Jun 25

Opening Soon: Beauty Shop Coworking Space & Café in Ohio City

Starting with 10,000 square feet of office, meeting, event, and café space, Beauty Shoppe Seymour Building is expected to open its doors in August. Located in Ohio City at the intersection of Detroit Avenue and W. 26th St., the space is ideal for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses who need flexible, scalable office space without the cumbersome terms of a traditional lease. 

The coworking space will also feature Foyer, a coffee shop open to both Beauty Shoppe members and the general public. Foyer is a new kind of community gathering place that combines a sustainably minded, expertly curated café with a dynamic lounge and event space where Clevelanders can relax, connect, and meet their neighbors.

The Seymour Building, with Beauty Shoppe and Foyer, is a focal point of The Quarter, the highly-anticipated mixed-use development project from local developers The Snavely Group that is reviving a key intersection between downtown and the near west side of Cleveland. GCP’s Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA) provided Beauty Shoppe with a $200,000 CDA-CRF loan for the space at 2529 Detroit Ave. Click here to learn more about CDA's involvement.

And that’s not the only exciting news coming out of Ohio City these days. GCP Investor-Level Members can get a firsthand look on July 26 at another exciting development happening in Ohio City by registering for an insider’s tour of the W25d project, otherwise known as "The Quarter" that is taking shape. The commercial side of the project includes commercial space, transportation, streetscape, parking and community park improvements for the betterment of the neighborhood. Join Peter Snavely from the Snavely Group on a tour of the construction as gives an insider look into the development and answers questions you may have. End the evening with a reception an networking hour. Click here to learn more.

GCP PAC: The Region's Political Action Committee

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee, or GCP PAC, is a non-partisan, unified voice for businesses of all sizes and industries in our region.

There are many ways our members can ensure their voice and the voice of the business community is heard throughout government.  Participation in GCP advocacy offerings like the D.C. Fly-In or Empowering Local Leadership Conference, COSE Day at the Capitol, and GCP Public Officials Reception are all unique opportunities to connect with elected leaders that shape public policies that directly impact the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio. 

Yet, no offering may be more useful than having the ability to collectively pool our resources together to provide our members with the means for concerted action.  The dollars contributed through the GCP PAC are specifically used to provide support for state and local government leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.

What has GCP advocacy done for your business of late?  Click here.

Thank you to all volunteer leaders who contribute to the GCP PAC.  Will you choose to participate in the GCP PAC movement?

Please consider making your contribution of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 to GCP PAC prior to the Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, so we can continue to lead the conversation in the development of common sense economic policy and regulatory reform. 

Please note individuals, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and sole proprietorships can legally make contributions to a PAC. Contributions must include itemized allocations by partners in partnerships or members of a LLC. Ohio law prohibits other corporate political contributions. 

Your participation in the GCP PAC is completely voluntary. Donations are not tax-deductible and will be used for political purposes. An individual may contribute up to $12,707.79 annually to an Ohio Political Action Committee. You may choose not to participate without fear of reprisal. You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or decision not to contribute.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Closes Financing for Campus Expansion

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing for the $6.1 million expansion of the Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) campus in Garfield Heights has closed.  Cleveland Development Advisors, an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, provided a $6 million NMTC allocation paired with Ohio NMTC and a $2.2 million loan from its Advance Cleveland Development Fund to bridge capital campaign pledges.

The main component of the project is construction of The Rajan Academy Center, which will bring the BHGH Academy Program under one roof and allow more than 200 Scholars to participate in an empowering home-like atmosphere fostering a sense of pride from middle school through high school.  The Academy Center will include a two classrooms, art room, stem lab, college preparatory tutoring, study spaces, counseling areas, wellness/fitness room and open spaces for Scholars to develop holistically each day. In addition, renovation of the former Ss. Peter and Paul School gymnasium and kitchen will create countless opportunities for BHGH Scholars to access safe and healthy physical wellness activities. 

“Boys Hope Girls Hope has proudly offered critical developmental opportunities to scores of young people from poverty for nearly 30-years because Northeast Ohioans have faithfully invested time, talent and treasure in the idea of making sure “hope” always had an address. CDA’s remarkable NMTC investment in the Rajan Academy Center project emboldened our efforts and catalyzed more than 30 individual and foundation gifts that have allowed us to achieve our vision of building a beacon of hope that will provide critical opportunities to hard-working young people for decades to come. “ 

About BHGH:

BHGH provides stability, support, and scholarship to bright and motivated children from challenging circumstances. Despite the fact that these scholars have faced some combination of economic poverty, severe family stress, neighborhood violence or other extraordinary circumstance, they maintain a courageous desire to make their goals a reality.   BHGH’s time-tested Residential Program contends that the combination of a quality education, a safe and secure home, and a consistent routine will provide the young people we serve with the values and opportunities they need to realize and achieve their full potential. Boys Hope Girls Hope has also carried this philosophy into the community through their  intensive non-residential Academy Program serving talented students from middle school through college and career launch.   The Rajan Academy Center made possible through the NMTC financing will provide a substantial increase in BHGH’s capacity and depth of programming opportunities for resident and community scholars, alike.

GCP Plays Key Role in Blockchain Efforts

Much has been said or written of late about an innovative technology known as blockchain.  Put simply, blockchain is a list of records, or blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. And, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is at the forefront of helping drive the conversation on this topic and how it may be applied to businesses and government.

“We want to take the biggest bite out of blockchain that we can,” Greater Cleveland Partnership CEO Joe Roman recently stated.

Joe Roman was part of a contingent of Northeast Ohio business leaders that traveled to Toronto, a recognized leader in the blockchain field, to discuss ways in which our region could harness the technology and further spur development. 

GCP also hosted members and partners for a discussion with State Senator Matt Dolan related to a bill the Senator introduced, Senate Bill 300.  The legislation that would address blockchain technology in Ohio.

GCP will continue to convene elected officials, the business community, and thought leaders by playing a key role in this transformational effort.