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Great Lakes funding restored, advocacy continues

Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior (EPA and related agencies) marked up its FY2018 appropriations bill.

This proposal restored the $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that was originally eliminated in the President’s executive budget proposal. The subcommittee also included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged materials from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the State of Ohio.

Finally, the bill contains funding to maintain the Cleveland Harbor—a critical shipping channel in Cleveland for businesses around the world.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership thanks subcommittee members Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for their hard work on these initiatives.

“Protecting the quality of our Great Lakes, due to its social and economic benefit to our region, remains an important priority for the GCP,” said Joe Roman, the GCP’s president and CEO.

“We applaud our elected officials for their leadership on this issue and look forward to supporting their advocacy efforts for the Great Lakes throughout the appropriations process.”

Fighting for NASA Glenn

The bill that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is making its way through Congress.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Science, and Justice marked up its FY 2018 bill last week. The bill allocates $54 billion for NASA, which is nearly $5 billion more than what was in the President’s budget request.

If enacted, the budget would allocate funding for several programs that are important to NASA Glenn, including $660 million for aeronautics, an area where NASA Glenn is regarded as a leader among its peers.

Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur have been instrumental during the appropriations process to support NASA Glenn.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership would not be able to pursue effective strategies to boost the economic impact of NASA Glenn on our region without the leadership of the Ohio delegation,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“We continue to be grateful for their support and advocacy.”

Above photo:
A 100-pound liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine fires up after NASA Glenn’s Altitude Combustion Stand (ACS) was reactivated recently. (Image from the NASA Glenn website.)

Cleveland City Council introduces petition transparency proposal

Sometimes well-intended ballot issue proposals and campaigns can severely limit the way businesses can strengthen and grow. The Greater Cleveland Partnership membership has expressed concerns over parts of the process in place for petitioners to place an issue on the local ballot.

To help provide more transparency on Cleveland ballot issues that are brought forward, City Council introduced a proposal last week that would make it mandatory for circulators of petitions to file an itemized statement that provides more information about that petition's circulation experience.

The Cleveland legislation largely mirrors current Ohio Revised Code, which says information should be provided that includes the time spent and salaries earned while circulating or soliciting signatures to petitions.

The overall statement is to be open to public inspection for one year.

“GCP believes the signature collection process to put an issue on the ballot requires examination to avoid the potential for costly changes to municipal ordinance or charter,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“This legislation is a step in the right direction; it provides the public more information and context that voters can ultimately use to evaluate the merits of any given issue and better understand who is behind it.”

The realization of this issue was particularly evident last year when petition efforts (with out-of-state origins) attempted to impose a part-time workers’ mandate and a Cleveland-only minimum wage on our city.

Those specific issues would have placed Cleveland at a disadvantage, hindered job creation, and the overall momentum the city is now experiencing.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

Keep up with the good news from around the Cleveland Plus region, which you can find in the “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter.

This month’s stories include a look Northeast Ohio’s food and beverage manufacturing industry, which continues to be a driving force in the region’s economy.

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“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.

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

Amplify your ambition at JumpStart’s “Startup Scaleup”

Whether you’re looking to launch your first venture or grow an established company, JumpStart’s “Startup Scapeup” event on Tuesday, August 15 has something for you.

Register now for a full day of learning, networking and storytelling in the Gordon Square Arts District—for only $20!

Here are a few of this year’s agenda highlights:

The Art of the Exit: Featuring Former Yelp CFO Rob Krolik: Whether there’s an IPO or an acquisition in your company’s future, get an insiders perspective on getting to the exit from the CFO who helped take Yelp public in 2012.

The New Benefits Package: Cortney Marchetti, former HR leader at Lyft and Shutterfly teams up with BoxCast founder Gordon Daily to explore how businesses are attracting top talent with a combination of traditional benefits and brand-new perks.

Startup Stories: Life After Exit: Explorys co-founder Steve McHale–whose company was acquired by IBM—joins Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor Alex Bard—who has sold companies to Salesforce and AOL—to discuss what happens after the entrepreneurial dream comes true.

Silicon Valley Money, Midwest Zip Code: John Locke from Silicon Valley VC firm Accel joins two Ohio startups—Root and Everything But The House—to discuss how companies are attracting coastal capital without giving up their Midwest addresses.

With your registration, you’ll receive two $5 snack tickets and one $10 lunch ticket for use at participating restaurants.

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JumpStart is part of the regional economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

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 youth 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.

Two learning opportunities for business owners

How to make the most of N.E. Ohio’s media production industry

When "The Fate of the Furious" roared into town, it engaged 200 Ohio businesses during production on its way to making over $1 billion worldwide. 

That's just what one movie can do.

All current and aspiring media production industry vendors in Northeast Ohio are invited to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s (GCFC) “Film-Friendly Vendor Workshop” on Thursday, July 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Auditorium, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street.

Start with networking over coffee and bagels followed by a presentation that covers what you need to know about working with film and other media, an update on Ohio's Motion Picture Tax Incentive, and the benefits of a GCFC Vendor Membership.

Registration is $100 and includes a one-year GCFC membership. Benefits include pre-sale opportunities to GCFC events and two tickets to one Community Screening (advanced screenings courtesy of GCFC partners Allied Integrated Marketing and The Owens Group), as well as recognition as a GCFC Vendor Member.

For more information, contact Laura Stringer at

Tri-C hosts session on its procurement, RFP, bidding process

A special presentation on the Cuyahoga Community College's Master Plan for College-wide Improvements will be held Wednesday, July 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center, 2500 East 22nd Street.

Contractors, suppliers and vendors from Small Business Enterprises (SBE) Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE) Female Business Enterprises (FBE) LGBTQ Enterprises and others are invited to attend.

The session will be led by Cindy Leitson, the college’s vice president of capital, construction and facilities. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and become familiar with the college’s procurement, RFP, and bidding process.

Please RSVP by July 19 to Magda Gomez, Tri-C’s director of diversity and inclusion, at or 216.987.0204.