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2015

Pushing back against proposed NASA Glenn budget cuts

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President Marty McGann talks about NASA Glenn’s significant economic impact—about $1.2 billion annually—on Greater Cleveland and why the organization is pushing back on the proposed $60 million cut in NASA Glenn’s budget.

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Seeking state support for Public Square

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, learn about the accelerated time line for the $50 million Public Square renovation project and the recent $3.5 million request to the State of Ohio to help close a small funding gap.

GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann points out that the project is 90 percent funded. Click to watch.

Business community input helps shape Cuyahoga County budget proposal; priorities include workforce training

Earlier this month, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish released his executive budget proposal, a roughly $2.9 billion two-year spending plan for operating the largest county budget in the state.

Yvette Ittu, the GCP’s executive vice president for finance and operations, recently served on a county budget task force to help officials examine the current year budget and to take initial steps in the development of the next budget proposal.

Executive Budish indicated a need to address an operating deficit and limited debt capacity. Priorities include workforce training and investment in high-quality pre-K education. Read more.

Our positions on November 3rd ballot issues

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the organization’s position on four ballot issues.

The ”GCP Insight” video series, hosted by Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner, focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community. Click here to watch.

Speaking out against legalizing marijuana


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was joined by Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman and Shaker Heights Police Chief Scott Lee at a press conference today to urge a NO vote on Issue 3, the marijuana legalization ballot issue.

DeWine discussed a three-day fact-finding trip he took to Colorado to learn about the impact of marijuana legalization on the state. Read more.

Be informed about November 3rd ballot issues


The Greater Cleveland Partnership is providing online information for employers to share with employees about issues that will be on the November 3rd ballot. In addition to our position on the above issues, we are urging a "YES" vote on Issue 2, which would protect the constitutional amendment initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit. Read more.

Legislation supports strategies to improve performance of Ohio’s charter schools

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video interview, Alesha Washington, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior director of government advocacy, discusses statewide charter school reform legislation that’s pending in the Ohio Assembly.

Learn more about next steps and how the legislation supports a goal of The Cleveland Plan to grow the number of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland. Click to watch.

How supporting home rule can create jobs for Cleveland residents

In a special “GCP Insight” video interview, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-21) discusses her opposition to and concerns with two bills in the Ohio Assembly that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.

In Cleveland, the mandate requires that 20 percent of the workforce on large construction projects are city residents. Click to watch.

Congressional reauthorization of EB-5 investment program important to Cleveland

Steve Strnisha, CEO of the Cleveland International Fund (CiF), discusses how CiF investments through the EB-5 program have been essential in moving several catalytic Cleveland projects forward and in creating about 12,000 jobs.

Strnisha says congressional reauthorization of EB-5 is essential for CiF's continued support of projects that are helping change the face of Cleveland. The current three-year authorization ends Sept. 30.

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Public investment in arts and culture pays huge economic dividends

The GCP is backing passage of the November 3rd ballot issue calling for the 10-year renewal of the current 1.5 cents tax per cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County to support arts and cultural organizations.

Our arts and cultural organizations not only improve the educational performance of our schoolchildren, they also pay substantial economic dividends including employing nearly 9,000 people and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic activity. Read more.

Learn more about why we’re opposing marijuana legalization in Ohio

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses why the organization is opposing the ResponsibleOhio effort to legalize marijuana use in the State of Ohio.

He explains that, following a lengthy review, the GCP concluded the proposal to permit marijuana use for both recreational and medical purposes could negatively impact workplaces and burden small businesses.
Click to watch.

Why the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy needs your support

Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses the importance of the Cuyahoga County arts and culture renewal levy and why the organization supports it.

The ballot issue calls for the 10-year continuation of the 30 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, which, over the past nine years, has provided about $125 million for 300 Greater Cleveland arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. Click to watch.

Ohio House, Senate approve state budget with personal income tax cut

Last week, the Ohio House and Senate approved the state budget and sent it to Governor Kasich for his signature. The budget spending plan maintains a 6.3 percent across-the-board personal income tax cut, further reduces taxes on small businesses, and eliminates earlier proposals to raise/expand the sales tax and Commercial Activities Tax.

“We are pleased with the General Assembly’s work on the tax reform plan in the state budget,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “We are grateful that we were able to work in partnership with our elected leaders to ensure Ohio’s tax plan keeps Ohio competitive and primed for further economic growth.” Read more.

Ohio’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is essential to economic development


The Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Development Advisors and several metro chambers from across the state have joined in opposition to proposed changes to the Historic Preservation Tax Credit that was unveiled in the Senate version of the state operating budget late last week.

