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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.

Joe Roman on WTAM

In this month’s interview with “Wills and Snyder” co-host Bill Wills, Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman discusses the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition’s recent presentation of its priorities in Washington, D.C.

The conversation also included why it’s important to invest in improvements to Quicken Loans Arena, and more. 

Click to listen.

Don’t dim a good source of our city’s economic power


In a guest column in this week’s Crain’s Cleveland Business, Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman talks about why investing in The Q is also an investment in our community’s neighborhoods.

He notes that “...The Q is an economic powerhouse that benefits everybody in Cuyahoga County, including those who never attended any of the more than 200 annual events held at the facility.

“The venue creates a wide array of positive economic conditions. Last year alone, The Q was responsible for producing $44 million in taxes. And, since it opened in 1994, it has generated a total of $500 million in taxes.

“Much of those revenues go directly to Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland to provide public services for all of us who live, work and play in Greater Cleveland.”

Click to read the article.

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.

Nominate your emerging leaders for GCP LEAD

We are currently accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2017 GCP LEAD Cohort 2. You may nominate one or two individuals.

GCP LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) was created because the GCP recognizes the importance of cultivating our region’s future business and community leaders through the work of the GCP.

The GCP LEAD group will be an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from member companies with at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the areas of economic development, education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and business and physical development. Learn more.

Tax reform and the Northeast Ohio business community

On Friday, February 24, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) hosted a forum with Senator Rob Portman and GCP members regarding the direct impact our nation’s tax code has on job creators and the business community as whole.

The constructive discussion provided business leaders from across the region the opportunity to address critical tax issues and specific tax priorities that directly impact our region.

Click to watch a portion of the Senator’s remarks after the meeting.

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.

Events

Morning Conversation: Congressman Jim Renacci

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Congressman Jim Renacci, who represents the 16th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

First elected in November 2010, he is currently serving his fourth term in Congress where he is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. Click for details.

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Linking IT Talent to Opportunity

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team, in collaboration with OHTec and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), will host "Linking IT Talent to Opportunity" on Wednesday April 26, 2017 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Brecksville Community Center.

This career and professional development event allows leading Northeast Ohio companies to connect with current IT students, recent IT graduates and IT professionals to discuss career paths, internships, and job opportunities. Learn more.

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Morning Conversation: State Senator Joe Schiavoni

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni, who represents the 33rd District that includes the eastern part of Northeast Ohio.

In 2013, he was elected as minority leader in the Senate. Recently, he announced his candidacy for Ohio governor.

Senator Schiavoni has championed public policy that supports improved water infrastructure, high-quality public education and worker rights. Read more.

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REGISTER NOW for the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum!


Online registration is now open 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.

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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Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference to be held May 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

The event is presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests (photo left to right) Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). Learn more.

Lock in premium seating 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.

We're pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners, and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.

From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer. She also served as executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. from 2010 to 2014.

To ensure premium seating for your company, click to purchase a table of 10.

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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


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

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