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GCP releases new Public Policy Agenda

Highlights key legislative priorities for Northeast Ohio
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Cleveland— Today the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) released its 2017-18 Public Policy Agenda. The document reflects the top legislative priorities for the organization over the next two years.

The development of this agenda follows the GCP and Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) restructuring, announced in early 2016. This was a strategic effort by both organizations to create greater efficiencies and align priorities, making the new organization one of the strongest and largest in the country representing the needs of small, mid-market and large businesses.

The new Public Policy Agenda reflects the collective issue priorities of the more than 8,000 diverse companies and organizations in the GCP’s membership.

“With a mission to mobilize private sector leadership to improve the economic vitality of the region, GCP’s Public Policy Agenda highlights core priorities that will continue to strengthen Northeast Ohio as a leader in job creation and economic growth,” says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

The 2017-18 Public Policy Agenda maintains a focus on issues that have been a hallmark of the GCP’s work, including The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools and protecting key federal and civic assets—NASA Glenn Research Center and the lakefront, in particular—that add to the economic strength and vibrancy of Northeast Ohio.

This agenda will also evolve in 2017 as GCP leaders complete a new strategic plan to guide the future direction of the organization. The new strategy will help to further define the GCP’s role in areas like workforce and public transportation while addressing emerging policy issues such as cyber security, immigration reform, and international trade.

Other priorities in the 2017-18 Public Policy Agenda include:
  • Competitive tax policy that will allow the region to invest in what is most important to Northeast Ohio’s growth.
  • Navigating a changing federal and state landscape that will have an impact on major health care policy—such as the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion—that businesses and the region’s health care industry rely on.
  • Strengthening key economic development tools—such as federal and state New Market Tax Credits and the federal EB-5 program—that advance transformational physical development in the City of Cleveland.
  • Core business issues such as energy policy, human resources and labor, and federal and state rules and regulations that impact business costs.
“GCP is a well-recognized advocate for the business community on core economic development and civic priorities in our city and region,” says Deborah Read, firm-wide managing partner at Thompson Hine LLP who also is the new chair of the GCP Government Affairs Council.

“This agenda represents a tremendous opportunity to engage with our elected leaders on important issues that have a significant impact on our community’s revitalization.”

The full Public Policy Agenda is available on the GCP’s website.


About the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan chambers of commerce, 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.