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How state efforts are supporting minority business growth

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Jeffrey Johnson, chief of the Minority Business Development Division at Ohio’s Development Services Agency, talks with GCP Vice President of Advocacy Alesha Washington about the state’s outreach activities to support the growth of minority-owned businesses.

Click to watch.

Activity accelerates to legalize medical marijuana

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the acceleration of activity around efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.

Two groups are moving forward to try to get a medical marijuana proposal on the November ballot.

Meanwhile, leaders in the Ohio House of Representatives last week introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana and create a Marijuana Control Commission. Click to watch the video.

Efforts aim at helping Ohio expand its role in the film industry

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-48) discusses the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program with Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President of Government Advocacy Alesha Washington.

Watch the video to learn about proposed changes to the program to make Ohio more competitive in this industry.

Enhancing inclusion through County legislation: Why it matters

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is continuing advocacy efforts on Cuyahoga County’s inclusion legislation.

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Commission on Economic Inclusion Executive Director Brian Hall discusses the legislation and how it relates to broader efforts around community benefit agreements with “Insight” host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper. Click to watch.

Ohio chambers speak out on medical marijuana legislation concerns

The Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition provided testimony last week before the Ohio House Medical Marijuana Task Force about business community concerns and potential issues for employers if medical marijuana is legalized.

The coalition includes the chambers of commerce in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, collectively representing more than 40,000 employers.

Click to read the testimony presented by Coalition Chair Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He also provided task force members with language that should be included in any legislation, ballot initiative, or proposal to protect employers. Click to read the provisions.