ForwardCLE: Greater Cleveland Partnership Strategic Plan 2018-21

Over the last two years, leadership and staff have worked to lay a foundation for changes in our work and to address the need to generate greater financial capacity.

As part of the strategic plan, ForwardCLE, the GCP’s mission is to mobilize private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. This work is supported by an integrated public policy agenda and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in each initiative. 

Capitalizing on our momentum requires continued focus on leadership priorities and opportunities critical to economic success:

Leadership Priorities

  • The Talent Imperative: Better connect employers to the right solutions and more aggressively address the region's most critical talent gaps.

  • The Business Resource Portal: Leverage knowledge and relationships to connect more companies and entrepreneurs with available resources to create the right solutions for their business; and focus on the growth of existing companies located in Northeast Ohio to grow the region.
  • Places with Impact: Drive investment, development, and business support to targeted neighborhoods and communities.


CEO Perspectives: Leverage the strength of the business community’s leadership to drive action and investment in key areas designed to position the region for continued and new growth opportunities.

Unlock Growth: Better understand areas of opportunity, improvement and need in order to drive catalytic change to advance the region’s competitive edge for business.


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