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Vote “Yes” on Issue 32

During this election season, Clevelanders understand just how crucial the passage of Issue 32 is to the future of our region.

If Issue 32 does not win approval from the voters, the Cleveland Police Department, for example, recently cited that it will not be able to hire officers the City needs. Cleveland is faced with a budget deficit going into 2017 and if the gap is not filled, Clevelanders will be forced to suffer through the consequences.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors became convinced of the importance of Issue 32 and formally supported the proposal because it would give our city the ability to enhance services, grow and develop our neighborhoods, and it will lessen the impact of other revenue cuts recently imposed on Cleveland.

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Issue 108 will continue CMSD’s progress

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a "YES" vote on Issue 108, a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Levy funds will provide four more years of financial support for The Cleveland Plan, Mayor Frank Jackson's blueprint for positively transforming the delivery and impact of education for Cleveland’s K-12 students. The levy is vital to continue progress achieved through the plan's implementation. This includes:
  • Enrolling more 4-year-olds in quality preschool
  • Increasing classroom computers and technology
  • Recruiting and retaining excellent teachers and principals
  • Bringing quality schools to every neighborhood
  • Preparing students for jobs, college and life
Learn more about Issue 108 by visiting the levy campaign’s website.

GCP urges resolution of CMSD issues to support
Cleveland’s children

The Greater Cleveland Partnership reiterates its support of “The Cleveland Plan,” which is improving the educational experience and outcomes in Cleveland classrooms, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the 15 mill property tax renewal levy on the November 8th ballot.

This support continues despite the recent Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) vote to reject the tentative contract that was negotiated between the District and the union leadership, said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“The District and CTU have worked together in the best interest of our kids in the past,” said Roman. “We know that, at this important juncture in the implementation of the Plan, they can do it again by working to find a solution in support of Cleveland’s children.

Notwithstanding state indicators, the positive impact of The Cleveland Plan has been significant and it is beginning to reverse declines decades in the making.

“The graduation rate is up, reading and math scores are improving, the college remediation rate is going down and student enrollment is growing in the district, “said Roman. “And there is now meaningful collaboration with high-performing charter schools in our community that share in a small portion of District levy proceeds.

Beyond the schools, The Cleveland Plan served as a turning point for our city and continues to be a key driver in the City’s renaissance we now enjoy. This again proves that public-private partnerships work and a coalition of supporters can help overcome obstacles.

“This model of collaboration served us well,” noted Roman, “in the RNC, Public Square, Opportunity Corridor and countless other initiatives.” 

Port of Cleveland receives over $180,000 in infrastructure grants

The Board of Directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Port of Cleveland) last week approved acceptance of grants totaling over $180,000 to advance three critical infrastructure projects.

Supporting security, sediment management, and planning for the stabilization of Irish Town Bend (above photo), the grants demonstrate widespread support for the Port’s strategic infrastructure investments.

The Port applied for, and was awarded, a 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) grant through the Department of Homeland Security. The grant totals $74,250, and the Port will provide $24,750 in matching funds. While federal security grant requirements prohibit the disclosure of the exact nature of the improvements, the grant will be used to better secure and limit access to the Port.

The Port also secured a $26,250 grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission Fund to support an engineering evaluation of adding cross vanes to the Port’s existing bed load harvester.

The harvester is a device placed upstream in the Cuyahoga River to passively collect sediment that otherwise must be dredged to maintain commercial shipping depth. The sediment also is collected before entering historically contaminated sections of the riverbed, allowing the material to be sold for general purposes in the market.

If successful, adding cross vanes would increase capacity for collecting sediment and further reduce the need for dredging.

Projects include stabilizing Irish Town Bend

The Port's Board also accepted an $80,000 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative grant (TLCI) from NOACA for planning efforts to stabilize and re-envision Irish Town Bend (above photo), a hillside with a 40-year history of threatening a collapse into the Cuyahoga River.

The Port partnered with Ohio City Inc. (OCI) to successfully seek the grant to help plan for stabilizing the site while also better connecting it to the Ohio City neighborhood and potentially creating a new public asset such as a park.

The Port and OCI will each contribute an additional $10,000 to the $1000,000 project budget, and hope to engage professionals on the work soon.

“The Port of Cleveland is grateful to all of our partners for this generous grants, which we will put to good use,” said Will Friedman, Port President and CEO. “The Port continues to lead on critical infrastructure projects that make our regional economy more competitive, keep our waters safe and clean, and create long term assets for our community.”

For more information on the Port, please contact Jade Davis, the Port’s vice president of external affairs, at