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Business and public-sector leaders mingle, connect
at GCP’s Public Officials Reception

Many thanks to our members and their guests for making the 52nd annual Public Officials Reception a tremendous success! More than 550 Northeast Ohio business community leaders and elected officials attended the event last Friday at Windows on the River.

The Public Officials Reception—which kicks off the holiday season for many in the Greater Cleveland business community—brings our members together with public policy decision makers and influencers in a relaxed setting for informal discussions and networking.

For all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the evening and will join us again in 2016. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope to see you at next year’s event!

Our guests included...

Photo left: Congressman Jim Renacci and North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik; Photo right: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and spouse Fran DeWine.

Photo left: City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and City of Cleveland Chief of Government and International Affairs Valarie McCall; Photo right: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish (center); Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff Sharon Sobel Jordan (left); and City Club of Cleveland CEO Dan Moulthrop (right).

Photo left: State Senator Sandra Williams; Photo right: Ohio Senate Majority Leader (second from left); Ivan Schwartz, president and CEO, Greater Cleveland Film Commission (left); Kimberly Corrigan; and Nathaniel Jonhenry, Squire Patton Boggs.

Photo left: Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady and City of Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady; Photo right: Cuyahoga County Councilman Jack Schron and State Rep. Mike Dovilla.

Photo left (left to right): GCP Board member and Commission on Economic Inclusion Co-Chair Eddie Taylor, president, Taylor Oswald; Marilyn Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity and professor of English, Case Western Reserve University; Ariane Kirkpatrick and Danny Couch; The AKA Team; Photo right (left to right): Commission on Economic Inclusion Co-chair Dan Walsh, chief executive officer, CityMark Capital; Rob Falls, president and CEO, Falls Communications; and John Gadd, president and CEO,

Photo left (left to right): Denise Van Leer, executive director, Fairfax Renaissance Corporation; Loretta Mester, president and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and Susan Black, executive information manager and assistant chief of staff, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Photo right (left to right): Chris Ronayne, president, University Circle, Inc; GCP Board members Len Komoroski, chief executive officer, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, and Dr. Ronald Berkman, president, Cleveland State University.

View more photos in our Public Officials Reception photo album on our Facebook page.

Congressional action keeps Highway Trust Fund solvent
through Dec. 4

Last week, Congress passed a two-week patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through December 4th, providing time for members to finish conference negotiations on a six-year bill.

The Senate passed a six-year bill in July, and, earlier this month, the House followed suit with a six-year bill of its own.

While the two measures are largely identical, there are some differences on funding levels and pay-fors used in the two bills, necessitating a conference between House and Senate negotiators to find a compromise.

These differences are not insurmountable; however, the brevity of the current extension reflects confidence that these issues will be resolved easily and a compromise long-term bill can be passed quickly.

While both chambers are out this week for the Thanksgiving recess, the six-year bill will likely be introduced and passed by both chambers the following week, ahead of the December 4th deadline.

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies and organizations that recently joined the ranks of Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors. Click the links below to learn more about them.

Save the Date! 2016 Cleveland Internship Summit:
Building the Talent Pipeline

Please mark your calendar for the 2016 Cleveland Summit on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cleveland State University Student Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue.

This summit will bring business community representatives and educators together to discuss how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

Who should attend:

  • College Career Counselors
  • High School Guidance and Career Counselors
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Internship Coordinators
  • Middle-market C-suite Executives
  • Nonprofit and Government Administrators
  • Small Business Owners
  • Special Project Managers

Presented by:

For more information email or call 216.592.2376.

Were you an intern? Tell us your story!

Did an internship help you get started on your career path? We want to hear about it!

Learning about your experience can help us as we explore ways to create meaningful internship opportunities in the Cleveland area for the next generation of professionals.

Please email us at and let us know:
  • Where did you intern?
  • How long was the internship?
  • What was the best part about being an intern?
  • What did you learn from your internship experience that helped you transition into full-time employment?
Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Middle-market perspectives: C-suite involvement essential
to innovation success

In a recent survey by the National Center for the Middle Market about innovation practices, leaders and senior managers from more than 500 middle-market businesses agreed that buy-in and support from all segments of the organization are essential to a successful innovation process.

Some of these people should be your company’s top leaders, especially your chief financial officer (CFO), chief marketing officer (CMO), and chief information officer (CIO). They offer perspectives and insights about financing, customers, and technologies that can help make your next big idea a success.

These leaders likely have the pulse on the company’s overall vision of the future. It follows, then, that their contributions to ideation and their perspectives on implementation strategies can help synchronize innovation initiatives with overall business strategy.

To learn more about C-suite involvement and other strategies of top middle market innovators, click to download the Center’s research report, "Organizing for Innovation in the Middle Market."

The National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, is a strategic partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle-Market Initiative.

Port of Cleveland continues to grow despite market challenges

The Port of Cleveland’s strategic investments are continuing to pay off, as October figures show cargo volumes exceeding 2014 numbers, with particular strength in international volumes.

Container volumes at the Port have increased by more than 400 percent compared with this time last year, and overall tonnage is up by more than 300 percent.

This growth has been heavily driven by the Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service. The service has succeeded despite a tougher market for US shippers as the strong dollar has weakened exports and the global commodities market has been driven down in the face of China’s economic woes.

"Despite challenges, cargo volumes moving through the Port of Cleveland continue to exceed 2014 numbers,” said Port VP of Maritime & Logistics Dave Gutheil.

“The Cleveland-Europe Express has far exceeded 2014 volumes, and we are working intently on making the service even more attractive for the 2016 season.”

New cargoes contribute to Port's strong year

New cargoes such as steel pipe handled by Federal Marine Terminals and project cargoes handled by both Federal Marine Terminals and C-Port Maritime have also contributed to the Port’s strong year.

“The Port of Cleveland is actually growing our volume and diversifying our client base in a tough market,” said Will Friedman, Port president and CEO. “Our strategic investments in the CEE and on our docks are helping our region compete globally, and we expect even better returns next year.”

Operated by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group, the CEE provides the Great Lakes economy direct maritime access to European markets, with ships calling in Cleveland at least twice monthly. That unique service has given Northeast Ohio greater access to and the ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Learn more

If you’re interested in finding out more about using the Cleveland-Europe Express or the Port’s maritime services, contact Dave Gutheil, the Port’s vice president of maritime & logistics, at or 216.377.1363.

Photo from Port of Cleveland: The “Floragracht” based out of the Netherlands