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Greater Cleveland Civic Connection continues tradition of collaboration

Public-private partnerships have been essential in driving Northeast Ohio’s economic resurgence over the past several decades, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has been an integral facilitator in bringing together the necessary partners for the betterment of the region.

This tradition of collaboration enters a new era in 2016 with the establishment of Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, a program of the GCP that leverages the strength of our region’s business community and the leadership of our public sector to support economic growth through targeted investment in utility and transportation infrastructure.

Civic Connection carries on the legacy of Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC), a preeminent public-private collaborative formed in 1983 at the behest of George V. Voinovich during his tenure as mayor of the City of Cleveland.

Over the course of more than 30 years, BUGC public-sector partners combined to invest more than $12 billion in vital infrastructure systems, including roadways, bridges, transit, ports, and electrical, water, and wastewater utilities—investments that have helped support the catalytic development Greater Cleveland is seeing today.

Strategic collaboration with public-sector partners

Civic Connection continues this imperative mission, with a renewed commitment to strategic collaboration on shared priority projects and issues and a reaffirmed alliance of public-sector partners that includes leadership from:
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
“The infrastructure investments being made by our public partners are critical to sustaining the positive momentum we are experiencing in our region,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Greater Cleveland Civic Connection is positioned to play a valuable role in facilitating communication and collaboration between the private and public sectors to support effective delivery of essential public services to our community and drive economic growth throughout Northeast Ohio.”

Click to learn more about Greater Cleveland Civic Connection, its public-sector partners, and its mission and strategies.

Click to read or download the 2016 Annual Report.