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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.

“This is a major and significant step forward for Cleveland as these organizations represent billions of dollars investment over the next 20 years,” said Mayor Jackson. “They will bring more local, minority and female businesses to the table and they will hire more Clevelanders to work on the projects happening in our community.”

The following organizations signed the endorsement:

University Hospitals, represented by Steve Standley, Chief Administrative Officer;
Cleveland Clinic, represented by Bill Peacock, Chief of Operations;
Dominion East Ohio, represented by Scott Miller, Vice President;
Geis Companies, represented by Fred Geis, President
MetroHealth, represented by Dr. Edward Hills, Chief Operating Officer;
The Medical Center Company, represented by Mike Heise, President;
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, represented by Eric Gordon, CEO;
Case Western Reserve University, represented by Stephen Campbell, Vice President;
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, represented by Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director; and
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, represented by Jeffrey Patterson, CEO.

Specifically, these business and organizations will work to comply with workforce reporting on hiring and contracts, promoting Mentor/Protégé relationships, MBE/FBE/SBE Contracting and local workforce hiring; and supporting apprentice and pre-apprenticeship programs. These items represent sections 4, 5 and 6 of the MOU signed on February 26, 2013.

“As we all know, this is about inclusion and it’s about creating jobs, both of which are key components of the GCP and Commission on Economic Inclusion’s economic development agenda,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “Cleveland is experiencing tremendous positive economic momentum and everyone should benefit from it. This historic agreement, which now has the endorsement of several key project owners, provides the framework we need to support the inclusion of local residents and businesses in the city’s construction boom.”

The MOU, signed by the City, organized labor, the business community, local contractors and organizations to help drive investment in Cleveland in a way that creates direct benefits for local residents and businesses, also called for a demand-driven workforce study. Today at the press conference, Brian Hall of GCP’s Commission on Economic Inclusion announced funding for the study has been secured. The City of Cleveland will contribute $25,000 and the Cleveland Foundation will contribute $30,000.

"Economic inclusion is at the core of the Cleveland Foundation's economic development and jobs development strategy, so we are pleased to help fund the study that will guide the workforce training component of this agreement moving forward," said Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President Robert E. Eckardt.

The MOU and community benefits endorsement builds on the work that Mayor Jackson has done over the past decade, including the Fannie Lewis Resident Employment Law, the Cleveland Small Business Program, and Local Producer legislation.


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