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GCP affiliate receives $125K Cleveland Foundation grant
to support workforce development program

The Economic Growth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). has been awarded a $125,000 grant by the Cleveland Foundation to support the GCP’s new Pathway Partners program, which will connect the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce.

The Pathway Partners program will create a “one stop” physical and virtual destination to connect local students with internships and other out-of-school experiential learning opportunities through the GCP’s broad network of member businesses. In addition, Pathway Partners will provide employers experiential learning best practices and templates.

Pathway Partners also will partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) on a self-development and career exploration initiative called True2U, which will be phased in over three years to reach every CMSD eighth-grade student.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to be the lead business partner for True2U as part of the launch of our Pathway Partners initiatives,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Our members—whether they’re small, mid-sized or large companies—continue to tell us that attracting and keeping top talent is a significant challenge. This is true for a variety of industries. Clearly, nurturing and developing home-grown talent is one solution.”

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Save the Date! 2015 GCP Annual Meeting of Members

Please mark your calendar and plan to join other business and community leaders at the 2015 Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 17 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. Our agenda includes:
  • An overview of GCP’s impact from the past year
  • A discussion of our priorities for 2015 and beyond
  • Special presentation: Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in Class Awards
Click to reserve a corporate table of 10 to ensure prime seating for your company.

For more information, please call 216.592.2376 or email us at

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Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in-Class Awards Sponsor

Commission members recognized for diversity
and inclusion progress

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, annually recognizes 50 (25 for-profit, and 25 nonprofit) of its members for progress in creating, enhancing and sustaining their diversity and inclusion strategies.

Commission 50 recognition is based on responses to the Commission’s annual Employers Survey on Diversity™. Scores are tabulated based on four metrics:
  • Board Diversity (corporate)
  • Senior Management Diversity (Northeast Ohio)
  • Workforce Diversity (Northeast Ohio)
  • Supplier Diversity (Northeast Ohio)
The organizations are ranked by each of the four metrics, and the rankings are combined to produce a final score. The 50 Commission-member organizations* with the highest combined scores receive this distinguished designation.

Click to see the list of honorees, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

*There was a tie score among nonprofits resulting in 51 organizations receiving the 2015 designation.

GCP advocacy staff member selected as Marshall Memorial Fellow

Congratulations to Alesha Washington, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior director of advocacy, for her selection as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. The new Fellows were announced this month by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

As reported in Crain’s Cleveland Business, “the group includes 42 representatives from Europe and 34 from the United States. Fellows are selected from 700 nominations across 39 countries in a highly competitive process, with just 10 percent of nominated candidates selected for the fellowship, according to the organization.

“The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ flagship leadership development program, according to the announcement. Fellowships are granted to leaders from all sectors, including business, government and civil society.

“Fellows participate in six months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of policy immersion.

“The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is underwritten in select regions by funders, including the Cleveland Foundation.”

“Pass the Plus:” Good news from the region

Keep up with the positive news from around the Cleveland Plus region by reading the “Pass the Plus” monthly e-newsletter.

In this month’s issue, learn about the four-stage $57 million development project to further enhance the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that spans 85 miles and runs from Cuyahoga County down to Tuscarawas County.

The project development agreement is currently being managed and maintained by four partners: Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks and Canalway Partners. Once completed, the Towpath will grow from 85 to 101 miles of trail.

The newsletter also includes story about activities that will be part of 2015: The Year of Clean Water as designated by the Cleveland Water Alliance, in collaboration with the City of Cleveland, the beautification of Northeast Ohio cities and more.

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Pass the Plus” is a free monthly publication of the Regional Marketing Alliance, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cleveland Plus campaign. The Alliance is part of the economic development system that the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to create and continues to support.

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Connect with YPs at second annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week

Employers and organizations looking to attract new talent, gain exposure, etc. are invited to participate in Engage! Cleveland’s second annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week (June 1-7) by having a table at the Young Professional Employment & Civic Engagement Fair on Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Parma-Snow Library.

The YP Employment & Civic Engagement Fair will target young professionals who want to get involved in the community through nonprofits and young professional organizations (YPO), as well as those looking for Master's programs and employment opportunities.

The cost is dependent on the type of organization: employer/Master's program ($250), nonprofit/YPO ($75). Booth space,, which includes a table and 2 chairs, to speak to attendees about your organization will be provided. Participants are responsible for bringing their collateral.

This event is limited to 60 organizations, so register early to reserve your spot!

Click for more information and to sign up. If you have questions, please email