the importance of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and teachers reaching a contract agreement.

The conversation also includes observations about the boost to downtown from the Indians’ success in the postseason playoffs and projects that are encouraging investment in Cleveland neighborhoods and more.

Click to listen.

CDA plays key financing role in transformational Ohio City project

Financing for the $60 million Ohio City project known as w25d has closed and construction is officially underway.

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and $2.5 million in financing.

The project, involving both new construction and historic renovation, will bring 194 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of commercial space to this key intersection. Read more.

What's needed to prolong the economic recovery?

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester spoke last week at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Third Quarter Middle Market Forum attended by more than 70 CEOs from GCP/COSE middle-market and small business investor companies.

In her remarks, Dr. Mester said that an increase in the federal funds rate is appropriate and would help prolong the economic recovery.

“The reason I believe a gradual upward path of policy continues to be appropriate and that I favored taking another step on that path in September is because of the realized progress the economy has made on our monetary policy goals and my expectation of further progress,” she said. Read more.

Broad coalition promotes diversity in construction industry workforce

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) initiative has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) on major construction projects.

A new CDI video explores how this community endeavor got its start, what progress has been made and the impact it has had in Cleveland. Click here to watch.

The Cleveland connection to global markets

The Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership and five public-sector partners, serves as a forum where public- and private-sector leadership can collaborate on infrastructure projects and issues of critical importance to Northeast Ohio’s economic climate.

This week’s “GCP Insight” video focuses on the economic impact of the Port of Cleveland, one of the Civic Connection’s public-sector agencies. Click to watch.

New Commission Co-chairs announced

A transition of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s (COEI) leadership was announced at last week's Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting.

The new co-chairs are GCP Board member Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank Northern Ohio (photo left) and Lonnie Coleman, president, Coleman Spohn Corporation. Read more. 

Joe Roman on WTAM

Greater Cleveland Partnership President Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about indicators of Cleveland's progress and growth—including positive trends in population growth in the city and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Find out what is needed to keep the city’s economic momentum moving forward.

Click to listen.

New GCP Board Chair elected

Cleveland—Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, has been elected as the new chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors.

His election was announced today at the GCP Annual Meeting at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. 

Results of the 2016 Board membership election also were announced. Click for details.

Greater Cleveland Civic Connection continues tradition of collaboration

Public-private partnerships have been essential in driving Northeast Ohio’s economic resurgence over the past several decades, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has been an integral facilitator in bringing together the necessary partners for the betterment of the region.

This tradition of collaboration enters a new era in 2016 with the establishment of Greater Cleveland Civic Connection.

A program of the GCP, Civic Connection leverages the strength of our region’s business community and the leadership of our public sector to support economic growth through targeted investment in utility and transportation infrastructure. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills about in-the-news topics related to our organization's priorities.

The conversation covers how Cleveland has proven its ability to host mega-events after the success of the 2016 Republican National Convention; why the GCP opposes any form of Cleveland-only minimum wage hike; concerns over a possible Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers’ strike and more. Click to listen.

25-year effort under way to protect our Great Lake

Learn about the $3 billion investment the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is making in Project Clean Lake, a 25-year effort to reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing into Lake Erie.

NEORSD Executive Director Julius Ciaccia also talks about water quality’s importance to economic and lakefront development in Cleveland. Click to watch.

Former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette remembered

Former Northeast Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette was born in Cleveland, began his career as a public defender and in private practice before becoming Lake County prosecutor in 1988.

He served our region in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years. He died last week at the age of 62 after battling cancer.

“I lost a friend and the region lost a titan of public service,” stated Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH). “God rest, my friend. You will be missed.”

"Steve made tough decisions based on what was right, not on party loyalty," reflected Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). “He was a statesman and a true public servant. Steve will be greatly missed.”

Congressman LaTourette will always be remembered as an elected official who worked across party lines and partisan politics. He was instrumental in supporting his constituency and members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership on a variety of priority issues included in our Public Policy Agenda. 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 2016 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.

Click to download the ballot
with details about voting.

Joe Roman on WTAM

The Republican National Convention takeaway for the city and its residents: Cleveland delivered!

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with WTAM’s Bill Snyder about the extremely positive feedback from delegates, visitors and the media about their experience here last week, what this means for the city going forward, and more. Click to listen.

What was it like to see the convention up close?

By Joe Roman
President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee

Opening Night: North Coast Harbor has NEVER looked so good, nor the lakefront more promising….over 12,000 guests, donors, delegates and media attended in perfect weather.

Personally, I remember when, over 20 years ago, Cleveland Tomorrow, our predecessor, and North Coast Harbor, where Dave Gilbert worked at the time, were working just to make sure people knew we had a harbor and park again.

Then came the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, a new stadium for the Cleveland Browns, and—just before the RNC—a new restaurant. With more to come.

