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CDA closes on financing for new urban high school

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 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.

SMDP has undertaken A Step Along the Way capital campaign to construct a new 65,000 square foot school. CDA provided Federal and Ohio New Markets Tax Credits as well as a loan. To learn more about the school and the capital campaign, visit

Cleveland Development Advisors is the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate that invests private capital and New Markets Tax Credit allocations into catalytic projects in Cleveland.

Nonstop service continuing from CLE on two routes
dropped by United

Although United Airlines is eliminating nonstop service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and St. Louis in May as part of a system-wide realignment, the route will be picked up in June by Southwest Airlines.

This change, as well as United’s decision to cut its nonstop route from CLE to Las Vegas, reflects the reality of the marketplace, says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, which can be a positive for Hopkins travelers.

“CLE’s high origination and destination passenger continue to be strong, which has attracted low and ultra-low cost carriers, increasing competition and driving down fares benefiting travelers, “said Roman.

“As the airline industry continues to evolve and adjust to changing market conditions, it’s anticipated that other carriers will continue to add new service or increased frequencies to cities that are underserved.

“United’s system-wide realignment decision to reduce and replace regional flying impacts the CLE-STL route, but we’re fortunate to have Southwest Airlines picking up the route with larger equipment. “

In addition, passengers flying to Las Vegas can choose from three nonstop options. Southwest, Frontier and Spirit are providing service.

Air service at Hopkins remains a GCP priority. The organization’s Air Service Demand Task will continue its efforts to add more destinations and frequency to support the needs of the business community.

GCP's list of high-impact projects for state funding includes request for Lakefront Pedestrian Bridge

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending that the Ohio Legislature include financing for 11 high-impact projects in the state’s 2016-17 capital bill.

The GCP – the largest chamber of commerce in Ohio – traditionally submits its list of capital budget priorities to the legislature. Legislators have given the GCP recommendations a high priority in the crafting of past capital bills. The 2016-17 capital bill will be drafted later this year. The 2015-2016 capital bill included over $30 million for community projects in the greater Cleveland area.

“It was difficult to compile this list because there are so many worthy projects in Cleveland that deserve consideration,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “But after thorough deliberation, we came up with a list of projects that we believe are best suited to spur job-creating economic development and contribute the most to Cleveland’s ongoing renaissance.”

The recommended project list was organized in two levels. GCP is focused on securing $8.5 million in funding for the Lakefront Pedestrian Bridge that will connect downtown to the lakefront.

In addition, the following seven projects were also categorized as “Tier 1”, meaning the GCP considers them to be strategic priorities for Greater Cleveland. The amounts listed below were requested by the project sponsors:
  • Bridge to Wendy Park – $1 million for this span that would improve public access to lakefront park.
  • Restoring Irish Town Bend – $4 million to address landslide issues that could be devastating to shipping along the Cuyahoga River.
  • Flats East Bank – $8.1 million to help take the revitalization of the Flats East Bank to the next level by improving public access for pedestrians and motorists.
  • Cleveland Digital Innovation District – $2 million to transform Warehouse District building into mixed use innovation hub for the public and businesses, including start ups.
  • University Hospitals’ Rainbow Center for Women & Children – $1.5 million to establish this facility in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood that would offer community-centered care utilizing preventive interventions.
  • Phase Two of Reconstruction of Cleveland Museum of Natural History – $5 million for project that includes new lobby space, courtyard, research labs and expanded exhibit space.
  • Health Education Campus, Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University – $10 million to help finance facility for future health providers to learn and train in world-class, technologically-advanced environment.
The following three projects were categorized by the GCP to be Tier 2, also considered to be very important initiatives for the region:
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – $2 million to transform the signature Hall of Fame exhibit and theater and create new exhibit spaces.
  • PlayhouseSquare –$4 million for parking garage segment of mixed-use development. Garage, to be operated by Playhouse Square Foundation, would benefit theatergoers, residents and office workers.
  • Salvation Army – $2 million to help meet increased demand for services that includes new facilities Downtown, East Cleveland and in Cleveland’s West Park and Collinwood neighborhoods.
The GCP also referenced nuCLEus – a proposed mixed use high-rise development in downtown Cleveland that would include apartments, a hotel, stores and more - as a notable project.

A GCP member-benefit: Resources to connect diversity
to your bottom line

Resources found in the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s online Best Practices Repository can be downloaded by all employees of Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies.

This month’s featured article is “Diversity Metrics, Measurement, and Evaluation,” part of the repository’s “Getting Started” section on the importance of data in creating and sustaining successful diversity & inclusion initiatives.

We encourage you to visit the repository and download the latest research and thought pieces on how diversity and inclusion strategies can help drive business growth.

Information is drawn from interviews with the Commission’s Best-in-Class winners and those organizations who were strong contenders for the awards. In addition, external resources are listed or linked to and member submissions are welcomed for consideration. Citations are included where available.

