Dec 12

Two GCP priorities sent to Governor for signature; work remains

In the waning days and hours of a “lame duck” session, many new initiatives bubbled up that would impact the business community. The Ohio General Assembly took action on two crucial Greater Cleveland Partnership priority issues, but work remains.

Legislation passed that includes provisions aimed at prohibiting Cleveland and other political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates that are different from the rate required by state law.

A related amendment also was included to grant a private employer the exclusive authority to govern matters concerning work hours, location of work, scheduling, and fringe benefits. The legislation, Senate Bill 331, was approved by the legislature and is awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature. The GCP supported these proposals since they could better help ensure that Cleveland is not placed at a significant disadvantage.

Separately, it is clear that Ohio’s current unemployment system must be re-structured for it to be viable in future generations. Earlier this year, the GCP supported and helped secure legislation that allowed the state to pay federal debt a year ahead of schedule, saving Ohio job creators millions of dollars in 2017.

However, reforms still need to be implemented that allow the unemployment fund to achieve a path toward solvency. While the legislature ended its session without fixing the state's unemployment compensation system as planned, some progress could have been made to that end.

The plan, which the legislature approved late last week via Senate Bill 235, calls for an actuary be hired to analyze various long-term solvency proposals going forward. The legislation—now headed to the Governor for possible approval—also would direct lawmakers, labor leaders, and business officials to negotiate a permanent agreement by April 1, 2017.

GCP members are among Weatherhead 100 honorees

Congratulations to these Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor members who were honored by the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management as part of the 2016 Weatherhead 100 awards recognition.


Fast-growing companies with at least $100M in net sales over the past year.

Weatherhead 100

Big growth in net sales over the past five years from at least $100K to $100M.

Weatherhead 100 Upstarts

Companies whose percentage of sales growth qualifies for the Weatherhead 100 and who employed 15 or fewer employees, and/or had less than $5 million in net sales in the last year.

Established in 1988, The Weatherhead 100 awards celebrate Northeast Ohio’s spirit of entrepreneurship and the companies leading the way in the region. Each year, companies are recognized as examples of leadership, growth and success.

GCP members honored for a century—and more—of operations

Kudos to Greater Cleveland Partnership Investor members BakerHostetler and Oatey Company, who were honored earlier this month at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s (WRHS) 100-Year Club annual dinner.

The event recognizes the longevity and success of existing members and inducts new members who have reached the 100-year milestone.

The dinner also honored The Sherwin-Williams Company and University Hospitals, GCP members with 150 years of continuous existence.

The WHRS will soon share that honor, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017.

The 100-Year Club of the Western Reserve was created in 1953 to honor an elite group of Northeast Ohio corporations and institutions that have been in continuous existence for at least 100 years. Click to see the full roster.

Trends and takeaways from our 4Q Middle-Market Forum

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Fourth-Quarter Middle-Market Forum held Tuesday, December 6 at the GCP offices, provided insights into three topics that impact the growth and competitiveness of middle-market companies.

The more than 75 attendees heard presentations that addressed these questions and more:

  • What are three imperatives that middle-market manufacturers should embrace to remain competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace?
  • What are three key shifts (NOTE: The presentation includes eight) in the workplace as millennials replace Baby Boomers as the workforce majority?
  • What are three guidelines middle-market executives can follow to keep a balanced focus on running their companies and enjoying a personal life?

Below are key points from each presentation. You also can click to view or download slides from the forum.

Manufacturing Trends: Ethan Karp, CEO, MAGNET

Karp’s presentation included background on the strength of manufacturing in Ohio:

  • 45 percent of Ohio’s economy is driven by manufacturing
  • Ohio’s manufacturing accounts for $98.7 billion in GDP, ranking fourth in the nation;
  • Ohio manufacturing also provides a total annual payroll of $39 billion for its workers.

