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GCP releases new Public Policy Agenda; outlines government advocacy focus for next two years

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) today released its new Public Policy Agenda that outlines areas where it will focus its attention on current and developing issues at the local, state and federal levels during the next two years.

The GCP drafts a new Public Policy Agenda at the beginning of each new congressional and state General Assembly cycle. The 43-page document – which has been months in the making – details a diverse list of objectives and areas of focus that all share the common goal of growing Greater Cleveland’s economy.

“The Public Policy Agenda highlights the goals and objectives our members deem to be most vital to pursue during the next two years,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “This is a carefully drafted document that had the benefit of an extraordinary amount of input from many very bright people who want to see Cleveland continue to move forward.”

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the public sector to maintain an environment and policies that foster growth and enhance the business climate in the region,” he added.

The GCP – one of the largest chambers of commerce in the nation – represents more than 14,000 businesses. The GCP invests considerable effort into forging constructive relationships with the public sector that result in job-creating collaborations with the private sector.

The new Public Policy Agenda outlines a basic GCP belief that more than half of all job growth comes from business expansion and retention.

“Clearly, attracting new businesses to the region is of critical importance, and at the same time the GCP will focus upon existing, well-established Greater Cleveland companies with strong growth trajectories while providing support for the small, quickly growing companies of tomorrow,” said Tom Zenty, CEO of University Hospitals who chairs the GCP’s Government Affairs Council. “We will also continue our focus on the importance of developing a highly educated, innovative and diverse workforce to meet our current and future needs.”

Areas of specific focus include:
  • JobsOhio and Third Frontier – These economic development programs have helped to spur job retention and growth in Northeast Ohio. The continued involvement of these programs and other incentives that provide access to capital for Greater Cleveland are crucial.

  • NASA Glenn – The GCP has been a leading advocate for the preservation and expansion of the Glenn Research Center, which has produced invaluable, national scientific advancement. NASA Glenn employs about 3,000 people.

  • RNC 2016 – The GCP played a pivotal role in landing the 2016 Republican National Convention and will continue to work hard to help ensure that Cleveland realizes maximum benefits from this significant event.

  • Health Care – A huge and growing economic engine for Cleveland, the GCP will continue to advocate for health care related issues such as maintaining expanded Medicaid coverage in Ohio.

  • Education, Workforce and Immigration Reform – If Greater Cleveland is going to continue to move forward, we need an educated workforce. The GCP has helped lead the successful and historic reform of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. We will continue to work for quality education for our young people. The GCP also supports immigration reform including legal entry for a broad range of workers.
There are many more important elements of the Public Policy Agenda, including Diversity and Inclusion, State Tax Reform, Business Costs and Competitiveness Issues, protection of Lake Erie and much, much more.

We invite you to read this significant and thoughtful document that touches upon so many areas of strength and challenge that the GCP will concentrate upon as it continues to strive to build and grow Greater Cleveland’s economy.

The Public Policy Agenda can be viewed here.

About the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. www.gcpartnership.com. Twitter: @GCPartnership; @GCPAdvocacy