The proposed change would have suspended the tax credit program for 2016 and 2017 and converted it into a grant program in 2018.

“This tax credit is a critical tool in advancing redevelopment projects throughout the City of Cleveland,“ said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “The proposed changes would have a devastating effect on the current and future development momentum in our region.”

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GCP, Ohio metro chamber partners voice support for state historic rehabilitation tax credit program

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and seven other Ohio metro chambers have submitted a joint letter to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee expressing concerns “with the proposed changes in HB 64 regarding the Ohio Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program (Sec. 149.311 (D)(8)).

“This tax credit has been a vital tool in supporting economic development and revitalization efforts across the State of Ohio. We fear that the proposed changes will hamper this work.”

Click to read the letter.

Ohio Senate releases its state operating budget

The Ohio Senate today unveiled its version of the state operating budget. The Greater Cleveland Partnership has closely monitored several key issues including tax reform, education, and health care.


Major highlights include a net income tax cut of $1.7 billion over the biennium without raising or expanding the sales tax or increasing the Commercial Activities Tax rate. The budget also eliminates income taxes on all small businesses up to $250,000 and increases the cigarette tax per pack by 40 cents.

Click for the budget overview and GCP's priorities.

Protecting commerce on Cleveland's waterfront

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sat down with GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann to talk about two topics of interest to the organization and its members:

The Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to dredge the Cuyahoga River and deposit the materials in Lake Erie and blighted properties in the City of Cleveland that threaten neighborhood stability, safety and investment. Click to watch.

Learn the latest on proposed state tax reform

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview on state tax reform, Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, provides an update on Ohio House and Ohio Senate actions on Governor Kasich’s FY 2016-2017 budget proposal.


The Governor’s proposal, which calls for a reduction in personal income tax, also included expansion of the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) and the sales tax.  Click to watch the video.

Governor Kasich signs S.B.1 to protect Lake Erie and Ohio’s water quality

Governor Kasich has signed SB 1 into law—a bill that aims to restrict agricultural practices known to contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms.

Specially, the law sets limits for fertilizer application in Lake Erie’s western basin, increases phosphorus monitoring at wastewater treatment facilities and restricts open lake disposal of dredge material.

The GCP closely monitored the development of this legislation and supports the final version passed by the General Assembly. Read more.


    GCP applauds passage of compromise water quality bill

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds the Ohio General Assembly for passing legislation to address water quality issues in Lake Erie. The compromise bill, SB 1, will restrict agricultural practices known to contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms.

    This legislative effort comes in response to last summer’s crisis when algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie left the City of Toledo without drinking water for several days. Read more.

    GCP urges immediate action to improve Lake Erie's water quality

    This week’s segment of the “GCP Insight” video series examines actions needed to address water-quality challenges facing Lake Erie, arguably Cleveland’s greatest asset.

    Learn how GCP is urging timely post-winter dredging of the lake by the Army Corps of Engineers and about action needed in Columbus to find a compromise between two pieces of legislation passed by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Click to watch.


    Chambers coalition visits Congress to advocate for Great Lakes states’ priorities

    In this week’s segment of the “GCP Insight” video series, Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president of advocacy, provides an update on the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition’s recent series of meetings in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress and staff from Great Lakes states.

    The discussions focused on the Coalition’s three top priorities: immigration reform, transportation and infrastructure and energy. Click to watch.

    Our priorities to support Cleveland’s economic renaissance: Part 2

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2015/2016 Public Policy Agenda, released last month, lays out the organization’s two-year government advocacy priorities to support continuation of metro Cleveland’s economic renaissance.

    In the second of a two-part “GCP Insight” interview, Marty McGann, GCP’s senior vice president of government advocacy, discusses additional topics highlighted in the publication. Click to watch the video.

    Click to view or download the Public Policy Agenda.

    GCP releases new Public Policy Agenda; outlines government advocacy issues for next two years

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) today released its new Public Policy Agenda that outlines areas where it will focus its attention on current and developing issues at the local, state and federal levels during the next two years.

    The GCP drafts a new Public Policy Agenda at the beginning of each new congressional and state General Assembly cycle. The document, which has been months in the making, details a diverse list of objectives and areas of focus that share the common goal of growing Greater Cleveland’s economy. Click to read or download.

    Our 2015 federal advocacy hot issues: Immigration, tax reform and the ACA

    The “GCP Insight” video series kicks off the year with a preview of Congressional legislative issues that impact Greater Cleveland Partnership priorities.

    GCP Vice President of Advocacy Nick Gattozzi talks with “Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, about some of policies and legislation we’ll be tracking over the coming weeks and months. Click here or on the image to watch.