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GCP applauds Controlling Board approval of Medicaid expansion

The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds Governor Kasich and the Controlling Board for today’s decision to approve the release of federal funds for Medicaid expansion in Ohio to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

“We’ve supported Medicaid expansion, along with other chambers across the state, because the business community understands that failure to do so would harm employers and the state's bottom line,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.” Expansion is good for businesses and Ohioans.”

Last Friday, Roman spoke at a press conference with the Governor and a number of community leaders to urge the Controlling Board to approve releasing the funds. Medicaid expansion was originally proposed during the budget process in the Ohio General Assembly but was scrapped by the Ohio House.

Since that time, the Governor continued to advocate for expansion. This inaction on the part of the General Assembly prompted the Governor to take a different route – asking the state Controlling Board to allow the state to receive the federal funds necessary to implement expansion.

Governor Kasich urged approval because it is “the right thing to do, both fiscally and morally.” Bringing Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans will reduce the cost of health care by improving prevention and providing options to emergency room care, which is much more costly than traditional care.

In his comments at last week’s press conference, Roman agreed that expansion makes sense from both perspectives. “It’s an issue of importance to small, mid-sized and large businesses,” said Roman. “We’re fortunate to have the insight of many GCP members who also serve on hospital boards and can attest to the fact that this is absolutely the right approach.”

Input wanted: Communicating about Cleveland school options

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance, launched earlier this year to ensure that every child in the City of Cleveland attends an excellent school, is seeking input as it develops its brand and communications platform. You can help by participating in a brief survey short survey.

The branding strategy is to use a simpler, alternative name (Campaign Name) to deliver public messaging and resources. The transformation alliance name will be used to deliver public documents and information about the organization and as a seal of approval when the Campaign Name and its items are presented to the public.

Click here to access the survey. The survey link has two names from which you may choose or you may submit your own recommendation.

The deadline to participate is 5 p.m., Friday, October 25.

CMSD receives $3M grant to create two new high schools

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has received a $3 million grant over three years from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to design and open two new high schools.

The award is part of the Corporation’s $28 million, multi-year Opportunity by Design initiative. These grant will enable CMSD to phase out a failing school and replace it with new, high-performing models.

The focus will be on John F. Kennedy High School, which will be phased out in its current form and broken into two small schools. The goal is to open the new school for the 2014-2015 school year. The District is in the process of hiring a principal.

“This effort will ensure that students are prepared to be successful in college and careers, while building capacity in the system to provide high quality schools,” said CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon.

The grant helps the District meet one of the objectives of The Cleveland Plan to dramatically improve public education in the city by growing the number of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland and closing and replacing failing schools.

A new look…Our website and Every Monday

Last week, we launched our new website and with this issue, we’re introducing a new look for our Every Monday e-newsletter. Learn more about our new site by clicking on the links in the header. The redesign includes:

We hope you find the new site easier to navigate and encourage you to explore the content.

Please feel free to let us know what you think via the Investor Hotline at 216.592.2379 or email us at  

GCP supports four levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a “yes” vote on four levies on the November ballot. We’ve created employer resource pages on our website to provide the business community with quick access to vital information about each of the levies, as well as direct links to each of the levies’ websites.

To view, click the links below.

Learn more about…

Issue 1: Health and Human Services Levy

Without voter approval, of Issue 1, Cuyahoga County’s health and human services programs will lose $76 million in funding by the end of 2014, forcing deep cuts to vital emergency services and programs that protect children, help people living with mental illness, and provide a variety of services that seniors depend on. Vital human services dependent on levy resources include:

  • Programs that protect children from abuse and neglect.
  • Critical emergency services at MetroHealth Medical Center including the Level One Trauma and Burn Center, Metro Life Flight and the intensive care unit for newborns.
  • Early childhood and preschool education programs that ensure children enter school healthy and ready to learn.
  • Home health care and support services that make it possible for seniors to continue to live in their own homes.
  • Emergency shelters for the homeless, drug & alcohol treatment programs, counseling for people living with mental illness, poison control and suicide prevention hotlines, rehabilitation for stroke victims and other crisis and prevention services.

Click here for more information.

Issue 80: Cleveland Metroparks Levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a “yes” vote on Issue 80, the Cleveland Metroparks Levy, a 1.8 mill levy renewal plus a 0.9 mill increase. This is the first request for public support from Cleveland Metroparks in nine years.