I just wished that Senator Voinovich, the namesake of the park, could have seen it in all its full glory.

Click to read more

In case you missed it: Convention media coverage praises Cleveland

Here are a few of the positive stories about Cleveland, suggesting that the message is getting through that the city has moved well beyond its past.

Washington Post: We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.

Chicago Tribune: Cleveland, a city on the rebound

Inside Edition: From doom to boom: Home to RNC, Cleveland is surging after years of urban decay

Wall Street Journal
(video): The Cleveland business leaders behind the GOP convention

Read more.

A volunteer’s experience: Helping visitors, taking photos, appearing on the “TODAY” show

By Paul Marnecheck
Membership Development Manager, Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE

Read about Paul's experience from the journal he kept:

Monday: This was my first full day as the guest INTHECLE Tweeter. The day began very positive. No traffic problems coming into work. The town looked and felt amazing.

Checked in as WAYFINDER @ Noon in Tower City and was assigned E. 4th and Prospect, which turned out to be where the main entrance to the Convention Center was! 

Got to see people from across U.S. all decked out in the political garb (hats, pins, buttons) including the OH delegation wearing buttons honoring former long time ORP Chair Bob Bennett...
In the evening, I was able to attend a dinner at TAZA on West 6th hosted by the Cleveland Lebanese-American Community for the Lebanese-American Members of Congress...I also managed to make it onto the TODAY Show doing a Trump impression for SNL’s Colin Jost. 

Thursday: July 21:
This was my last volunteer shift. I estimate I took 100 photos for people... Click to read more about Paul’s experience.

Above photo: Paul Marnecheck (right) with Jonathan Harris, a branch manager for Portage County District Library, who created a buzz with his “Make America Read Again” campaign.

It's convention week in Cleveland

After two years of bidding, planning, execution and deep breaths, the 2016 Republican National Convention is getting under way here in Cleveland. Fencing and signs are up to guide traffic, pedestrians, and parades throughout our downtown for the next 7-10 days.

Meanwhile, with some adjustments, many people will be following their daily routines throughout the week. To help you through the bustle of activities and people, the Cleveland 2016  Host Committee has put together some tips via its Community Update newsletter. Click for details.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder,” about how the many investments made to help the city get ready to host the 2016 Republican Convention will continue to pay dividends for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio residents for months and years to come after the big event.

Click to listen.

How diverse is our region?

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has completed the analysis of the results of its 2015 Employers Survey on Diversity™.

The survey, which is completed by Commission member organizations, has provided contextual information on the status of economic diversity and inclusion efforts in our region for 14 years compiling data in four key areas: board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

The 2015 survey was completed by 85 Northeast Ohio employers with a total of close to 160,000 employees.
Click here for a summary.
      Click here for the full survey.

It's real and it feels terrific!

Here at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we join countless others in offering our congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champs!

This victory is sweet—spelling the end of Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.

But you can also look at it another way.

We all know that our professional sports teams are tremendous economic assets. Yes, the names have changed. But the facilities now named Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field were two of the initial catalysts of downtown Cleveland’s multibillion-dollar rebirth. Read more.

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Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s conversation with WTAM’s Bill Wills and Greater Cleveland Partnership CEO Joe Roman include:

Memories of former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor, George Voinovich, who died last week and updates on Cleveland’s readiness to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and progress on the Public Square renovation.

Click to listen.

Remembering George Voinovich

By Joe Roman

While no one leader or institution precipitated Cleveland’s decline in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a man who used vision, cooperation and dedication to launch the renaissance and momentum we all feel today in our city.

George Voinovich was a true believer and avid practitioner of the so-called public-private partnership—a vital cooperative effort that he led as mayor in the dismal wake of municipal default.

I met with the former mayor, governor and U.S. senator just two weeks ago. He was, in many ways, my professional mentor and a father of sorts. Whenever I asked him for help, guidance or his opinion, I always received a prompt and thoughtful reply.

During what turned out sadly to be our final conversation, we discussed many things including his career, things he wished he would have had time to do, and his just-completed book. Read more.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich (Innerbelt) Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers. While in several elected positions, he was a leader in addressing transportation issues facing our region and country.

Urban neighborhood revitalization continues in Cleveland

Last week, the Wall Street Journal included a story about young, educated, high-earning professionals who are moving to city neighborhoods with a focus on Ohio City in Cleveland.

Click to read the story about how this trend has changed the neighborhood, including a reduction in the office and retail vacancy rate to 2 percent and increased housing values.

Now, the redevelopment is expanding, just beyond Ohio City. Recently, the Board of Cleveland Development Advisors, the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, approved $12.5 million in financing to support the W25d project, located in the Ohio City Market District Sub-market.
(Image: Map of Ohio City, including the Ohio City Market District)

The $60 million multi-purpose development at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit, is being developed by the Snavely Group. Read more.

