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CDA closes on financing for UH Rainbow Center in Midtown

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has closed on financing for the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children in Midtown.

CDA provided a $10 million federal and $2.5 million Ohio New Markets Tax Credit Allocation. Additional allocation was provided by Northeast Ohio Development Fund (NEODF) and PNC Bank who also served as the investor.

The newly constructed facility of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital will serve a federally designated medical/dental underserved area.

This approximately 40,000 square foot urban health center will house 46 exam rooms plus group care/community rooms and will co-locate social services. The center will be built where patients live, becoming a highly accessible medical home for the existing patient base for Rainbow and MacDonald.

Patient visits are projected to increase by five percent a year.

Federal priority issues include tax reform, funding for Great Lakes

Hear about some of the issues that are a high priority in Congress in this interview with Congressman Jim Renacci by Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of government advocacy.

Tax reform is key, and Ohio’s representatives are working to ensure that the final budget includes funding to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Click to watch.

The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community.

Could your summer internship program connect
to Cleveland students?

It’s well-established that internships and jobs for youth during the summer can have an immediate economic impact for a student on a tight budget and the experience can benefit both the intern and the employer for many years afterward.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s own annual Cleveland Internship Summit continues to highlight how many business professionals look back to summer internships and other structured experiential learning experiences as being extremely beneficial to their careers.

There is always a need for more of these impactful opportunities, particularly for students in more distressed Cleveland neighborhoods.

If you have an interest in learning more about how your summer internship program could potentially connect to these students this summer or in the future, please contact Shana Marbury at or 216.592.2249.

Help CMSD eighth-graders set goals for career success

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program—True2U—a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Neighborhood Leadership Institute—provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set goals for success.

Business professionals are invited to volunteer as True2U mentors for the program for the 2017-2018 school year. This career exploration and mentoring program focuses on raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school.

Mentors will be trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two or three mentors with small groups of students once a month, for the duration of the school year, and will be supported by a CMSD teacher once a month.

Click for more information about True2U.

For more information or to sign up to mentor, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

Schedule a complimentary energy assessment for your facilities

Achieving energy efficiency can be challenging.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE Energy Team has a solution to help your company improve the overall efficiency of your building and gain access to rebates.

The first step is a free comprehensive assessment—valued at $7,000—of how your facility uses power: gas, electric, or even steam.

An energy auditor will assess your building and provide opportunities and recommendations.

To learn more, please visit or email the Energy Team at

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

This month’s issue of the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter includes a story about the 10th anniversary of the Cleveland Plus regional marketing campaign.

The concept began when the Greater Cleveland Partnership gathered individuals representing the Convention and Visitors Bureau, College 360, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Team NEO, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and other organizations to form a regional marketing task force.

GCP Board member Frank Sullivan, president and CEO of RPM International Inc., served as chairman of the group.

It was the first regional marketing campaign that put Northeast Ohio’s regional assets—its businesses, tourism and people—together under a common brand.

Read more.

“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

Click to subscribe to "Pass the Plus and start sharing our region’s good news with your networks of colleagues, friends and family.

Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

"Cleveland Chain Reaction" neighborhood winner
to be announced April 21

The Cleveland Chain Reaction is a new initiative that follows in the footsteps of the CNBC/LeBron James “Cleveland Hustles,” a reality television series aired on CNBC in 2016.

While inspired by “Cleveland Hustles,” The Cleveland Chain Reaction is an independent and unrelated effort with some of the same Clevelanders involved to support the continued opportunity that “Cleveland Hustles” sparked.

It is being produced to create jobs, investment and prosperity in Cleveland’s neighborhoods while providing education and information for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to benefit our community.

These neighborhoods are in the running to receive five new businesses this year.
  • Slavic Village/Fleet Avenue
  • Collinwood/ East 185th
  • St. Clair/East 55th Superior
  • Clark and West 25th/ La Villa
The winning neighborhood will be announced live on “FOX 8 News in The Morning” on Friday, April 21.

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The ongoing impact of the “Rooney Rule”

It’s been widely acknowledged that “the most lasting contribution” by Dan Rooney, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team president who died last week, was the “Rooney Rule,” a policy implemented by the NFL to increase diversity in head coach and senior football operations positions. It was later expanded to require that at least one female candidate is interviewed for executive positions.

Last November, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, hosted a Senior Leadership Forum that featured Robert Gulliver, the National Football League’s chief human resources officer, who shared components of the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies.

The discussion noted that several notable businesses have implemented Rooney Rule-like policies in recent months, particularly in the tech industry (Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.). In addition, several Northeast Ohio companies and organizations have, or are considering, following suit.

Read more about the forum’s discussion.

Click here to view video highlights of the forum.

Above photo: GCP Board member and Commission Co-Chair Paul Clark, regional president, PNC Bank, Northern Ohio (left) and Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s chief human resources officer.