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Destination Iceland: Two airlines announce new service
from CLE offering connections to Europe

Cleveland is continuing to demonstrate that it is a strong, viable air service market with last week’s announcement by two airlines that they will begin service from Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to Iceland with direct connections to many European destinations.

IcelandAir announced that it will launch four times weekly service from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, starting in May 2018.

In addition, WOW air announced that it will launch four times a week service to Reykjavik that same month.

“A combination of low-cost and more traditional carriers, WOW Air and Iceland Air will give tourists and business travelers attractive, effective, and less expensive routes to all of the European continent,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman.

He noted that “over 25 GCP businesses and the GCP Air Service Demand Task Force were instrumental in these efforts."

Members of the task force and staff visited with airline executives in late July to further these negotiations, which led to both announcements occurring within 24 hours of one another.

IcelandAir offers connections to more than 25 destinations in Europe, which will be available through the airlines’ Reykjavik hub. It uses the country's geographical location midway between America and Europe, as an opportunity to build an ever-growing network of international routes with Iceland as a hub.

As of spring 2017, WOW air services 32 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Media coverage

Learn more about the GCP’s involvement with, and reaction to, the CLE announcements from the media coverage:

Amazon job fulfillment center to be built in North Randall

After more than six months of collaboration, Amazon recently announced its commitment to the development of a new 2,000 job fulfillment center to be located at the former Randall Park Mall site in the Village of North Randall.

“This is absolutely fantastic news,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. ‘It’s indicative of our region becoming more and more attractive to investors and leading corporations.

“Beyond the immediate investment in North Randall, additional economic impacts will resonate in the east side communities and neighborhoods surrounding the site.”

The GCP Business Development Team provided direct support to the mammoth business attraction project working closely with tremendous staff leadership from JobsOhio and Team NEO and Mayor David Smith of the Village of North Randall.

In addition, the GCP engaged with its long time partners at the Port of Cleveland, State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County, who will also provide key critical financing to the project.

“Amazon’s commitment to North Randall is a game changer for the Village and the region,” added Roman. “But we know the work is just beginning, and the GCP looks forward to building a strong and sustainable partnership with the company.”

The project has gained national attention as well with coverage from the New York Times and CNN.

Click the links below for more details regarding this transformational project.

Commission conference continues the conversation
on implicit bias

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference, held August 24 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, built from last year’s conference topic of implicit bias.

About 225 representatives of Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies heard five speakers continue the conversation on bias and how it effects business outcomes.
  • Celeste Chatman, M.A. CDR, director, talent acquisition and planning at The Urban Institute University, discussed how we take mental shortcuts to quickly process information.

  • Dia Harris, university relations and recruiting manager at Northrop Grumman, gave a very personal talk about his experiences and how appearances are not always what they seem.

  • Tonie Snell, CMS, CDR, DMC, Founder & CEO, 360HR - Diversity Forward™ Talent Solutions Firm, described diversity as being invited to the party while inclusion is being asked to dance.

  • Petar Vujosevic, chief operating officer and co-founder, GapJumpers, told the audience that, while inclusive recruiting seems like a complex problem, many of the solutions are quite simple.

  • Lauren Rivera, associate professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, discussed cultural fit and how heavy a role it should play in hiring decisions.
In the afternoon, attendees participated two of three breakout sessions for deeper discussions with the presenters.

Above photo: Conference speakers included (photo left) Tonie Snell, founder & CEO, 360HR - Diversity Forward™ Talent Solutions Firm and (photo right) Celeste Chatman, director, talent acquisition & planning, The Urban Institute.

The Commission would like to thank the conference sponsors, again, for their support:

Commission releases its 2016-17Annual Report

Read about the work of the past year by the Commission on Economic Inclusion to advance diversity and inclusion in the Northeast Ohio business community in its 2016-2017 Annual Report.

The report includes highlights in three areas of focus:
  • Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
  • Growing Minority-Owned Businesses
  • Construction Diversity and Inclusion
You can also read an overview of the results of the annual Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment. Ninety-two employers from the region participated.

The Assessment lets organizations confidentially benchmark themselves, while providing the Commission with important data on the D&I progress of our region.

Click to read or download.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Get involved and help build Cleveland’s talent pipeline

From talking and listening to our members of all sizes from all across the region, we know that their single biggest issue of concern is talent. 

Educational attainment, a focus on skills development, and improving the level of talent within the workplace are key areas of opportunity for business community involvement.

One way for direct involvement—right now—is for our member companies to offer True2U—a career awareness and mentoring program for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders—as an opportunity for your employees to volunteer as mentors for the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting in October, they will work with eighth-grade students to create career awareness and goals for success on a monthly basis. The program uses a unique advisory model in which small groups of students are led by a team of two to three mentors and supported by a CMSD teacher. 

Why participate?

As you know, the business community is an essential component in efforts to prepare our youth to be successful as adults in tomorrow’s workplace.

One part of the solution to the challenge of attracting and retaining talent lies in early exposure to career pathways and helping students make decisions that best position them for lifetime success.

Our goal: To connect with all CMSD eighth-graders

More than 150 business volunteers recruited by the GCP joined mentors from the wider community in serving approximately 1,700 youths in 44 Cleveland schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

During the 2017-18 school year, True2U’s goal is to serve approximately 2,500 students in 68 schools—every enrolled CMSD eighth-grader—to help prepare them for the transition from middle school to high school.

Three hundred business volunteer mentors are needed.

Getting started with True2U

True2U is the shared vision of community leaders from the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, the CMSD, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Greater Cleveland Faith-Based Collaborative, Inc., and the GCP, the lead business partner.

Share your industry expertise with CMSD high school students

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) focus on college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies. 

Each school concentrates on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. 

We are inviting Greater Cleveland Partnership members to provide industry expertise and interactive, career-exposure experiences for Academies of Cleveland students at Ninth Grade Career Experience Fairs, on Thursday, September 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Each school will have its own fair. Exhibitors will be matched with the high school that fits their industry. 

The Ninth Grade Career Experience Fairs will provide an avenue for all Academies of Cleveland high school freshmen to explore a breadth of career areas in order to better make informed decisions about their future career path. 

We are inviting local companies, businesses intermediaries and industry associations to participate in the fairs by setting up creative, unique and interactive exhibits representing their industry. We are recruiting representatives from the following industries to exhibit at these high schools:

Garrett Morgan

  • Biomedical Science
  • Engineering

Jane Addams

  • Culinary Arts
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing

Martin Luther King Jr.

(Fair to be held Wednesday, September 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.)

  • Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Law and Public Safety

Washington Park

  • Animal Science and Management
  • Horticulture & Landscape Design
  • Industrial Power Technology

Max S. Hayes

  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Manufacturing
If you are interested in participating in the Career Experience Fairs please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385 to sign up or receive further information.

The business community is an essential component to ensuring we are preparing our youth for career opportunities in in-demand industries experiencing a shortage of talent. 

Your participation in the Career Experience Fairs and other Academies of Cleveland business engagement opportunities also ensures that young people are prepared to learn for a lifetime, thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic workplaces, and contribute to Cleveland’s economic and civic prosperity.