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Cleveland Council Passes Petition Transparency Proposal


GCP members have expressed concerns over parts of the process in place for petitioners to place an issue on the local ballot. After all, even well-intended ballot issue proposals and campaigns can severely limit the way businesses can strengthen and grow.    

To help shine more transparency on Cleveland ballot issues that are brought forward, City Council introduced and passed a proposal last week that would make it mandatory for circulators of petitions to file an itemized statement that provides more information on that individual’s petition circulation experience. The Cleveland legislation largely mirrors current Ohio Revised Code  which, for example, says information should be provided that includes the time spent and salaries earned while circulating or soliciting signatures to petitions. The overall statement is to be open to public inspection for a period of one year.  

“GCP believes the signature collection process to put an issue on the ballot requires examination to avoid the potential for costly changes to municipal ordinance or charter,” said Joe Roman president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. “This legislation is a step in the right direction; it provides the public more information and context, which the voters can ultimately use to evaluate the merits of any given issue and better understand who is behind it.”

The realization of this issue was particularly evident last year when petition efforts (with out-of-state origins) attempted to impose a part-time workers’ mandate and a Cleveland-only minimum wage on our city. Those specific issues would have placed Cleveland at a disadvantage, hindered job creation, and the overall momentum the City of Cleveland is now experiencing.

GCP Business Development Third Quarter Update

Thanks to the efforts of the GCP Business Development team and their multiple regional economic development partners, Cuyahoga County saw a net increase of nearly 3,400 jobs and retained almost 3,000 additional jobs through the first three quarters of 2017. 

More details can be found in the GCP Business Development 3rd Quarter Update.
Thanks to the efforts of the GCP Business Development team and their multiple regional economic development partners, Cuyahoga County saw a net increase of nearly 3,400 jobs and retained almost 3,000 additional jobs through the first three quarters of 2017. 

More details can be found in the GCP Business Development 3rd Quarter Update.Thanks to the efforts of the GCP Business Development team and their multiple regional economic development partners, Cuyahoga County saw a net increase of nearly 3,400 jobs and retained almost 3,000 additional jobs through the first three quarters of 2017. 

More details can be found in the GCP Business Development 3rd Quarter Update.

Federal Tax Reform in the Spotlight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to overhaul the tax code.  Relatively shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a separate tax plan - on a party-line vote of 14-12 - sending their measure to the full Senate. 

The Senate version would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most individuals purchase health insurance, while the House legislation is silent on the issue. See how the two tax packages differ.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) believe a thoughtful, balanced, and competitive tax environment is critical to the success of our economy and that any reforms made must be all-inclusive and benefit all sectors of the business community. GCP members also understand having tools, like the New Market Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit, are crucial to advance economic development in Greater Cleveland.

The final results are far from a finished product.  If the Senate is able to pass a bill, the House and Senate are expected to go to a conference committee to reach a compromise.  

The GCP will continue to represent our members’ interests throughout the debate and advocate for comprehensive federal tax and entitlement program reform.

Attracting and Retaining Talent Roundtables Featuring Local Employers

Many employers are challenged when it comes to attracting and retaining young talent. Please join us for two upcoming roundtable sessions that will feature local employers and hiring managers who are succeeding at recruiting, retaining and engaging young talent. 

Attracting Millennial Talent:  Can it Be Done in 140 Characters or Less?
Dec. 5, 2017, 8 - 10 a.m.

Talent Launch: 6161 Oak Tree Blvd, Independence

Recruiting and talent attraction used to be as simple as going to a few college career fairs or placing a job opening in the want ads in the local newspaper.  But in the age of the internet and social media, employees and employers have hundreds of ways to connect.  How does a company stand out as a place where a young worker would be happy to start a career?  On Tuesday, December 5th from 8 to 10 a.m., hear from local companies that have mastered the art of connecting with millennials to get the word out about their companies.  Also hear from one younger worker who will share what tools worked to attract him to his company and what other channels create a disconnect. 

The session’s panelists include:   

  • Lyndsey Fortunato, Marketing Manager, Talent Launch
  • Kelly Diamond, Recruiting Program Manager, Hyland
  • Sanket Patel, Director, Client Services, Brandmuscle 

Through the Looking Glass:  Creating a Workplace Culture that Retains Younger Talent
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8 - 10 a.m. 

Heinen’s, 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Studies show 42% of millennials expect to change jobs at least every 1-3 years (Jobvite). https://blog.accessperks.com/millennial-employee-engagement-loyalty-statistics-the-ultimate-collection  How does an employer combat the expectation of younger workers of being job “tourists” versus “permanent residents?”  An attractive, engaging workplace culture is key.  Come learn from several employers who have created a culture that is not only retaining younger workers but is earning them high marks on sites like Glass Door where employees rate their companies on things like vacation and benefits, CEO leadership and whether they would recommend the company to a friend.

The session’s panelists include:   
  • Jeff Heinen, Owner, Heinen’s
  • Marzell Brown, Rockwell 
  • Ashley Rivera, Union Home Mortgage 

For questions or to register, please contact Angela Finding at 216-592-2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com. 

Federal tax reform in the spotlight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to overhaul the tax code.  Relatively shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a separate tax plan - on a party-line vote of 14-12 - sending their measure to the full Senate.

The Senate version would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most individuals purchase health insurance, while the House legislation is silent on the issue.  Click here to see how the two tax packages differ.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) believe a thoughtful, balanced, and competitive tax environment is critical to the success of our economy and that any reforms made must be all-inclusive and benefit all sectors of the business community.  GCP members also understand having tools, like the New Market Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit, are crucial to advance economic development in Greater Cleveland.

The final results are far from a finished product.  If the Senate is able to pass a bill, the House and Senate are expected to go to a conference committee to reach a compromise. 

The GCP will continue to represent our members’ interests throughout the debate and advocate for comprehensive federal tax and entitlement program reform.