May 14

Voters Approve HHS Levy, Redistricting Reform

On Primary Election Day 2018, voters approved two issues supported by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).  

A two-year renewal of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services (HHS) levy, Issue 9, passed with about 73 percent of the vote.  GCP leadership will continue to actively work with Cuyahoga County to determine the need and future structure of HHS levies going forward.

Issue 1 will create a more bi-partisan, public process for drawing U.S. Congressional districts and it was authorized with approximately 75 percent of the vote.  Issue 1 offers rules limiting the extent to which counties, municipal corporations, and townships can be split between districts; the City of Cleveland will remain whole within its district.  

Looking ahead to this November’s General Election, the electorate will decide one of Ohio’s two allotted U.S. Senators, key U.S. Congressional seats, a new Governor and statewide posts, 99 Ohio House seats, and 10 state Senators.

Be heard. Contribute to the Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) today. 

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CCCIC Recommends $500,000 in Development Loans

The Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation (CCCIC) reviewed and recommended for approval by the County’s legislative bodies $500,000 in Economic Development Loans for the Fairmount Santrol, Inc. project. Fairmount Santrol, Inc. proposes to move its headquarters, currently in Chesterland, Ohio, to leased office space at 3 Summit Park Rd., in Independence. 

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Commission Best in Class Winners Announced

Congratulations to 10 GCP members for being named Best in Class for diversity and inclusion. These awards recognize businesses and organizations that demonstrate a true commitment to advancing equity within their organizations and within our community. Awards will be presented at the GCP Annual Meeting on May 15, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center.

Board Diversity

  • Huntington National Bank
  • The MetroHealth System
  • The Cleveland Foundation

Senior Management Diversity

  • Cavaliers Holdings, LLC
  • Cuyahoga Community College

Workforce Diversity

  • Enterprise
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Supplier Diversity

  • Kent State University

Diversity in the Legal Profession

  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Additionally, four GCP members will be placed in the Commission Hall of Fame for their three-time recognition in a category.

Commission Hall of Fame

  • The MetroHealth System, Board Diversity
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Senior Management Diversity
  • Enterprise, Workforce Diversity
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Workforce Diversity

2018 Board of Directors Ballot and Proxy

As the designated representative of a member company of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), you are entitled to vote in the election of the GCP Board of Directors. As indicated in the ballot, 24 nominees will be elected to three-year terms that expire in 2021, which includes new Directors and those being re-elected to the GCP Board. There are 2 nominees to be elected to fill open seats in the class of 2020 and 1 nominee to be elected to fill an open seat in the class of 2019. Pursuant to the Code, candidates have been recommended by a nominating committee and notice was given to the membership inviting additional nominations. No nominations were received from the Members.

Vote for the candidates who are listed in the table here. By checking the appropriate box below, you may either submit proxy instructions to vote for the entire slate of nominated candidates or submit proxy instructions to vote for individual nominees. Please return your completed ballot and proxy to the GCP offices by mail o the attention of: Secretary,Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road E, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1717, email, or fax (216) 687-6788 on or before April 30, 2018.

Cleveland Chain Reaction

Season 2 of Cleveland Chain Reaction - a neighborhood economic development project brought to you by The Greater Cleveland Partnership, its small business program COSE, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Glazen Urban and JumpStart along with media partner WJW Fox 8 - is taking shape. Old Brooklyn, a city neighborhood south of Downtown on the west side, will host the project with the goal of matching local investors with local entrepreneurs. By December 2018, Chain Reaction aims to have five new businesses preparing to open in the neighborhood. Old Brooklyn was selected from a group of four neighborhood finalists, which also included Midtown, Shaker Square/Larchmere and Collinwood.

Five local investors have also committed to the second Chain Reaction season. These city advocates have each pledged $100,000 to invest in local scale-up businesses. Collectively, the five new businesses that open during the project will bring jobs and additional economic activity to the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Meet our five investors:

  • Rick Blaszak is a life-long Clevelander who has started several small businesses in the city, and is excited to explore more ways to attract young, creative entrepreneurs to our urban neighborhoods.
  • Bernie Moreno is a very active community member who owns several businesses in Northeast Ohio, primarily in the auto dealership space.
  • Eddie Ni is an entrepreneur specializing in commercial real estate development, retail, import/ export, manufacturing and kitchen cabinetry wholesale businesses. He wants to provide more business opportunities for people in the community.
  • Vanessa Whiting is an attorney finessed on affordable housing and community development law. She owns 15 Popeye’s franchises, loves Cleveland, its people and its neighborhoods.
  • Dan Zelman is a local entrepreneur and is excited to help foster growth in a neighborhood that needs it. 

Steve Millard, Executive Director of COSE, stated, “Chain Reaction is a one of a kind opportunity for small business owners to get in front of willing, patient investors that believe in their idea and their plan for one of Cleveland’s key neighborhoods. The most important thing right now is to get small business owners to throw their hat in the ring to be considered to pitch to our investors.”

Cleveland Chain Reaction is now accepting applications for businesses who are interested in being considered as one of the final five companies who will work with our investors to build a new business in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Applications are available at and will be accepted through May 30, 2018.

Volunteer for True2U

True2U enews 04 04 16.jpgRecognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program—True2U—a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, MyCom, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute provides eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

This exploration and mentoring program links community capital to students and schools. Its objective is to begin raising career awareness for CMSD students on the cusp of entering high school. Mentors are trained on a structured curriculum and work in teams of two with small groups of  students supported by a CMSD key teacher once a month.

We invite business professionals from all industries to volunteer as mentors for the program. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To submit your mentor application, please click HERE.

For questions about mentoring, contact Angela Finding at or 216-592-2385.