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How you can leverage inclusion to boost competitiveness

Success in business includes increasing competitiveness, boosting the bottom line, and attracting and keeping top talent.

A growing number of studies has found that all three can happen when a company creates strategies to develop and sustain an inclusive workplace and leverage its benefits.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is inviting GCP members who aren’t already part of its roster of 100+ Northeast Ohio employers to sign up and take the first steps toward building and leveraging an inclusive organization.

A letter sent recently to non-Commission member CEOs from GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, explains the rationale for the Commission’s work and how companies can benefit from it.

“The business value of an inclusive workplace is well-documented. A 2012 McKinsey study, Is There a Payoff from Top-Team Performance, looked at the top executive teams of 180 public firms and found that those with more diverse teams financially outperformed their peers by significant margins.

“Consequently, companies are moving from a perspective of diversity and inclusion as a ‘should do’ to a ‘want to do’ to improve their bottom-line. Admittedly, that shift isn’t easy.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has tools and resources available to you through the Commission on Economic Inclusion to assist your company with creating a more inclusive workplace. The Commission works with its member organizations to advance their inclusion initiatives and increase diversity at the board, senior management, workforce, and supplier levels.”

Joining the Commission

Two levels of participation are available:
  • Affiliate: Your employees have access to limited resources and events including the annual inclusion conference, Diversity Professionals Group forums and Chief Procurement Officers quarterly meetings.

  • Member: Includes all of the above plus national, regional and industry benchmarking data and a confidential organizational scorecard through your participation in the Commission’s annual Employers Survey on Diversity™.
To learn more about becoming a Commission member and how it can help drive positive change within your company or organization, please contact Commission Vice President Gina Cheverine at or 216.592.2261.

Be informed about November 3rd ballot issues

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is providing online information for employers to share with employees about these issues that will be on the November 3rd ballot. Click the links below to learn more.
  • YES on Issue 1: The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a YES vote on Issue 1, the Fair Districts Ohio statewide ballot issue. More protection is needed to ensure districts are drawn in a truly bipartisan manner, and our business members see this as a “good government” issue.

    Currently, the districts are drawn so the vast majority of candidates have little to worry about once they win their primary. The result is a polarization of our General Assembly, leaving little room for compromise on the issues impacting our state.
  • YES on Issue 2: The GCP supports Issue 2, an amendment which, if passed, would limit constitutional amendments proposing to grant economic monopoly rights not available to other similarly situated persons. In addition, the amendment would invalidate a successful vote on the marijuana legalization question on the same ballot.

  • NO on Issue 3: Following a lengthy review, the GCP concluded that the ResponsibleOhio proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses in Ohio.
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Click to download an employer letter that can be customized to send to your employees.
  • YES on Issue 8: The GCP urges a “YES” vote on Issue 8, which calls for renewal of an existing cigarette tax in Cuyahoga County that generates support for arts and culture.
The public funding provided through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture serves as a vital lifeline of support at a critical time and helps organizations and artists build audiences, capacity and business models that will sustain them independently long into the future.

It’s also important to note that our Arts & Culture sector is responsible for thousands of jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars in direct annual economic activity. Did you know that:
  • Every $1 generated by levy supports $21.43 in direct expenditures.
  • Our Arts & Culture organizations provide more than $350 million in annual direct economic impact, including $150 million in salaries supporting thousands of jobs.
On November 3rd, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to continue their support for all the people and organizations of our Arts & Culture sector by voting YES on Issue 8.

Last day to register to vote!

The registration deadline to vote in the November 3rd General Election is today, Monday, October 5.

If you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card. Here’s the link to the voter registration form.

To be prepared to cast your ballot, you can view sample ballots on the Board of Elections website.

Voters who are interested in serving as poll workers may call 216-443-VOTE (8683) or apply online.

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.

Join the discussion: Help shape the region's talent pipeline

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is committed to connecting the business community with Cleveland students and education providers to provide input and assistance with the development and implementation of college and career-readiness programs.

Preparing students for life-long success is a key strategy of The Cleveland Plan, which calls for dramatic changes in how the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) operates.

Introducing Academies of Cleveland

Please join us at the second introductory meeting about the Academies of Cleveland, a new approach to college and career readiness. Representatives from the business community are invited to get involved with its design and planning and to help ensure its successful implementation in five CMSD high schools.

Why participate?

“Workforce development is critical to the success of our region,” says Barry Doggett, senior vice president, public & community affairs for Eaton.

“Aligning the Academies of Cleveland to the needs of our employer base and engaging our employers in the education of our high school students will ensure both successful outcomes for our students and our business community.”

Northeast Ohio companies and organizations are looking for qualified employees across a range of industries including health care, manufacturing, financial services, and IT. However, the talent we need for business and regional economic vitality will not grow without an active partnership among the CMSD, our business and larger communities.

Learn how your company can contribute to the success of this exciting new venture!

Academies of Cleveland: Community Stakeholder Convening: Business and community members will come together to review visioning work already completed and build out the process for the Master Plan, other action plans, indicators, data requirements, and the formation of an implementation monitoring team. Thursday, October 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. location: TBD. Learn more.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Shana Marbury, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Barry Doggett, Eaton

A survey about internships: We want to hear from you!

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is conducting a survey of businesses regarding their thoughts on the value of interns. We want to hear what you have to say!

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and asks about the perspectives of your company or organization on internship programs, why you use or do not use interns, and related questions.

