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GCP supports income tax issue that will benefit those who live, work in Cleveland

Opposes separate initiatives that would threaten jobs in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors has voted to support efforts to improve services for those living and working in Cleveland and to create a safer and more attractive city for frequent visitors through a ballot initiative that will raise the income tax by 0.50 percent.

The tax would help to grow and develop Cleveland neighborhoods by giving the city the ability to increase services on multiple levels.

The business community also remains focused on efforts that responsibly raise skills and wages. Therefore, the GCP has endorsed 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.

Alternatively, the GCP is opposing two separate issues – a Cleveland-only minimum wage increase and a Cleveland-only part-time workers’ initiative - that will hinder job creation, business growth and the overall momentum the City of Cleveland is now experiencing. Read more.

More than diversity training: Confronting hidden bias in the workplace

Cleveland—Unconscious biases are part of our everyday lives. From a business perspective, these attitudes influence hiring and promotion decisions and more; yet, traditional approaches to diversity training don’t address this issue.

And that’s a problem. Research has shown that unconscious biases are detrimental to a company’s bottom line and can impede an organization’s ability to achieve its objectives.

If these attitudes start forming when we’re as young as six years old, what’s the answer to this dilemma? What can employers do?

Greater Cleveland human resources and diversity professionals will hear Diana Cruz Solash, director, EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness, talk about what her organization is doing to interrupt bias at the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Eighth Annual Inclusion Conference on Wednesday, August 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. Read more.