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GCP Comprehensive Tax Analysis Request for Information

GCP is currently exploring for qualified candidates to conduct a comprehensive tax analysis – a study to examine Cuyahoga County’s tax competitiveness and investments compared to similar markets in the Great Lakes region.  Feedback from our members will continue to be a key part of the process, as the GCP begins to prioritize the issues that require further expert research.

GCP is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to source the best candidate to execute a plan. The RFI process allows for the gathering of in-depth knowledge of suppliers’ abilities and strategies with respect to a tax analysis. We welcome candidates to accept our invitation for submissions by April 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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GCP Priorities Supported in FY 2018 Omnibus Bill

Congress recently passed the FY 2018 spending package that included support for many GCP federal policy issues, including:
• Continued funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million to support the five lake basin.
• $1.5 billion to support the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program that provides critical discretionary funding for road, transit and maritime projects – this is triple the amount of funding from the prior year. 
• More than $2.6 billion for the Capital Investment Grants program in addition to directed language for the Administration to continue the program as Congress intended. 

As a part of its leadership of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, GCP worked closely with chambers of commerce and congressional leaders across the Great Lakes region to ensure support for these priorities.  GCP appreciates our Senators and the members of the Northeast Ohio Congressional delegation for supporting these initiatives.  

GCP has supported past efforts with congressional leaders to ensure directed language to fund NASA Glenn Research Center’s work in solar electric propulsion was included in final omnibus legislation. While directed language was not included for FY 2018, GCP is encouraged by the strong focus on this work highlighted in the FY 2019 President’s budget and will work with the Ohio delegation to ensure that NASA Glenn is a priority throughout the budget process.

GCP supports NASA Federal Budget Priorities

GCP’s President & CEO, Joe Roman, recently sent a letter to the Ohio congressional delegation touting support for several initiatives that are important to the NASA Glenn Research Center. GCP serves as the lead advocate for this important federal asset in the region. NASA Glenn employs more than 3,100 civil service and contract employees and has an overall economic impact of more than $1.4 billion to the State of Ohio. The letter highlights key programs that GCP is seeking support for during the FY 2019 federal budget process, including the construction of a Aerospace Communications Facility at Glenn Research Center that will be the place for communications work across the agency and restoring funding for the regional economic development (RED) initiative that bolsters public-private partnership between NASA and industry.

You can read the full letter here.

GCP Wants Your Feedback on Trade Issues

International trade is identified in the GCP Public Policy Agenda as an emerging issue and is continually outlined by our members as a key concern for their business. The federal policy environment on trade is rapidly changing with recent negotiations underway to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement (including the threat and possibility of U.S. withdrawal) and actions on tariffs on steel and aluminum imported products as well as Chinese imports. GCP wants to better understand how these issues impact your business. Please complete the following survey. All responses will be kept confidential and only used in aggregate form.

The Ohio Department of Education Wants Your Feedback

The Ohio Department of Education is leading the development of a comprehensive set of Computer Science Standards for teachers of students in grades kindergarten through 12 (K-12). This is the result of recently passed legislation – HB 170 – that is now law. GCP actively supported HB 170 during the legislative process.

Representatives of Ohio’s technical industry/business community are considered to be major stakeholders in this effort and are strongly encouraged to provide their input. Interested parties can share their recommendations on the Computer Science Learning Standards Survey