Oct 29

City Council Approves $3 Million in Improvements to Airport Transportation Center

Cleveland City Council recently voted to allow Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to spend up to $3 million to expand the Ground Transportation Center, allowing more commercial vehicles to use it for picking up and dropping off passengers. Canopies will be constructed to allow the vehicles to be under cover and provide shelter from the weather for travelers.  

The GCP’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann provided testimony earlier this year in support of raising fees to cover the cost of the improvements, stating “[W]e stand in strong support of the airport administration’s proposal to assess the existing fee imposed on some commercial transportation operators—on those commercial vendors not yet paying the per-trip fee. This will allow upgrades to the ground transportation facilities while re-routing some growing vehicle pressure on the roadway system.”

McGann went on to explain that the GCP recently completed and released its three-year strategic plan, in which more than 250 of its members highlighted “expanding international and domestic air service” as one of the highest priorities of the organization.   
To read more about why this work at the airport is necessary and what it will entail, read the cleveland.com article

Additionally, the airport is in the early stages of the process to update the CLE Master Plan, the key airport guiding document. This plan provides guidance for the development of the airport to meet continued growth, assessment of major facility improvements and long-term capital investment. The GCP will be engaged in this process, providing its perspective and support to ensure the infrastructure is in place to foster future air service growth. View the current Airport Master Plan here.

GCP Hosts NSBA Great Lakes Region Listening Session

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs with membership from every state and every industry in the country.  Our partners at NSBA offer small business members an additional access point to meet with members of Congress and their staff and drive federal public policy issues that are of most importance to the small business community. 

As a lead-up to its 2018 Small Business Congress, NSBA is holding regional Listening Sessions as a way to gather grassroots input and insight into the issues most challenging to America’s small businesses.  On October 26th, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) hosted one out of three of these events nationwide.

Sharon Toerek, future NSBA Board Chair and GCP/COSE Board Member used the opportunity to introduce Todd McCracken, NSBA President and CEO to provide a briefing on the political outlook in Washington, D.C., including the upcoming midterm elections, Congress’ to-do list and where small business policy priorities stand.

McCracken then led a more detailed discussion on some of the key topics identified by NSBA and its regional partners, including tax reform 2.0, workforce, health insurance costs, regulatory reform, cybersecurity and net neutrality.  The input and findings from the session will be presented at NSBA’s Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. on November 14 and 15, and will also be a centerpiece of a national event of the Small Business Roundtable as it presents the needs of small businesses to legislators, the Administration, and the media.

Nominate Your Emerging Leaders for GCP LEAD

We are still accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2019 GCP LEAD Cohort 4. 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 becoming engaged in the GCP's work.  

Nominees must have at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the GCP's priority areas of education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, business development, physical development, and small and middle market initiatives. 

To submit your nomination(s), please contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com

NAFTA, Tariffs and What It Means for Your Business

In a fast moving and complex trade policy environment, it is difficult for companies to know how to react and plan for the future. The Great Lakes Metro ChambersCoalition is hosting a webinar with Stacy Ettinger, a partner with K&L Gates, to hear the latest on trade issues and the options companies have to address challenges with tariffs, including the process for requesting exemptions for specific materials and products. 

Stacy has over 20 years of experience working in Congress and the executive branch on a variety of issues, including international trade, intellectual property, and regulatory issues, as well as food and product standards, motor vehicle safety, and consumer financial services.
The webinar will take place October 31, 2018 from 11:00am-12:00pm. You can add this information to your calendar. When it's time, join the meeting.
The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition is a national collective of chambers of commerce across the Great Lakes region that jointly advocate on core policy issues, including water quality, immigration reform, trade, and transportation and infrastructure. Since 2008, the coalition has become a leading and effective voice on federal policy impacting the Great Lakes region. GCP is a founding member of this group. 

Volunteer to Help CMSD Students at The Resume Checkpoint Workshop

GCP members are invited to continue the resume education process with Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland 11th graders at a follow-up Resume Checkpoint event on November 13th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

The Resume Checkpoint is a continuation of a workshop held in August and is part of a series to help 11 grade students develop and improve their resumes so the resumes are “employer-ready” as they begin seeking jobs and internships.  The goal is for volunteers to review what the students have been working on from August to November and provide feedback to the student to help them further improve their resumes.

The Resume Checkpoint will be held at East Professional Development Center. For questions or to sign up, contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com or 216-592-2385.