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CDA plays key financing role in transformational
Ohio City project

Financing for the $60 million Ohio City project known as w25d has closed and construction is officially underway.

Cleveland Development Advisors
(CDA), the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s real estate and business development finance affiliate, provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and $2.5 million in financing.

The project, involving both new construction and historic renovation, will bring 194 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of commercial space to this key intersection.

Upon completion, valuable goods and services will be available to the neighborhood through a grocer specializing in locally-sourced and fresh foods, a co-working facility to provide low-cost access to office facilities and business resources, and a complement of neighborhood restaurants and retailers.

In addition, The Music Settlement will open a second location to operate high-quality programs providing early childhood education, music education and music therapy services.

This transformational project will create a vibrant connection between Ohio City, Hinge Town, Gordon Square Arts District, and downtown Cleveland is expected to attract additional private investment.

Read more about the project in these stories from and Crain’s Cleveland Business.

The importance of the GCP PAC as Election Day nears

We are about a month away from Election Day, and early voting in Ohio begins on Wednesday, October 12.

In addition to voting, there are several ways you can ensure your individual voice and the voice of the business community are heard throughout the political process. But no tool may be more useful than having the ability to collectively pool our resources to provide our members with the means for concerted political action.

The dollars contributed through the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Political Action Committee are specifically used to provide support for state and local governmental leaders campaigning for election who share your interests.

Click to read more in our latest blog post.  

Support continuing improvement for Cleveland students

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging a “YES” vote on Issue 108, a four-year renewal of the 15-mill operating levy that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with 1 mill set aside for partnering with high-quality charter schools.

Levy funds will provide four more years of financial support for The Cleveland Plan, Mayor Frank Jackson's blueprint for positively transforming the delivery and impact of education for Cleveland’s K-12 students.

Click for more information about the levy, how its funds will be used, gains that the CMSD is making, as well as links to the campaign website.

You can show your support for continuing the progress and improvement of the CMSD with a “YES” vote for Issue 108 in the November 8th General Election.

How to be a well-informed voter

Before you vote in the November 8th General Election, be sure that you have the information you need to make the most informed decisions on judicial candidates.

We invite you to visit, a collaborative effort of four bar associations, that develops rankings on Cuyahoga County trial courts and Ohio Supreme Court candidates based on written questionnaires, in-person interviews, and reviews of writing samples.

The Judge4Yourself panel, comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyer, focuses on whether the candidates who are running will be competent, fair and trustworthy judges. Importance is placed on each candidate’s integrity, knowledge, experience, diligence, and community understanding, as well as their ability to be impartial, even-tempered and respectful to people who come to court.

Click to visit the Judge4Yourself website to see the rankings and to access candidate photos and short biographies, as well as descriptions of the work of the courts where the candidates seek office.

Are you election ready?

Are you ready to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8? Here are key dates to remember:

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Voter registration deadline

Voter Registration Cards are available by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683), at public libraries and on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) website.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Early voting begins at the BOE, 2925 Euclid Avenue.

Vote by Mail ballot applications are available on the BOE website, by calling the Board of Elections at 216.443.VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.

Click to find out about early voting hours
at the BOE.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Mailed ballot applications must be received by the BOE by 12:00 noon.

Monday, Nov. 7: Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before this date.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

Get your positive news about what’s happening in the Cleveland Plus region in this month’s issue of “Pass the Plus.”

For starters, find out how affordable it is to do business in Northeast Ohio. According to Moody Analytics, the cost—which includes labor, energy, state and local taxes, and office rental—is 10 percent lower than the national average.
  • Click to subscribe and start sharing our region’s good news with your networks of colleagues, friends and family.
“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Plus and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.

CMSD Board application deadline extended

The deadline to submit an application to serve on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education has been extended to Friday, November 4, 2016.This appointment is for an unexpired term ending June 30, 2019.

Anyone who is a resident of the CMSD can be appointed to the Board.

Applications are available in English and Spanish on the CMSD and City of Cleveland websites. Hard copies are available at the city’s recreation centers and Cleveland Public Library branches.

Applications must be completed, signed and returned via mail or in person to:

Nominating Panel
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Attention: Monyka Price