Nov 5

Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), in collaboration with Cuyahoga County's Department of Development and Ohio Means Jobs |Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, received the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Silver Award in the category of Innovation Programs and Initiatives at the organization’s 2020 Annual Conference.

The three economic development partners engage with thousands of businesses annually providing a wide range of services to facilitate economic growth in the region. The partners developed an aligned referral tracking system to improve the management of referral activity and improve monitoring and reporting of outcomes in the form of job placements and resources deployed on behalf of businesses in the region.

“We have a long history of working collaboratively to improve the business, employment and general economic climate of the region” said Debra Janik, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Business Development for GCP.  “The referral system will continue to expand and incorporate more partner agencies that provide products and value-added services to the business community.”

The partners established an Operational Committee that meets to review and respond to service referrals, creating efficiencies to better assist businesses of all sizes and industries. The result is an environment that fosters job growth/retention and will add to the tax base as businesses leverage available programs.

“On behalf of the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, we are thrilled with this recognition and proud to be part of this collaborative effort that is focused on helping Cuyahoga County’s businesses grow,” said Ted Carter, Cuyahoga County Chief Economic Development and Business Officer. “Through this partnership, we are able to provide integrated business\talent services to identify and respond to business needs.”

The partners will work together to continuously improve service offerings to businesses, increase the quality and quantity of referrals and increase accountability through improved communication and tracking within the economic development ecosystem.

“This partnership brings us together to identify demonstrated effective strategies that meet employers’ workforce needs,” said Frank Brickner, Interim Executive Director of OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County.  “We realize increased efficiencies sharing our business intelligence.”


About Greater Cleveland Partnership

With more than 12,000 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the nation.  GCP is focused on driving the economic vitality of our region through building a strong and thriving climate for the broad business community, including small businesses, middle-market companies and large corporations.

About Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County is focused on Economic growth and Opportunity, Fairness and Equity and a Government That Gets Results. We believe that we can create and support a vibrant and prosperous region where everyone thrives and all things are possible. For more information on Cuyahoga County please visit Follow us on social media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: and sign up for our newsletter:

About Ohio Means Jobs – Cuyahoga County

OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC) is a collaborative workforce system of the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County that helps local employers meet their human capital needs and assists job seekers to find success.  OMJ|CC assists area businesses with their hiring and training needs in order to stay competitive in today’s environment and to provide residents of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County with the tools necessary for a competitive and successful job search.  Its programs and services include education, occupational training, job match and search assistance and employment-related youth programs funded through the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).


About International Economic Development Council


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers.  With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.  Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.