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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.

Governor proposes biennum budget

The state budget process begins every two years with a spending proposal from the Governor of Ohio. Governor Kasich unveiled his proposal earlier today in Columbus.

The Ohio House Finance Committee is scheduled to begin hearings on the two-year plan on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate will spend the next several months listening to testimony and amending the plan proposed by the Governor.

A final budget is expected to be approved by the legislature and sent back to the Governor’s desk for enactment before the start of the new state fiscal year on July 1.

Click for details of the Governor’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership will engage members in discussions on this proposal in the coming weeks.

GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report released

As a region, we have recently enjoyed many gratifying success stories.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is more energized than ever to support your priorities through government advocacy. Critical tools at our disposal, like the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee (GCP PAC)—help ensure the collective voice of all our members is heard in state and local government.

The GCP recently unveiled the GCP PAC 2016 Annual Report, a document that summarizes the progress we’ve made to further strengthen the GCP PAC and the impact we can have going forward by collectively pooling our resources for the betterment of our business environment.  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.

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.

Events

A GCP Accelerating Middle-Market Progress Forum: "Innovation and Competitive Intelligence"

Today’s business leaders push the status quo by reevaluating their business model—even a successful one—by continuously striving to challenge internal assumptions and cognitive biases.

They strive to encourage a culture of innovation that prevents stagnation and increases adaptability to market disruptions.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Investors are invited to hear thought leaders (photo left to right): Peter Grimm and Beau Oliver of Cipher Systems discuss how companies and organizations can incorporate out-of-the-box thinking to better understand their markets, identify opportunities, and drive innovation. Learn more.

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SAVE THE DATE! Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum


Please mark your calendar for the 2017 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 11 at Corporate College East. Our program will offer insightful, dynamic and informative presentations on hot topics that are impacting middle-market companies like yours.

We're pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed, an e-commerce business that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door.

Founded in 2013, Boxed is a middle-market company on a significant growth trajectory. It was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the next “billion-dollar startups.” Learn more.

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Mark your calendar for the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendar and plan to join more than 1,100 business and community leaders at the Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The program will feature an update on our priorities, a preview of the projects and initiatives that we will embark upon as a part of our new strategic plan, and more.

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Save the Date! GCP Member Golf Outing

Get ready to think green!

Mark your calendar and save the date for the Greater Cleveland Partnership Member Golf Outing on Monday, July 24.

We’re planning a full day from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. that will include lunch, lots of golf and dinner at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby.

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3Q Middle-Market Forum


Save the Date!

Please mark your calendar for our third-quarter Middle-Market Forum. Topics and speakers TBA.

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