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JetBlue to launch nonstop CLE-Boston flights

Cleveland—JetBlue announced today that it will begin two daily nonstop CLE-Boston flights beginning April 30, 2015.

“This is great news for CLE,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. ”Many thanks to our board members for their involvement in helping to secure Jet Blue as a carrier at Hopkins and to the members of the Air Service Demand Task Force for their leadership in this effort."

As Hopkins air service transitions, opportunities arise for more travel options

Cleveland—With additional service that other airlines—such as Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and Delta—are now offering at Hopkins Airport (CLE), yesterday’s announcement by United Airlines that it will end nonstop flights between Cleveland and Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa is not unexpected.

“This decision is based upon the competitiveness of the industry,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “But this also presents an opportunity to offer an even more diverse range of options for Hopkins travelers. Read more.

Ohio's mid-market businesses grow revenue, create jobs faster than national peers

COLUMBUS, OH – Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the Buckeye State’s 5,000 middle-market businesses say overall company performance improved in the past year.

In fact, 73 percent of C-suite executives say revenue growth increased over the past 12 months at an average rate of 6.8 percent, and 74 percent added employees during the same timeframe at an average rate of 6.3 percent. By comparison, revenue growth is consistent with national middle-market trends (6.6 percent), while employment growth is nearly double (3.2 percent).

Cleveland Orchestra, GCP and City of Cleveland seek nominations for 12th annual Community Service Awards

CLEVELAND--The Cleveland Orchestra, in cooperation with the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, through the Commission on Economic Inclusion, is currently accepting nominations for the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, which will be presented at the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 7 p.m.

The submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 5. Click for the awards criteria and nomination form.

$6B in Greater Cleveland construction activity creating job opportunities, challenges diverse workers

Cleveland—A study commissioned by a public-private partnership working to increase participation by diverse and City of Cleveland residents in Greater Cleveland construction projects has found significant long-term job opportunities based on $6.2 billion in planned projects.

However, there is also a workforce gap that is creating challenges to fill those jobs. Click to read more about the study's key findings and how those challenges can be addressed.

Attempt to repeal Common Core a step backward for Ohio and its children

Chambers testify today against HB 597, Common Core repeal bill

COLUMBUS – Repealing Common Core is a misguided effort that would damage educational efforts to prepare our children for a highly complex, ultra-competitive future, according to business leaders from across the state.

Joe Roman, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) – the largest chamber of commerce in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation – today testified against House Bill 597 – which would eliminate the learning standards.

GCP names new senior vice president for government advocacy

Cleveland—Marty McGann was named today as the new senior vice president of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. McGann is succeeding Carol Caruso, who has announced her retirement.

McGann was hired by Caruso and has reported to her as GCP’s vice president of state and local government advocacy since February 2011.Caruso will remain at the GCP in an advisory role for several months.

Cleveland neighborhood advocate named Opportunity Corridor project director

Cleveland, Ohio – Long-time community leader Marie Kittredge will serve as project director for the Opportunity Corridor project, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today.

Kittredge will be the civic liaison for the Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee, overseeing and coordinating all activities including infrastructure construction as well as community and economic development activity.

A huge win for the Great Lakes: GCP lauds passage of landmark water resources reform legislation by U.S. House

Cleveland, Ohio—Passage today by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) is a major step toward ensuring long-term protection of, and support for, the nation’s water infrastructure network, especially the Great Lakes.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership led a local and regional effort to draft and pass sections of the precursor Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill, which became the renamed and reauthorized conference report, WRRDA, one of the most policy- and reform-focused measures of its kind in the last two decades.

Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) (photo left) was instrumental in drafting the bill, working for its passage in the House, and in the negotiations within the Conference Committee.  

GCP, Medical Mutual collaborate on health plan solution for middle-market companies

Cleveland, Ohio—A new collaboration between the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and Medical Mutual to provide a cost-effective, consumer-driven health plan solution for Northeast Ohio companies with 50-500 employees was announced today at the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum.

“The Middle Marketplace” gives employees the power of choice by utilizing a defined contribution approach to benefit selection.

Ohio voters support energy efficiency but agree government should not mandate electric-use reductions

Polling data supports call for reforms by hundreds of Ohio’s leading employers, business groups and labor

Columbus, Ohio—Ohioans for Sustainable Jobs, a coalition of Ohio job creators, business organizations - including the Greater Cleveland Partnership - and labor groups, today released the results of a public opinion poll finding that a majority of Ohio voters agree that the government should not mandate reductions in electric use by residential and business customers.

In light of changing circumstances since the pre-recession mandate was passed, 72 percent of voters agree that the Ohio legislature should revisit and change the existing law.

GCP Annual Meeting outlines 2014 priorities, highlights 10-year accomplishments

Governor Kasich delivers keynote address

Cleveland, Ohio—Continued focus on redesigning and revitalizing Public Square and working to ensure that Hopkins Airport provides nonstop and convenient service to major business and leisure destinations are among the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2014 priorities highlighted at the organization’s Annual Meeting today. Read more.

GCP applauds state for supporting lakefront priorities

Cleveland, Ohio—State leaders today introduced Ohio’s state capital bill legislation that assists a wide range of projects that include providing better public access to Cleveland’s lakefront.

More than $30 million was included for economic development and arts projects in the Cleveland area, including $5 million for the Cleveland Lakefront Access Project and $3.5 million for Flats Riverfront Park.

GCP Board selects new Chair

Cleveland, Ohio -- The Greater Cleveland Partnership Board of Directors today elected KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney to a two-year term as Board Chair. She succeeds Christopher Connor, chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company, in this role.

 “I am continually impressed with how the private sector in Cleveland comes together to build a stronger community,” said Mooney. “The Greater Cleveland Partnership is the engine that drives our partnership and is critical to helping our region’s economy grow.”

Marketing Cleveland goes global

Cleveland Plus region featured in United’s in-flight magazine worldwide
Unveiling to be held tomorrow at Global Center for Health Innovation

Cleveland, Ohio—All passengers flying United Airlines’ “friendly skies” in February 2014 will have the opportunity to learn why the Cleveland Plus region is a great place in which to live, work and invest.

Dossier Cleveland, a 56-page supplement in United’s monthly Hemispheres magazine, will be onboard each of United’s 5,300 daily flights to more than 360 airports across six continents. The airline serves more than 11 million passengers each month.

More than 250 Northeast Ohio business and community leaders will gather for the celebratory unveiling of the publication on Thursday, January 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

GCP urges state to contribute to Cleveland's momentum

Nine local projects recommended for State Capital Bill funding that would trigger $210 million in improvements and help transform lakefront

Cleveland, Ohio—The first state capital budget containing “community projects” in six years is an opportunity to build upon Greater Cleveland’s efforts to grow and transform the local economy.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending nine capital improvement projects for state funding.  Many of those projects are waterfront initiatives, such as improving public lakefront access in Cleveland, Euclid and Lakewood.