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The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s advocacy efforts are driven by our mission of mobilizing private sector leadership, expertise, and resources from businesses of all sizes to create attractive economic conditions that create jobs, grow investment, and improve the prosperity of our region.
Our public policy priorities are driven by you, and we work to provide a unified voice for the Northeast Ohio business community to our elected officials and regulators on key issues that are critical for business growth.
In 2016, we enjoyed some significant victories for the business community locally and throughout Ohio.
The opening of the new eastbound Innerbelt bridge 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.
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.
On November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that was set to go into effect December 1. It would have doubled the current threshold under which employees must be paid overtime.
This means the implementation deadline will not be enforced and employers do not need to comply by December 1.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), and more than 20 chambers of commerce statewide, continue to strongly advocate for passing a comprehensive unemployment compensation reform package before lawmakers adjourn in December that would allow the unemployment fund to achieve long-term solvency.
Several years ago, the nation’s unemployment rate was on the rise and the unemployment fund was ill-prepared to cover the costs. Ohio paid the price, and the burden was placed squarely on Ohio employers who were forced to pay a loan off from the federal government (resulting in annual increases in costs for employers) to continue paying jobless benefits.
Under recently passed legislation that the GCP supported and helped secure, the state paid off the federal debt a year ahead of schedule, saving Ohio job creators millions of dollars in 2017.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central program is collaborating with Cuyahoga Community College offer GCP members the opportunity to participate as an internship host employer for Tri-C’s Summer Internship Program.
Fifty internships are available, and employers can host more than one intern. The program is five to 10 weeks (maximum of 100 hours to be worked) from May 30, to August 11, 2017.
The decisions that government officials make impact all aspects of our lives, including your ability to successfully conduct business.
Participation in the process is not required, but it is crucial that business leaders and their elected representatives take action together to support the kind of environment in which you and your company can thrive.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) is a nonpartisan, unified voice for businesses of all sizes and industries in our region and aids them in educating key decision makers on issues that are important to you.
In addition to voting in this General Election, you can ensure that your individual voice and the voice of the business community is heard throughout the political process. But no tool may be more useful than the ability to collectively pool our resources to provide our members with the means for concerted political action.
Since 2010, more than $24 billion in economic development has taken place in Cleveland and the surrounding region. What’s the best way to keep all that positive momentum going?
That was the question posed to the panelists (photo: left to right) Vickie Eaton Johnson of the Cleveland Clinic, Ann Zoller of LAND Studio and Chris Ronayne of University Circle, Inc., who took part in the “Region on the Rise” plenary session during the recent BizConCLE convention. The panel was moderated by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Deb Janik (far right).
During this election season, Clevelanders understand just how crucial the passage of Issue 32 is to the future of our region.
If Issue 32 does not win approval from the voters, the Cleveland Police Department, for example, recently cited that it will not be able to hire officers the City needs. Cleveland is faced with a budget deficit going into 2017 and if the gap is not filled, Clevelanders will be forced to suffer through the consequences.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors became convinced of the importance of Issue 32 and formally supported the proposal because it would give our City the ability to enhance services, grow and develop our neighborhoods, and it will lessen the impact of other revenue cuts recently imposed on Cleveland.
We are about a month away from Election Day, and early voting in Ohio begins on Wednesday, October 12.
In addition to voting, there are several ways you can ensure your individual voice and the voice of the business community are heard throughout the political process. But no tool may be more useful than having the ability to collectively pool our resources to provide our members with the means for concerted political action.
The dollars contributed through the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee are specifically used to provide support for state and local governmental leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.
A national organization—interested in advancing its agenda, regardless of the cost that the City of Cleveland and Cleveland residents would incur—announced that it has finalized language for a Cleveland-only minimum wage ballot measure.
As the public learns more about the Service Employees International Union’s misguided approach and why its minimum wage proposal is a bad deal for Clevelanders, the union amended its original proposal that was sent to Cleveland City Council and rejected by an overwhelming vote.