Growth strategies and insights for middle-market leaders

Expert insights on three top-of-mind topics for middle-market executives were shared at the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum held May 12th at Corporate College East.

Following a welcome from GCP Board member Bernie Moreno (above photo), president of Bernie Moreno Companies and chair of the GCP Middle-Market Committee, the program featured presentations and conversations about growth trends and concerns in the middle market; cyber security/risk; export readiness; and attracting top management talent. Read more.

For more event highlights, check out the @GCPartnership Twitter stream (hashtag #GCMMF) and/or download the forum app to your smart phone to access the agenda and speakers’ information.

Joe Roman on WTAM

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with WTAM "Wills and Snyder" host Bill Wills on several topics that include:

Why saving the PlayhouseSquare theaters in the 1970s was so critical to the revitalization of downtown Cleveland; contributions of NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) to the region’s economy and how you can be part of the GRC's 75th anniversary celebration; and medical marijuana legislation that’s moving through the Ohio Assembly.

Click to listen.

GCP members named as finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor members named by EY as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Northeast Ohio region (above photo left to right):Terry Davis, president and CEO, Our Lady of the Wayside; Dr. Albert Green, CEO, Kent Displays, Inc.; James Keene, owner, Keene Building Products; and James Tu, executive chairman and CEO, Energy Focus, Inc.

These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a gala June 9 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

GCP Annual Meeting rewind:“A brokered convention” prediction

With the 2016 Republican National Convention starting three months from today (it runs from July 18-21), it’s interesting to recall remarks made by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting keynote speaker Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that this could be a “brokered convention.”

“That’s pretty exciting for those of us in the media,” he said.

Click to watch the video.

Joe Roman on WTAM

This month’s conversation with Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder,” includes good news about Greater Cleveland projects included in the state capital budget released this week, how the Greater Cleveland Partnership is ramping up its support of middle-market companies, new nonstop flights starting at Hopkins Airport and more.

Click to listen.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s conversation on WTAM's “Wills and Snyder” program with GCP President and CEO Joe Roman include:

Why the NASA Glenn Research Center remains a top priority for the GCP, how hosting the Republican National Convention will give Cleveland city the opportunity chance to tell the story about its economic development progress to a global audience and more.

Click to listen.

Tackling the challenges of talent development and retention

Hiring and retaining a high-caliber workforce is a major concern for employers of all sizes.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting a sold-out “Talent Pipeline Management” conference on Wednesday, March 23 in Washington, D.C., notes that “The American economy is facing a serious crisis…U.S. businesses are leaving jobs unfilled because they cannot find qualified talent.”

Learn more about upcoming GCP and business community events that are addressing the challenges of talent development and retention.

 - Cleveland Health Means Business Forum on Wednesday, April 6

 - Linking IT Talent to Opportunity on Wednesday, April 20

 - Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Thursday, May 12.

Read more.

Hot topics for the C-suite: cyber security, export readiness and talent management

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum on Thursday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Corporate College East.

Our program will feature expert insights into cyber security, export readiness and attracting top talent management—three top-of-mind topics for many C-suite executives and their direct reports.

Attendees will have the opportunity join the conversation during the Q&A sessions after each presentation.

Click to register now
and take advantage of the GCP-member early-bird discount of $99 per person available through April 12.

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Acquire valuable inclusion data for your company

There’s still time to participate in the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s 2015 Employers Survey on Diversity™.

By contributing your company’s data to the aggregate report on diversity metrics in the region, you will acquire valuable data that can be incorporated into your growth and talent acquisition strategies.

Whether you are a current Commission member who has not yet completed the survey, or if your company would like to participate for the first time, we encourage you to be part of this process. Read more.

Advance Ohio president named to GCP Board

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors approved the appointment of Advance Ohio President Timothy Knight to the Board at its quarterly meeting last week.

Before joining Advance Ohio, which operates, the Sun News and is responsible for all multimedia ad sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer, Knight held leadership positions at Tribune Company, Newsday and most recently the Chicago Sun Times. Read more.

Notice of Nomination: Greater Cleveland Partnership

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.

Members desiring to nominate any candidate(s) to the GCP Board of Directors should submit these names and contact information by 5 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016, 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, is forthcoming, as is a confirmed date and venue for the Annual Meeting of Members to be held later this year.

Economic realities driving East Cleveland annexation conversation

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton discusses the economic realities that have led to the conversation about the possible annexation of the near-ring suburb by the City of Cleveland.

He notes that East Cleveland's population has dipped from 40,000 in 1970 to about 17,000 today. In addition, the average household income today is $20,000 and the majority of residents are unemployed.

