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GCP opposes HB 180 and SB 152

GCP asks General Assembly to vote “no” on bills, which interfere with home rule

Cleveland, Ohio – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Commission on Economic Inclusion joined the City of Cleveland in opposing two bills in the Ohio legislature that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.

House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152 would prohibit local governments from requiring contractors to employ a given number of residents within a geographic area for construction or improvement projects.

In a letter to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman said the proposed legislation threatens the successful Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) in place throughout Northeast Ohio. CBAs are important tools for regional and local governments to ensure that public expenditures result in real community gains, such as an inclusive workforce, apprentice opportunities, minority contracting and local hiring. Read more.

GCP endorses renewal of existing cigarette tax for arts and culture

Cleveland, Ohio - The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors voted to support passage of a November ballot issue calling for the renewal of an existing cigarette tax in Cuyahoga County that generates support for arts and culture.

The renewal would extend for 10 years the current tax of 1.5 cents per cigarette sold in Cuyahoga County. The ballot issue is not a tax increase.

The tax generates more than $15 million annually. Since its inception in 2006, tax proceeds have been used to invest more than $125 million in 300 arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County.

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GCP highlights economic progress spurred by public-private partnerships

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Cleveland, Ohio—Optimism about Cleveland’s future is well-grounded in reality and results, even while challenges remain.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Annual Meeting today highlighted many of the successes that have added to the community’s positive momentum as well as the work that’s yet to be done for sustainable economic progress.

GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, noted that the city is moving forward propelled by a strong collaboration among stakeholders in the private and public sectors.

Said Mooney: “I’ve been very impressed with what seems to me to be a rising tide of involvement and enthusiasm, not just from the GCP’s more than 10,000 members, but from across our local spectrum—the business community, the political community, the philanthropic community and the public at large.”

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$50M federal award to CDA to spur economic growth in city by attracting private investment

CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s renaissance got a $50 million federal infusion that will be leveraged to help develop new projects in the city estimated to be valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

The award of federal New Market Tax Credits to Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA) – an affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership – is an invaluable leveraging tool in advancing the city’s revitalization.

The tax credits are often used to fill financing gaps but also attract large amounts of private investment. CDA had previously been awarded a total of $105 million from this program that has been used to spur more than $660 million in investment in Cleveland.