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Significant progress made to promote inclusion in Cleveland construction projects

Backed by strong support from the public and private sectors, several action steps have been taken to implement recommendations on how to increase local and minority participation on major private sector construction projects planned in the City of Cleveland.

The action items, provide the framework to carry out recommendations from a special report prepared in March 2012 for the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). The recommendations were based on more than 300 hours of interviews with key stakeholders over a 12-month period.

A catalytic recommendation called for Community Benefits and Inclusion agreements for private sector projects. A significant step forward was achieved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by nine organizations on February 26, 2013, and a subsequent endorsement of the MOU by 10 public and private project owners on September 16, 2013. Progress on the recommendations includes:

  • Capitalizing on the City of Cleveland’s community benefits model which is enacted through city ordinances and policies;
  • Creating and convening a Construction Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Natoya Walker Minor, chief of public affairs, City of Cleveland and Anthony Panzica, president and CEO, Panzica Construction Company. The committee has more than 50 representatives from the business community; project owners; unions; contractors; schools; training organizations; black, Hispanic and women-focused community groups and the City of Cleveland.
  • Developing subcommittees for owners, contractors and subcontractors, training and apprenticeships, community groups and workforce reporting and monitoring;
  • Developing an RFQ for a skilled labor demand study;
  • Engaging a quality economic research firm to proceed with the study;
  • Raising $55,000 to fund the study;
  • Convening the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Construction Employers Association, Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council, and Joint Apprentice Training Coordinators to develop an operating agreement leading to curriculum for school-to-apprenticeship by 2014;
  • Securing endorsements by 10 public and private sector project owners to manage $5 billion in projects in the method prescribed by the collaborative.

Click here to read more in the press release.

GCP supports four levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a “yes” vote on four levies on the November ballot. Click on the links below to learn more:

  • Issue 1: Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services levy
  • Issue 79: Cleveland Public Library renewal levy
  • Issue 80: Cleveland Metroparks levy
  • Issue 82: Port of Cleveland renewal levy

About Issue 82: The Port of Cleveland levy


The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s renewal levy (Issue 82) will not increase taxes, and the ROI on your tax dollars is significant! For every $100,000 in property value, property owners only pay $3.50 per year or a little less than a penny per day.

And for every $1 taxpayers put into it, the Port Authority supports $562 of economic activity. This includes the salaries of over 18,000 jobs that are supported by the Port’s activities! This is certainly worth roughly the cost of a cup of coffee!

How to support the Port levy


If you are also interested in helping spread the word, visit the Keep Our Port Strong website to learn more and sign up for easy ways to volunteer. Only have a minute? Then click to share a Tweet or Facebook post and be sure to follow and like the Keep our Port Strong Twitter and Facebook pages!

Please join us! 50th Anniversary Public Officials Reception

This year marks a major milestone of one of GCP’s premier events—the Public Officials Reception, which is observing its 50th anniversary on Friday, November 22 at Windows on the River.

“We’re adding the designation of reunion to this year’s theme,” says GCP’s Senior Vice President Government Advocacy Carol Caruso. "We’re thrilled that, to date, we have three former Ohio governors planning to attend.” For more information on the event, please visit the Public Officials Reception website.

Richard Celeste: Governor – 1983-1991; Lt. Governor – 1975-1979

Cleveland native Dick Celeste’s long and distinguished career in public service included two terms as governor of Ohio. Mr. Celeste is known for encouraging the integration of more women and minorities into leadership roles in government.

Critical to Cleveland’s rebirth, he worked to move the Gateway sports complex project forward and played a pivotal role in locating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the city’s lakefront.

Robert A. Taft II: Governor – 1999-2007; Secretary of State – 1991-1999; Ohio House of Representatives – 1977-1980

Northeast Ohio is indebted to former Gov. Robert Taft for his vision in creating the Third Frontier program, which is dedicated to stimulating Ohio’s economy through investments in technology. The program has invested an estimated $450 million in job-creating, economic development efforts in Greater Cleveland.

Mr. Taft highlighted and accelerated investment in Ohio’s innovation economy, including the creation of the Cleveland-based Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center.


George Voinovich: U.S. Senator – 1999-2011; Governor – 1991-1998; Mayor – 1980-1989; Ohio House of Representatives – 1967-1971

A favorite son of Cleveland, Mr. Voinovich rose to become governor of Ohio and a U.S. Senator. But perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his 10 years as mayor of Cleveland.

Mr. Voinovich stepped into the mayor’s office with a steady hand amid the smoldering ruins of default. He swiftly cobbled together a public-private partnership of elected officials and business leaders and restored the city’s fiscal integrity. 

Utica Summit 2014: The next step in oil and gas advocacy

Utica Summit 2014 is a daylong event that brings people together to talk about what can be done to fuel transportation across the United States with Utica energy, to build sustainable businesses powered by Utica energy, and to grow businesses that use Utica energy as its raw product to create industrial and consumer goods.

The event is presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository, and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Utica Summit 2014 will be a one-day forum for high-level conversation about what is possible, now and in the future, all because of the technology that permits horizontal drilling of the shale plays in the United States.

Who should attend?

  • Companies working directly and indirectly in the oil and gas industry who are seeking to learn about the future developments in the Utica Shale.

  • CEOs and C-Level managers across many industries looking for strategic growth opportunities as the result of lower energy and feedstock costs;

  • Controllers, CFOs and finance directors searching for ways to effectively reduce costs through the use of LNG/CNG driven vehicles.

Click here to learn more.

Stay informed and Pass the Plus!

Stay informed about the latest news about and happenings in the Cleveland Plus region. In the October issue of the “Pass the Plus" newsletter, find out how Ohio is on track to export nearly $50 billion worth of goods this year, and what makes Northeast Ohio an exporting powerhouse. 

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