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Greater Cleveland Partnership purchases its building

CLEVELAND—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is putting down solid roots in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district by exercising a purchase option on its 1240 Huron Road East building.

The GCP moved to the 72,000-square-foot building in 2011 following a three-year stint in the Higbee Building, which is now occupied by JACK Cleveland Casino.

Over the years, the Playhouse Square neighborhood has become a major hub for non-profit organizations and businesses alike making it an ideal central location in downtown Cleveland for the 8,500-member business organization. Read more.

Taking action to accelerate Cleveland’s economic momentum

GCP Annual Meeting previews three-year strategic plan

Cleveland, Ohio—It’s widely agreed that Cleveland has positively redefined its narrative and is viewed as a city on the move.

Now it’s time to accelerate that momentum and ensure that the city and Northeast Ohio are places where people and businesses want to be.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)—one of the largest metro chambers of commerce in the nation—is looking at what comes next.

The more than 1000 business, civic and nonprofit leaders at the GCP 2017 Annual Meeting, held today at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, heard a preview of the organization’s new three-year strategic plan that outlines the business community’s role in sustaining and enhancing the city’s economic progress.

In his remarks, Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual (above photo), discussed the four areas of focus in the GCP's new three-year strategic plan. He said they “best represent the most immediate needs of the business community and are also ones we can influence.” Read more.

Ohio chambers’ government-efficiency recommendations recognized for excellence

“Redesigning Ohio” to be featured on Harvard Kennedy School website

Cleveland—A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs. 

“Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website. 

The participating chambers—known as the Metro Chambers Coalition—include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of CommerceCincinnati USA Regional ChamberColumbus ChamberDayton Area Chamber of CommerceGreater Akron ChamberOhio Chamber of CommerceToledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

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Full federal funding urged for Great Lakes


Cleveland—The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland Water Alliance today issued a joint statement in response to the federal budget proposal released last week:

“We stand in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“The federal government must continue fully funding GLRI to preserve, protect and enhance the Great Lakes. We will work closely with our partners across the region and with our members of Congress to ensure this funding is restored.” Click to read the full statement.

Great Lakes chambers deliver infrastructure projects list to Congress

Cleveland—Twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) attended the organization’s annual Fly-In and lobby days in Washington, D.C. last week to express their support for infrastructure legislation and present the list of priority Great Lakes infrastructure projects compiled by the coalition.

The group, which included representatives from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff, making the case for the coalition’s highest legislative priorities. View the full list of GLMCC infrastructure priorities here.

“Business groups across the Great Lakes region are speaking with one voice in Washington to tell Congress what issues are most important to the economic vitality of our region, said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Passing a large-scale infrastructure bill and fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are top priorities.” Read more.

GCP releases new Public Policy Agenda

Highlights key legislative priorities for Northeast Ohio business community

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. Read more.