Click to visit the repository.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

If your company has yet to join the Commission—which is included as part of your GCP membership investment—now is the time to explore how inclusion can boost your bottom line and competitiveness. Contact Gina Cheverine at 216.592.2261 for more information.

Learn about volunteering during the Republican National Convention

Are you interesting in helping us show off Cleveland and Northeast Ohio during the Republican National Convention? Here’s your chance.

There are a variety of volunteer roles available including airport greeters, hotel greeters, transportation greeters and wayfinders.

Volunteers are responsible for answering visitors’ questions about Cleveland, giving advice on where to visit and what to do, and distribute Host Committee information during Convention Week. Please note that the Host Committee does not offer any volunteer opportunities inside of the arena.

Corporate Volunteering Perks

  • Volunteer apparel package
  • Complimentary hospitality
  • Experience your co-workers in a new & exciting setting
  • Represent both your company and Cleveland as local and national history are made.


All volunteers must:
  • Be enthusiastic & eager to share pride in Cleveland
  • Agree to a background check
  • Participate in a nonpolitical capacity
  • Attend a mandatory training session
  • Work two (four-hour) shifts
For more information, click to download the Volunteer Program flyer.

Help the effort to honor a Cleveland baseball legend

The Cleveland Indians have filed a petition to President Barack Obama, launching a campaign to have All-Star pitcher Bob Feller honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—and the effort needs your help.

The petition requires 100,000 signatures by March 4 to require a response from the White House. As of Friday, Feb. 5, more than 90,000 signatures were still needed.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States and is given "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States; (2) world peace; or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Bob DiBiasio, the Indians’ senior vice president of public affairs, said in a release: "In addition to the incredible and lasting impact Bob made on the Indians organization, we think his meritorious contribution to the security and national interests of the United States makes him worthy of consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

Here’s some background on Feller’s military contributions from

“When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Feller was coming off his sixth season with the Indians. The Hall of Fame right-hander had been an All-Star four years running and was in the prime of his baseball career when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. Feller could have requested a deferment, given that his father was terminally ill with cancer at the time, but the pitcher insisted on serving immediately.

“Feller served aboard the USS Alabama and missed parts of four seasons (1942-45) while aiding the United States' efforts. He earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer and participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. (He) was decorated with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.”

Click to learn more about the petition and how to sign it.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

In this month’s “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter, read about how the automotive industry is helping drive the Northeast Ohio economy, learn more about the region’s thriving chemical industry and why SmarterTravel includes Cleveland among its “14 Places in America You Have to Visit in 2016.”

Click to read more.

Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

Click to subscribe and start sharing our region’s good news with your networks of colleagues, friends and family.

Port of Cleveland challenges Army Corps over dredging

Last week, Cuyahoga County Council held an exploratory hearing on the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) efforts to place potentially harmful Cuyahoga River Sediment into the open waters of Lake Erie.

Port of Cleveland
President & CEO Will Friedman testified before the County Council's Education, Environment and Sustainability Committee, stating that the USACE’s pro-open lake placement campaign “flies in the face of the science and the law, which are clear, and, once again, places at risk the health of Lake Erie and literally thousands of Ohio's jobs."

Friedman also explained to the gathering how the USACE may have intentionally requested a cut to its budget and was now using the cut to justify the need for open lake placement of Cuyahoga River sediment.

Lieutenant Cornel Karl Jansen, attending on behalf of the USACE, told the Council that the Corps might decide not to dredge the Cuyahoga River shipping channel this year if the state or an independent agency like the Port does not pay the extra costs needed to avoid open lake dumping.

When pressed by the Council to explain the USACE’s decision to request a cut to its own budget for dredging Cleveland Harbor this, Lt. Col. Jansen refused to directly answer the question.

The threat to halt dredging jeopardizes the local maritime economy, its $1.8 billion in annual economic activity, nearly 18,000 jobs, and the Port’s growing shipping numbers.

The Port and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which also testified at the hearing, are involved in litigation with the USACE over the issue. Friedman told the Council that the Port may return to federal court soon to pursue other remedies.

Those interested in supporting the Port’s efforts should contact Jade Davis, Port vice president of external affairs at

Voting in the Primary Election: Key dates to know

If you’re planning to vote in the March 15th Primary Election, here are some important dates you need to know:
  • February 16, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline. If you have not registered, have moved, or have changed your name and not yet updated your registration, you must do so by February 16, 2016. Address changes may be made online. However, all other registration updates must be mailed to the Board of Elections.
  • February 17, 2016: Early voting begins. Voters may vote early by mail or in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
  • March 12, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Deadline. Ballot applications will NOT be automatically mailed to voters by the Ohio Secretary of State. Applications must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on March 12, 2016.
  • March 14, 2016: Vote-by-Mail Postmark Deadline. The return envelopes containing marked ballots must either be received in person by the Board of Elections prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, or postmarked no later than March 14, 2016 and received by the Board of Elections no later than 10 days after the election.

Click for more information about these deadlines.

Click to download the Primary Election Voter Guide.