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Economic realities driving East Cleveland annexation conversation

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton discusses the economic realities that have led to the conversation about the possible annexation of the near-ring suburb by the City of Cleveland.

He notes that East Cleveland's population has dipped from 40,000 in 1970 to about 17,000 today. In addition, the average household income today is $20,000 and the majority of East Cleveland residents are unemployed.

These numbers, he says, point to the need to consider changes. Click to watch the video.

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How you can help support the Health and Human Services levy

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is urging passage of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy, which is Issue 23 on the March 15th county-wide ballot.

The 4.8 mill levy – which is not a tax increase—is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.

Opportunities to support the Health and Human Services Levy include serving as a volunteer, requesting a yard sign, donating to the campaign and voting YES on Issue 23 on the March 15th ballot. Read more.

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Why GCP has a Political Action Committee and the power of your involvement

Primary election season is in full swing, Iowa and New Hampshire have cast their ballots, and Ohioans will march to the polls on March 15th to have their say. And, don’t forget, Tuesday, February 16th is the deadline to register to vote in Ohio's primary election.

Individually, you may choose to support candidates through your contributions and your vote. While the right to vote and your perspective on the issues are crucial, many still believe their voice is not heard throughout the process.

Click here to learn about the role the Greater Cleveland Partnership Political Action Committee (GCP PAC) plays in amplifying the voice of business.

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CDA closes on financing for new urban high school

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, closed on financing for the new Saint Martin de Porres High School (SMDP) in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.

SMDP is a Cristo Rey Network school that provides children of modest economic means with an education experience that includes work study, service, leadership training and spirituality.

CDA provided Federal and Ohio New Markets Tax Credits as well as a loan. Read more.

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Ohio’s middle-market growth improves, tops national trend

Ohio’s middle-market companies’ year-over-year revenue growth in 2015 improved compared to 2014, according to the National Center for the Middle Market’s 4Q 2015 Indicator (MMI) report released last week.

Last year’s Ohio middle-market revenue growth rate was reported at 6.6 percent, compared to 5.4 percent at the end of 2014. This increase topped the national year-over-year growth rate of 6.1 percent.

Read more.