These numbers, he says, point to the need to consider changes. Click to watch the video.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s “Wills & Snyder” conversation with CEO Joe Roman include:

  • Our state funding recommendations for game-changing Greater Cleveland projects; supporting the effort to award Indians legend Bob Feller with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (click here to sign the petition);

  • Readiness to host the 2016 Republican National Convention (150 days and counting) Public Square, Hopkins Airport renovation and other projects are on schedule. Click to listen.

Help the effort to honor a Cleveland baseball legend

The Cleveland Indians have filed a petition to President Obama, launching a campaign to have All-Star pitcher Bob Feller honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—and the effort needs your help.

The petition requires 100,000 signatures by March 4 to require a response from the White House. As of today, more than 85,000 signatures are still needed. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States.

Click here to learn more about--and to sign--the petition.

CDA closes on financing for new urban high school

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, closed on financing for the new Saint Martin de Porres High School (SMDP) in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.

SMDP is a Cristo Rey Network school that provides children of modest economic means with an education experience that includes work study, service, leadership training and spirituality.

CDA provided Federal and Ohio New Markets Tax Credits as well as a loan. Read more.

Nonstop service continuing from CLE on two routes dropped by United

Although United Airlines is eliminating nonstop service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and St. Louis in May as part of a system-wide realignment, the route will be picked up in June by Southwest Airlines.

This change, as well as United’s decision to cut its nonstop route from CLE to Las Vegas, reflects the reality of the marketplace, says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, which can be a positive for Hopkins travelers.

“CLE’s high origination and destination passenger continue to be strong, which has attracted low and ultra-low cost carriers, increasing competition and driving down fares benefiting travelers, “said Roman.

“United’s system-wide realignment decision to reduce and replace regional flying impacts the CLE-STL route, but we’re fortunate to have Southwest Airlines picking up the route with larger equipment."

In addition, passengers flying to Las Vegas can choose from three nonstop options. Southwest, Frontier and Spirit are providing service. Read more.

Ohio's middle-market growth improves, tops national trend

Ohio’s middle-market companies’ year-over-year revenue growth in 2015 improved compared to 2014, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s Middle Market 4Q 2015 Indicator report released last week.

Last year’s Ohio middle-market revenue growth rate was reported at 6.6 percent, compared to 5.4 percent at the end of 2014.

As a result, Ohio revenues topped the national 2015 growth rate of 6.1 percent, which was a full percentage point lower than what was reported at the end of 2014. Read more.

How internships can be a ” win-win” for employers and students

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, the GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks about the value of internships for both employers and students.

Learn how the GCP and Cleveland State University are working together to improve and enhance internship opportunities through the upcoming Cleveland Internship Summit and how you can add your input and ideas. Click to watch.

GCP congratulates NASA Glenn on its 75th anniversary

NASA Glenn Research Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary starting this month.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership is proud to continue leading the advocacy efforts to maintain and build upon the viability of NASA in this region,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station, which comprise the Glenn Research Center, have added billions of dollars to our economy, attracted top talent to its workforce and continue to be a source of pride for our citizens.”  

To commemorate this milestone, the center has created a 75th anniversary logo featuring  an image of the center’s distinctive airplane hangar, a symbolic orbital trajectory, and the message “Our Past. Our Present. Your Future.” Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month's "Wills and Snyder" interview with host Bills Wills, Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman talks about:

  • More dollars for downtown development: Developers are willing to invest because they see opportunities as Cleveland’s downtown population continues to grow.
  • The cost of airfare for Hopkins travelers continues to drop: The absence of a hub has meant a decline in ticket prices and other airlines adding routes. Cleveland is a strong market and they want to be here.
  • Positive trends in brain gain: A new study by Cleveland State University has found that Cleveland ranks eighth among cities in the growth rate of college-educated millennials and more.

  • Readiness to host the 2016 Republican National Convention: Projects such as the Public Square renovation & Convention Center Hotel are on time and on budget, while the 16,000+ hotel rooms needed have been secured.
Click to listen.

Supporting Northeast Ohio companies helps grow the region’s economy

With 40+ growth and expansion projects currently in the pipeline, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s award-winning Business Development Team is gearing up for 2016.

“The growth of our regional economy is driven by the base of companies that call Northeast Ohio home,” says Deb Janik, the GCP’s senior vice president of business and real estate development. “Our team is focused on helping them solve problems and take advantage of growth opportunities." Read more.

Looking ahead in 2016: Accelerating progress and building positive momentum

The coming year promises to be a milestone in Cleveland’s history. The countdown is on with the start of the 2016 Republican National Convention only about 6 1/2 months away.

Working collaboratively to help our city successfully host this historic event is high on our 2016 priorities list. The collaborative effort of the private and public sectors is focused on ensuring that Cleveland is well-prepared and best-represented when the international media spotlight is on our community.
Read more.