May 21

GCP President and CEO Meets With Canadian Minister of International Trade, Discusses Partnership

Canada’s minister of international trade, The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, was at GCP earlier this morning to meet with Joe Roman, GCP president and CEO. Their discussion focused on how the partnership between the U.S. and Canada makes both countries more economically competitive. Canada is Ohio’s largest trading partner. Ohio exports nearly $20 billion in goods annually to Canada.  Over 300,000 Ohio jobs rely on trade with Canada. The discussion also focused on GCP’s leadership of the Great Lakes Metro Coalition – which lobbies federal officials on the importance of trade.

Another Workers’ Compensation Rebate (for employers) Expected

The Board of Directors for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) intends to vote on a proposed $1.5 billion rebate during their upcoming meeting on Thursday, May 24.

According to the BWC, the agency has returned more than $4 billion in rebates and credits to Ohio employers since 2011 due to a combination of safer workplaces and fewer workplace injuries.  The BWC also cites prudent fiscal management, strong investments, and falling claim numbers as factors that would allow for the delivery of its biggest rebate in two decades. 

Private employers and public employer taxing districts that pay into the State Insurance Fund would be eligible for rebates.  The BWC would begin sending checks in July to those that are eligible, providing Ohio businesses greater ability to invest in the growth of their companies, employees, and communities.

Click here to learn more about the BWC’s rebate plan and what it means for employers.

GCP Supported Cybersecurity Legislation Passes Ohio Senate

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) played a lead role in shaping Senate Bill 220 (SB 220), a bill that incentivizes the business community to implement recognized industry standards to ensure companies protect data.  And, GCP applauds the Ohio Senate for approving this important legislation last week.  

GCP members have increasingly identified cybersecurity as an emerging issue and significant challenge.  GCP supports SB 220, which would provide a business a route to argue an affirmative defense if the company implements a specified cybersecurity framework.  The legislation encourages businesses to achieve a higher level of cybersecurity through voluntary action.
On January 10, Tim Opsitnick (Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.) presented verbal testimony, on behalf of the GCP, in support of Senate Bill 220 (SB 220).  GCP will continue to advocate for the initiative as members of the Ohio House of Representatives begin their review of the bill.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Services

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is closely watching a proposal in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, currently in the House of Representatives, that would create a new executive position within the Department of Defense (DoD) that would be charged with cutting defense spending across agencies known as the “Fourth Estate”. The Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), which pays all DoD military and civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, as well as major DoD contractors and vendors, is one of the agencies that would be impacted if this proposal becomes law. 

Northeast Ohio is home to DFAS Cleveland, which provides services to military personnel across the country and is the only location that pays military retirees. Headquartered in downtown Cleveland, the agency has more than 2,300 employees and an overall economic impact of $300 million for the State of Ohio.  GCP last advocated on behalf of DFAS Cleveland during a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC) that threatened to close the location. The business community and GCP were successful in reversing this decision and saving thousands of jobs. 
GCP is closely with working with state partners and congressional staff to understand the potential impact of the “Fourth Estate” proposal and advocate for the needs of DFAS Cleveland.

Volunteer for True2U

Recognizing 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.