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GCP-backed amendment changes population threshold for HB 47 open container exemption

The Greater Cleveland Partnership was successful this week in getting an amendment to HB 47 (Refreshment Areas – Open Container Exemption) that will change the population threshold for the F-8 liquor permit.

Alesha Washington, GCP's Senior Director of Government Advocacy, testified before the Senate State and Local Government Committee on the importance of this change. The F-8 permit allows nonprofit organizations that manage publicly owned spaces to host events, up to nine months out of the year, that serve alcohol.

The population threshold in current law only applies to Hamilton County but with the change, Cuyahoga and Franklin counties also would be eligible to apply. Read more.

Click to read the testimony.

Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics discussed in today’s “Wills and Snyder” interview include how hosting the 2015 Rock Hall inductions demonstrates that Cleveland can pull off a big event as the city preps to host the 2016 RNC and an update the Public Square renovation.

Also, how the Opportunity Corridor and other projects are breathing new life into Cleveland’s neighborhoods and more new flights coming to Hopkins Airport as JetBlue launches service to Boston and Ft. Lauderdale at the end of the month. Click to listen.

Volunteer for True2U: A new mentoring opportunity to strengthen our local talent pipeline

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, a new program—True2U—created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), will launch in the Fall 2015 semester to provide eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

The GCP is the lead business partner for True2U and invites business professionals to volunteer as mentors for the program. Click to get started.