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Business leaders, public officials discuss policy issues in D.C.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and public officials from all levels of government throughout Northeast Ohio descended on Washington, D.C. last week to discuss crucial federal public policy issues.

The Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference was presented by the GCP with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association.

The nonpartisan event connected hundreds of our region’s business leaders with members of Ohio’s congressional delegation and other key officials extending from California to Pennsylvania.

The program allowed for:
  • Unique conversations to take place, for example, on how local governments can leverage federal resources in their communities.

  • Keynote speeches from Facebook, SplashLink, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy in a hearing room in the U.S. Senate’s historic Dirksen Building.

  • An opportunity to go on an exclusive tour of The White House and to attend an interactive White House briefing that included presentations from The Office of Management & Budget and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President where workforce development challenges and tax reform were among the hot topics discussed.

  • The chance to visit Capitol Hill for a legislative forum and to network at a rooftop reception overlooking an unforgettable view of the U.S. Capitol.
The GCP extends a special thanks to Congresswoman Fudge, Congressman Joyce, Congressman Renacci, our partners, and all those who attended or contributed to making this year’s Empowering Local Leadership Conference a big success.

Above photo right: Speakers at the two-day event included Congressman Bill Shuster (PA-9) , chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.