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2013

Business leaders endorse historic agreement to promote inclusion in construction projects

Cleveland, Ohio—Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson welcomed several business and institution leaders to Cleveland City Hall as they signed an endorsement of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Community Benefits and Inclusion. The endorsement expresses the intent of each organization to make Community Benefits a priority in planning and developing projects.

Infrastructure improvements essential to global economic competitiveness

Cleveland, Ohio – Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today told nearly 300 public and private sector leaders that improving and maintaining the American transportation system is critical to staying competitive in the global marketplace, and that a broad education process is needed to improve awareness of infrastructure needs.

Former GCP Board Chair, GCP receive economic development awards

Cleveland, Ohio--Former Greater Cleveland Partnership Board Chair William F. (Bill) Christopher was honored with the H. Peter Burg Regional Vision Award at the 2013 Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards for his work to enhance the business climate in Northeast Ohio. In addition, GCP—through its Business Development team and the Commission on Economic Inclusion—was among the winners of three Economic Development Plus awards.

GCP Annual Meeting highlights game-changing economic momentum

Cleveland, Ohio--Cleveland’s game-changing economic momentum was highlighted at the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Annual Meeting today, the first public event—attended by more than 1200 business and community leaders—to be held in the new Cleveland Convention Center.

GCP Board elects 15 new directors, re-elects 14 members

Cleveland, Ohio—The Greater Cleveland Partnership today announced the election of 15 new members to its Board of Directors and the re-election of 14 current members at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at the new Cleveland Convention Center.

GCP Board approves measure urging immigration reform

Cleveland, Ohio—The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved a measure that urges federal immigration reform, noting Cleveland’s rich ethnic diversity and the economic benefits that immigrants can generate for Northeast Ohio.

GCP hosts elected officials conference in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.—The Greater Cleveland Partnership Advocacy Department, on behalf of GCP and Cleveland Development Foundation, a GCP program, in conjunction with Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16), hosted the Northeast Ohio Elected Officials Conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17.

Ohio chambers urge state legislature to consider additional budget efficiency measures

Columbus, Ohio –– Ohio’s government would become much more efficient under a carefully researched fiscal reform plan that is supported by business leaders from across the state. Representatives of Ohio’s metropolitan chambers of commerce and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will attend a hearing of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government on Wednesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. to encourage Ohio lawmakers to consider specific recommendations that would substantially reduce government expenses and help to pay for further tax reform.

Cleveland Development Advisors $30M award will spur job-creating projects in Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio—Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has been awarded $30 million in federal tax credits by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. CDA is a real estate and business financing organization that uses private capital and federal tax credits to help fund catalytic projects that promote economic and community development in Cleveland.

Greater Cleveland Partnership urging state leaders to expand Medicaid

Cleveland, Ohio—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and business organizations from across Ohio are calling on state leaders to restore the Medicaid expansion language to the budget bill, which, last week was scrapped by the Ohio House. After engaging its members, GCP announced the organization’s support of Medicaid expansion in January. Governor Kasich included Medicaid expansion in his budget proposal in early February.

GCP applauds passage of transportation budget bill

Cleveland, Ohio—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) applauds the Ohio Senate and Ohio House passage of the transportation budget bill (House Bill 51). GCP is pleased state leaders agreed that a large portion of Turnpike bond funding should be spent in northern Ohio.

GCP transitions services for minority businesses

Cleveland, Ohio—Effective immediately, the Minority Business Accelerator 2.5+ (MBA 2.5) will cease operations and the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s services to minority business enterprises (MBEs) will be delivered through the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Cleveland Business Center, which is also operated by the Commission.

Mayor Jackson, public-private partnership sign MOU to implement historic Community Benefits agreement

Cleveland, Ohio—Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson along with representatives from several key business, civic, labor and trade organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Community Benefits and Inclusion.

This historic public-private agreement will help drive investment in Cleveland in a way that creates direct benefits for local residents and businesses by increasing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship training opportunities, connecting qualified local residents with job opportunities by adopting First Source Hiring, increase utilization of minority, female and locally owned business enterprises as both prime and sub-contractors, and convening a committee to monitor progress of these efforts.