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Next steps outlined in GCP’s strategic planning process

Work to advance progress to date on the new Greater Cleveland Partnership three-year strategic plan is continuing over summer.

Next steps were outlined last week at the GCP Board’s quarterly meeting.

It will include securing additional feedback from GCP Board members and representatives from GCP member companies, as well as seeking their participation in task groups that will focus on the four key themes outlined by GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta at the organization’s Annual Meeting earlier this month.

Places of Impact: “This is about leveraging and investing in our assets—from maximizing the lakefront and creating a welcoming downtown—to growing the neighborhoods and ensuring we are equipped with amenities to support population growth.”

Talent that Fuels Growth: “The single biggest issue of concern for employers across the region is talent. Educational attainment, a focus on skills development, and improving the level of talent within the workplace are key areas of opportunity.”

Driving Connectivity: “While connectivity is critical, it is not without its challenges. We must understand the risks and make strategic, calculated decisions to continue our progress in areas such as air service, worker mobility, digital connectivity, and member connectivity.”

Environment to Support: Start, Stay, Scale Up: “Northeast Ohio must be a place that can support existing companies, attract new companies, and provide entrepreneurs with budding ideas a place where they can take risks and grow. The best way to attract new companies is to continue demonstrating the expansion culture of existing businesses.”

“This work must be supported by an integrated Public Policy Agenda,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, “along with an underlying commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of each initiative.

“It also must include a commitment to providing the very best support and resources for our member companies and organizations.”

The timeline calls for final recommendations to be presented at the Board’s third-quarter meeting in September, followed by final Board approval at the December meeting.