The information you provide will help us in building mutually rewarding connections between the business community and local interns.

Watch your email for details and learn how, as a survey participant, you can enter for a chance to win two United Airlines travel vouchers.

Earn continuing education credits at the COSE convention

Are you a CPA, lawyer or HR professional looking to fulfill your professional development or continuing education requirements and network with business-minded Clevelanders at the same time?

Attend the workshops of the COSE Small Business Convention! This year the convention returns to Cleveland on October 21 & 22 and features over 30 workshops focused on a variety of topics, not just those relevant to small business owners!

Greater Cleveland Partnership members can register for just $159, which includes access to up to five workshops (see schedule for accreditation), three keynote presentations and unique networking opportunities over two days.

Visit now to learn more and register.

Developers’ Showcase highlights Northeast Ohio’s development strengths, challenges

With 170 registrants and 14 civic and developer exhibitors, the NAIOP 2015 Developers' Showcase was an outstanding event that highlighted Northeast Ohio's development strengths and challenges as critiqued by national site selectors. The event was held at the Music Box Supper Club in The Flats.

Following an update by Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman about the 2016 Republican National Convention, Port of Cleveland President and CEO Will Friedman questioned panelists about business priorities in expansion projects and what Northeast Ohio can do to position itself to maximize development.

Focusing on regional strengths

Panelists remarked that Northeast Ohio has done a good job of focusing on its strengths in sectors such as manufacturing and biomedical activity and their related skilled workforces, rather than diluting its effort trying to be a jack of all trades across all business sectors.

While the tarnish of the Rust Belt image is still on the minds of some selection professionals, the panelists agreed that recent development successes and the attention that the convention will bring are helping to improve our region's image, and will keep Cleveland and Northeast Ohio on the minds of expanding companies. Lack of large development sites are a difficulty, while infrastructure capacity, a positive legacy of our industrial past, was cited as a solid strength.

The panelists' remarks were followed by an unveiling of a new joint initiative by the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).

Through flexible design, DesignFlex 2030 aims to facilitate continuous adaptability, improve operating efficiencies, increase technological capacity and decrease down time of new industrial facilities. Beyond the first focus of food manufacturing operations, the joint effort will continue to roll out updates on other industrial building types, including warehouse/distribution and biomedical/pharmaceutical operations.

The GCP has long been supportive of NAIOP, the trade group for commercial real estate development professionals. This event improved area development and real estate officials' understanding of how to maximize our business development and attraction opportunities.

For more information about the event, contact Vince Adamus, the GCP’s vice president, real estate and business development, at or 216.592.2258.

Above photo
: Site selection panelists for the Developers' Showcase included (left to right): Woody Hydrick of Global Location Strategies; Courtney Dunbar of Olsson Associates; and Tracey Hyatt Bosman of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.

Port of Cleveland beneficial sediment initiative scores
first major customer

The Port of Cleveland and its partner Kurtz Bros., Inc. have scored their first major user in the Port’s strategic effort to market sediment for beneficial use.

Great Lakes Construction, Co. (“Great Lakes”) has purchased 6,890 cubic yards of sediment for use in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Lakeland Boulevard / I-90 Replacement Project in Euclid.

The Great Lakes’ purchase—enough to fill 300 standard dump trucks—represents a big step forward in the Port’s overarching plan to creatively and efficiently manage river sediment, demonstrating that a private market does indeed exist, according to Port President and CEO Will Friedman.

“It shows there really is a market for this material, and people will pay for it,” he said. “That’s a win-win—saving tax dollars and providing a useful product to the private market.”

To keep the Cuyahoga deep enough for large commercial ships, over 200,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged annually—enough to fill a major league baseball stadium 30 feet deep. Traditionally, sediment was treated as waste and placed in confined disposal facilities (CDFs). But Port-commissioned studies found market demand for beneficial uses of sediment, including anything from composting to road fill.

Based on the study, the Port developed a multi-tiered approach to beneficially reuse as much sediment as possible, processing and marketing the material through its partnership with Kurtz Bros., a leader in serving the waste-to-resource and soil-related industries. Just a few months into the relationship, the Great Lakes’ deal has helped make the vision a reality.

Making it work: positive outcomes

“When our studies determined the Port could turn sediment from waste into a useful product while also reducing public expense and advancing green, sustainable practices, we ran with it,” said Friedman. “The Great Lakes Construction–ODOT project is a great example of how sediment can be used, and we’re looking forward to more companies seeing the benefits of the product.”

For more information on the Port’s innovative efforts on sediment management, contact Jim White, Port director of sustainable infrastructure programs, at

To inquire about purchasing sediment, contact Kurtz Bros., Inc. at 216.986.7000 or

Above photo: Sediment from the Cuyahoga River that the Port of Cleveland is marketing for beneficial use.

GCP members honored with Commuter Choice Awards

Congratulations to Greater Cleveland Partnership members NASA Glenn Research Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) who won NOACA's 2015 Gold Commuter Choice Awards for their support of environmentally friendly forms of transportation and implementation of programs that strongly encourage alternative commuting for their employees.

This is the second year that NASA Glenn earned a Gold rating. CWRU, a recipient of a Bronze rating in 2014, achieved the Gold rating this year by increasing employee incentive programs, including subsidized employee transit passes and secure, covered parking for bicycles. NOACA rewarded this effort by also presenting CWRU with the 2015 “Most Improved” Award.

These GCP members also were honored:
Environmentally friendly commute options include transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking and telecommuting

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