As one of Ohio’s oldest and most extensively used metropolitan park districts, Cleveland Metroparks has a significant impact on our community. For generations, people of all ages have found enjoyment in the natural beauty of the “Emerald Necklace.” The public support generated by Issue 80 will be dedicated to:

  • Preserving our parklands, streams and wildlife habitats
  • Keeping nearly 23,000 acres of safe, clean, beautiful parks for future generations
  • Cleaning up and operating the parks along the Cleveland lakefront
  • Maintaining and improving trails, picnic areas, restrooms, nature centers, roads and bridges
  • Enhancing outdoor education, nature walks and other programs
  • Ensuring our zoo remains a world-class destination for local families and tourists
  • Sustaining our Emerald Necklace as an invaluable community asset

Click here for more information. 

GCP advocates for Great Lakes marine transportation

As a leader on Great Lakes issues, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently weighed in on a proposed expansion of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The sanctuary, which was originally designated to protect historic ship wrecks, is located within Michigan’s Thunder Bay on Lake Huron. The sanctuary currently encompasses 448 square miles of lake and would be expanded to include a total of 4,300 square miles.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently reviewing comments, including those submitted by GCP, on the proposed expansion. GCP’s comments focused on the unintended consequences of expansion that would impact vessel and crew safety, as well potentially shut down bulk cargo ports that supply materials critical to Cleveland-based companies and industries.

GCP joined other Great Lakes organizations in seeking an exemption within the proposed sanctuary that would permit vessels to operate “in accordance with Federal rules and regulations that would apply if there is no Sanctuary,” a precedent that has been provided in instances when a negative impact on vessel operation was anticipated. Specifically, GCP asked that ballasting and anchoring be allowed within the new area.

NOAA meets later this week to review submissions. We will continue to monitor these discussions and the rule-making process as it moves forward.

A copy of our comments can be read HERE.

Former local officials among special guests at 50th anniversary Public Officials Reception

A reunion theme will help mark a major milestone of one of GCP’s premier events, the Public Officials Reception, which observes its 50th anniversary on Friday, November 22 at Windows on the River.

Former local officials will be among the special guests. Expected to attend are former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, former Cleveland City Council President George Forbes and former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan. Click here to register for the event.

Jane Campbell: Cleveland Mayor – 2002-2006; Cuyahoga County Commissioner – 1997-2001; Ohio House of Representatives – 1985-1997

The first woman to become mayor of Cleveland, Ms. Campbell reinvigorated discussion about the development of the city’s lakefront. She also led efforts on key projects in the city that flourish today.

Ms. Campbell’s administration worked with developers and investors to begin the successful reincarnation of East 4th Street. She also championed development of Steelyard Commons.

George Forbes: Cleveland City Council 1963-89; City Council President: 1974-89

Whoever writes the history of modern Cleveland will have to give George L. Forbes a chapter by himself. Elected to City Council in 1963, he was a key player in Carl Stokes’ historic 1967 campaign for mayor. His leadership was essential in creation of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and in passing the business-friendly measures that made downtown redevelopment possible.

But while attentive to the needs of business, Forbes never forgot his constituents among the poor, the working people and the minorities of Cleveland. He never believed their interests truly conflicted.

Tim Hagan: Cuyahoga County Commissioner 1982-1998 and 2004-2011; County Recorder 1981-1982

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan provided a constant voice for those who most often needed to be heard – our area’s poor. Socially committed, Mr. Hagan also played large roles in moving iconic projects forward in Cleveland.

He was a heavy lifter in the process to get the Gateway sports complex built, and he also was a significant backer of the construction of the Global Center for Health Innovation (Medical Mart).

Meet newest members of United’s fleet

To further increase efficiency and improve customer experience, United is taking delivery of more than 270 new aircraft over the next 10 years. United customers can enjoy greater comfort and a superior passenger experience on board new aircraft featuring the latest in technology.

Plus, acquiring new aircraft means becoming more fuel efficient. By replacing older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, and investing in technology such as winglets, United has improved fuel efficiency more than 32 percent since 1994. 

Click here to read about some of the newest members of the United fleet.

Middle-Market Summit to focus on “Game Changers”

Register today to watch the live stream of the 2013 National Middle Market Summit on Wednesday, October 30. The theme this year is "Game-Changers." The Summit will feature Tom Keene, editor-at-large at Bloomberg News and host of "Bloomberg Surveillance," who will interview several National Middle Market Summit speakers live from The Ohio State University on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 a.m. ET.

Sponsored by GE Capital, the Summit brings together over 1,000 CEOs, academics, policymakers and industry experts to discuss issues that affect middle-market executives. Click here to register.