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The importance of strengthening the education continuum

In this week's  “GCP Insight” interview, Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Director of Advocacy Alesha Washington talks with Ohio House Minority Leader State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-39) about the value and importance of education.

The discussion includes the impact that education has on the lives of young people starting with early childhood through post-secondary studies. Click to watch.

GCP comments support County efforts to boost inclusion on construction projects

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, recently provided public comment on Cuyahoga County’s proposed legislation to increase opportunities for small and minority-owned firms to do more work with the County.

The legislation was introduced by County Executive Armond Budish on February 9 and is a response to the most recent economic disparity study conducted by the County. The study found significant under-utilization of minority and female-owned firms for County construction projects.

Four pieces of legislation were introduced. The County Administration also introduced a resolution, passed by County Council last week, that would make the County an endorser of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Community Benefit Agreements on major construction projects.

Click to read the public comment.

Speaking out to protect our Great Lake

Greater Cleveland Partnership Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann discusses the importance of dredging the Cuyahoga River on a regular basis.

He also comments on why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ position to dump the sediment into Lake Erie is bad for businesses, water quality and other environmental factors. Click to watch the video.

GCP seeks Ohio Congressional Delegation support for minority business assistance funding

With the five-year federal funding of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and its centers around the country including Cleveland ending this year, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation to support the proposal for renewal funding through FY 2021.

The letter from GCP President and CEO Joe Roman follows up on a visit in 2014 by representatives from the GCP and the MBDA Business Center Cleveland to the offices of the Delegation where they discussed the services, successes, and value of the Center for the state of Ohio.

In its first five years of operation, the Cleveland Center helped Ohio MBEs obtain over $101 million in contracts and $21 million in capital awards and was responsible for creating 844 jobs. Click to read the letter.