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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.