He said that the future of manufacturing will require:

  • Application and adoption of new productivity improving technologies.
  • Ability to attract, retain and develop new people.
  • Continued focus on innovative products.

New technology such as 3D printing and advances in robotics are changing the world of manufacturing.

The Changing Work Environment: David Haskin, National Leader, Advance Workplace Solutions Team, Steelcase

Today, 50 percent of the white collar workforce are Baby Boomers, born between 1945 and 1965. In three years, 50 percent of the white-collar workforce will be from Gen Y, born between 1980 and 2000.

How will this shift impact workplace culture and expectations? Here are three of the eight shifts from Haskin’s presentation:

From: “The office is my primary workplace” with work being synonymous with place.
To: “The workplace is where I am” and how we work and what we accomplish is more significant than where we do it.

From: “Technology is a tool” and a means to an end.
To: “Technology is an extension of myself” and is the undercurrent of everyday life.

From: “Work came before life” with a struggle to fit “real” life into work life.
To: “Life and work are one” with a blending of work and life.

Don’t Lose the ‘You’ in Your Leadership Dynamic: Ralph Dise, president, Dise and Company

Middle-market executives feel the pressure of shorter cycle times, greater government oversight, increasing demands from customers, employees, industry colleagues and their families.

Dise offers three basic steps they can take to bring vitality and success to work every day:

  • Go home by 6 p.m. and don’t take work home.

  • Do “fun” things now; don’t put it off or wait for retirement.

  • Build a team you can trust, and then trust your team.

Business professionals needed for mock interviews
with CMSD 11th graders; two dates available

As part of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s college and career readiness work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland schools, we are helping to identify business professionals who are interested in conducting mock interviews with a small group of 11th graders.

The interviews will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 10: 30 a.m. at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 East 30th Street, and on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Washington Park Environmental Studies, 3875 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105.

The purpose is to help prepare the students for real-life job interviews by acting as the interviewer and providing constructive feedback to the students.

Please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or with questions or to volunteer. You may select one date or volunteer at both schools. Please indicate your preference when confirming your participation.

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) is a new approach to college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies.

Each school focuses on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. The AoC schools work to ensure that young people are prepared to learn for a lifetime, thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic workplaces, and contribute to Cleveland’s economic and civic prosperity.

GCP helping to connect employers and students through job shadowing experiences

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is helping to connect Northeast Ohio employers with prep2practice™, an online tool powered by The Center for Health Affairs that matches students with real-life job shadowing experiences in several occupations. They include:

  • Healthcare
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Creative industries and more
This system provides a centralized online location for students, schools and businesses to work collaboratively to create and coordinate prep2practice experiences. Click here to see how it works.

Prep2practice benefits Northeast Ohio in several ways including:
  • Businesses discover their future workforce by expanding their reach.
  • Schools make the connection with local businesses to help students find their future career.
  • Students discover the possibilities of their future through real-life job shadowing experiences.
Are you a business or school interested in prep2practice? Do you know a student who may be interested in a prep2practice experience?

To get started, please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or

Help develop the future manufacturing workforce

The WIRE-Net youth workforce team is looking for manufacturing companies to provide internship opportunities for qualified welding, machining, and manufacturing design (CADD) students from Max S. Hayes High School.

Internships can be a winning workforce recruitment strategy by providing a short-term work experience that potentially leads to long-term employment.

While each internship is flexible based on company and student needs, most internships share these common characteristics:
  • Liability insurance for students participating in an internship will be covered by Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Students have approximately 360 classroom hours in their career pathway by the time they reach their senior year and have continuously reviewed safety protocols.
  • Internships begin in mid-January and last through the month of April.
  • Interns work in the afternoon for approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Employers determine the rate of pay, but it must be at least minimum wage.
  • A company sponsor is assigned to mentor the intern while on-site.
  • At least one review session will occur among the student, teacher, and company mentor.
More information can be found here.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email Brianna Schultz, WIREnet’s director of Youth Programs at

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