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GCP urges appropriate dredging of Cuyahoga River

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided testimony on SB 333, the water quality mid-biennium review bill currently moving through the legislature.

The bill continues efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state, including strengthening requirements for disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities.

The GCP long has been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favor SB 333 to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River. The river is an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland.

“Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River provide significant social and economic benefit to our region and the State of Ohio,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy in written testimony.

“Ensuring the Cuyahoga River is dredged appropriately and that dredged material is disposed of properly are critical to maintaining the economic strength of the industries that rely on these shipping channels.”

SB 333 is currently being heard in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The GCP will continue to monitor and support the bill throughout the legislation process.

Click to read the full testimony.

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Recent court ruling continues taxing of out-of-state
online retailers

In mid-November, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled remote sellers—those with no physical presence in our state—will still be subject to the Ohio Department of Taxation imposing the commercial activity tax (CAT) on companies that sell services or products to Ohioans.

The CAT, which has been collected in Ohio for a little over 10 years, is levied for “the privilege of doing business in Ohio.” It applies to any taxpayer having substantial nexus with Ohio.

The court’s ruling is noteworthy for in-state Greater Cleveland Partnership members leading up to next year’s state budget talks because tax challenges will need to be addressed in the upcoming state budget and it will require continued GCP engagement.

For example, a federal requirement, which will no longer allow Ohio to levy a sales tax on Medicaid-managed care organizations, will result in lost sales tax revenue that could impact GCP priorities and services that our state and the region rely on.

In addition, the overall tax revenue coming in the first quarter of the fiscal year has been down; tax receipts last month were reportedly 5 percent lower than expectations, and total state revenue was more than 2 percent below projections.

The bottom line today: Ohio will still have the ability to legally pursue companies that make sales to Ohio customers and they will need to pay the CAT, even if they have no physical presence here.

Taxpayers will have 90 days from the date the Court issues its mandate to decide whether to seek a discretionary review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Welcome, new GCP members

We’re pleased to welcome these companies and organizations that recently joined the ranks of Greater Cleveland Partnership Investors. Click the links below to learn more about them.

Business professionals needed for mock interviews with CMSD 11th graders; two dates available

As part of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s college and career readiness work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland (AoC) schools, we are helping to identify business professionals who are interested in conducting mock interviews with a small group of 11th graders.

The interviews will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 10: 30 a.m. at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 East 30th Street, and on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Washington Park Environmental Studies, 3875 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105.

The purpose is to help prepare the students for real-life job interviews by acting as the interviewer and providing constructive feedback to the students.

Please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com with questions or to volunteer. You may select one date or volunteer at both schools. Please indicate your preference when confirming your participation.

The Academies of Cleveland initiative is a new approach to college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Max S. Hayes, and Washington Park Environmental Studies.

Each school focuses on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community. The AoC schools work to ensure that young people are prepared to learn for a lifetime, thrive in tomorrow’s dynamic workplaces, and contribute to Cleveland’s economic and civic prosperity.

GCP helping to connect employers and students through job-shadowing experiences

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is helping to connect Northeast Ohio employers with prep2practice™, an online tool powered by The Center for Health Affairs that matches students with real-life job shadowing experiences in several occupations. They include:
  • Healthcare
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Creative industries and more
This system provides a centralized online location for students, schools and businesses to work collaboratively to create and coordinate prep2practice experiences. Click here to see how it works.

Prep2practice benefits Northeast Ohio in several ways including:
  • Businesses discover their future workforce by expanding their reach.
  • Schools make the connection with local businesses to help students find their future career.
  • Students discover the possibilities of their future through real-life job shadowing experiences.
Are you a business or school interested in prep2practice? Do you know a student who may be interested in a prep2practice experience?

To get started, please contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com.

Help develop the future manufacturing workforce

The WIRE-Net youth workforce team is looking for manufacturing companies to provide internship opportunities for qualified welding, machining, and manufacturing design (CADD) students from Max S. Hayes High School.

Internships can be a winning workforce recruitment strategy by providing a short-term work experience that potentially leads to long-term employment.

While each internship is flexible based on company and student needs, most internships share these common characteristics:
  • Liability insurance for students participating in an internship will be covered by Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Students have approximately 360 classroom hours in their career pathway by the time they reach their senior year and have continuously reviewed safety protocols.
  • Internships begin in mid-January and last through the month of April.
  • Interns work in the afternoon for approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Employers determine the rate of pay, but it must be at least minimum wage.
  • A company sponsor is assigned to mentor the intern while on-site.
  • At least one review session will occur among the student, teacher, and company mentor.
More information can be found here.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email Brianna Schultz, WIREnet’s director of Youth Programs at Brianna@wire-net.org.

Learn how you can help advance the business community’s priorities

With the support of more than 8,000 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership works to ensure that the perspectives and needs of the business community are well-represented in this work.

In addition, by being part of the GCP, business leaders from across the region are connected to many pivotal projects and initiatives that are shaping and sustaining metro Cleveland’s positive economic momentum.

Advancing our agenda requires the engagement and involvement of our member companies, our Board, their executive teams and general staff.

Click here to view or download our Membership Engagement brochure and learn more about the opportunities for our members to become involved in advancing the Northeast Ohio business community’s priorities.

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Brynn Popa, the GCP’s vice president of business and community engagement at bpopa@gcpartnership.com.