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Plugging in: Business community input needed to address workforce challenges

In a 2016 poll of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors, approximately two-thirds of the respondents identified recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce as a top business challenge for their companies.

With the GCP ramping up its talent and workforce development efforts, there are currently several opportunities for GCP members to get involved in a variety of programs and initiatives.

Learn more about how you and/or others in your company or organization can plug in to provide business community input. Read more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s conversation with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks about provisions in Governor Kasich’s proposed budget, including tax reform, and why the Greater Cleveland business community has an even stronger interest in what could happen with tax reform at the federal level.

There’s also positive news about job creation and business development from some of Northeast Ohio’s major employers.

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Addressing the challenges of recruitment and talent development

Workforce continues to be an area of challenge for Northeast Ohio employers.

Businesses are seeking skilled workers who are reliable, have on-the-job experience and are committed to growing with the company. At the same time, college students in the region are learning that in today’s competitive market, real-world work experience is crucial to landing a job and advancing their careers.

The second annual Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) last week at the Embassy Suites in Independence, helped further the conversation around these workforce challenges and provided best practices in recruitment and talent development. Read more.

GCP instrumental in significant business expansion project

The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Business Development team and Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, were instrumental in helping to marshal a financial package to support Charter Steel’s $150 million investment to build a new Special Bar Quality (SBQ) bar mill adjacent to its existing coil mill and steel-making operations in Cuyahoga Heights.

In addition, CDA has reserved (pending final underwriting and board approval) $10 million of its current award of New Markets Tax Credit Allocation for this significant business expansion project. Read more.

Online Diversity Assessment now available online

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has collected data and reported on the status of diversity and inclusion in Northeast Ohio for 16 years using the Employers Survey on Diversity, now known as the Diversity & Inclusion Organization Assessment.

The results of the D&I Organization Assessment function as a barometer of inclusion in our region and provide employers with a tool and benchmarks for examining their own diversity and inclusion efforts.

The new Assessment was rolled out last week to organizations that have participated in the past. It is also available to all GCP members as a benefit of membership. Learn more.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman provides updates on several topics related to GCP priorities.

They include the new state budget and the GCP’s work to gain support to continue the region’s positive economic momentum; how the addition of more nonstop routes at Hopkins International Airport is a response to the strong market demand in our city; and the importance of protecting key assets such as NASA Glenn and our Great Lakes. Click to listen.

Introducing a new benefit for GCP members

For the past 16 years, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has collected data and reported the status of diversity and inclusion efforts in Northeast Ohio.

Starting in 2017, the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™ is undergoing significant changes that include a new name: the Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment.

In addition, all GCP member companies and organizations are invited to participate. Learn more.

Looking ahead to build on positive momentum

As we welcome in the new year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership will continue to focus on continuing the positive momentum that has been building for many years and resulted in several memorable accomplishments in 2016. (See our 2016 year-end issue of Every Monday for details.)

Through the first half of 2017, we will launch a strategic planning process to identify where we should focus on percolating issues. We’ll also continue to drive the business community’s involvement in several of our current priority areas. Read more.

A lasting tribute to Voinovich’s vision, leadership


By Joe Roman
GCP President and CEO


The opening of the new eastbound Innerbelt bridge last year completed a half-billion-dollar investment in Cleveland—one that offers a towering testament to a unique leader, a city’s future and the ability of government to work effectively for the public.     

Together with its corresponding westbound twin, the two George V. Voinovich bridges spanning the Cuyahoga River downtown will each carry five lanes of traffic, bringing with them significant transportation efficiencies and other substantial economic benefits for Greater Cleveland.   

The spans are a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life toward moving Cleveland forward. Read more in our blog.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich westbound Innerbelt Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers.