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How diverse is our region?

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has completed the analysis of the results of its 2015 Employers Survey on Diversity™.

The survey, which is completed by Commission member organizations, has provided contextual information on the status of economic diversity and inclusion efforts in our region for 14 years compiling data in four key areas: board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

The 2015 survey was completed by 85 Northeast Ohio employers with a total of close to 160,000 employees.
Click here for a summary.
      Click here for the full survey.

It's real and it feels terrific!

Here at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we join countless others in offering our congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champs!

This victory is sweet—spelling the end of Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.

But you can also look at it another way.

We all know that our professional sports teams are tremendous economic assets. Yes, the names have changed. But the facilities now named Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field were two of the initial catalysts of downtown Cleveland’s multibillion-dollar rebirth. Read more.

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Joe Roman on WTAM

Topics in this month’s conversation with WTAM’s Bill Wills and Greater Cleveland Partnership CEO Joe Roman include:

Memories of former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor, George Voinovich, who died last week and updates on Cleveland’s readiness to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and progress on the Public Square renovation.

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Remembering George Voinovich

By Joe Roman

While no one leader or institution precipitated Cleveland’s decline in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a man who used vision, cooperation and dedication to launch the renaissance and momentum we all feel today in our city.

George Voinovich was a true believer and avid practitioner of the so-called public-private partnership—a vital cooperative effort that he led as mayor in the dismal wake of municipal default.

I met with the former mayor, governor and U.S. senator just two weeks ago. He was, in many ways, my professional mentor and a father of sorts. Whenever I asked him for help, guidance or his opinion, I always received a prompt and thoughtful reply.

During what turned out sadly to be our final conversation, we discussed many things including his career, things he wished he would have had time to do, and his just-completed book. Read more.

Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich (Innerbelt) Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers. While in several elected positions, he was a leader in addressing transportation issues facing our region and country.

Urban neighborhood revitalization continues in Cleveland

Last week, the Wall Street Journal included a story about young, educated, high-earning professionals who are moving to city neighborhoods with a focus on Ohio City in Cleveland.

Click to read the story about how this trend has changed the neighborhood, including a reduction in the office and retail vacancy rate to 2 percent and increased housing values.

Now, the redevelopment is expanding, just beyond Ohio City. Recently, the Board of Cleveland Development Advisors, the GCP’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, approved $12.5 million in financing to support the W25d project, located in the Ohio City Market District Sub-market.
(Image: Map of Ohio City, including the Ohio City Market District)

The $60 million multi-purpose development at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit, is being developed by the Snavely Group. Read more.