Mar 13

A message to the Greater Cleveland Partnership community regarding upcoming events and our response to COVID-19:


In an effort to protect the safety and wellness of our members, our staff and our community, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is currently in the process of rescheduling, postponing and, in some cases, canceling upcoming events in response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. 


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) current risk assessment and information from both local and global public health officials calls for limiting meetings of large groups, increasing social distancing measures and careful consideration of non-essential travel, particularly for those at a higher risk of infection.


As you know, these recommendations have had a broad impact across our community—including the cancellation of the 44th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, the postponement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony and the cancellation of Tuesday’s Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time in more than a century.


Many of our peer organizations are also canceling major events in alignment with the governor’s directive of banning gatherings of more than 100 people.


We have made an organization-wide decision to cancel and/or reschedule GCP events taking place over the next 45 days, including our Tech Week programs and our COSE Day at the Capitol. Beyond that point, we will continue evaluating the situation and make decisions about other upcoming events on a case-by-case basis. Details and updates will be communicated to you in the coming days, weeks and months.


We take very seriously our commitment to the health and well-being of our members, staff and their families. Doing what we can to protect our community is our priority, and your understanding of these precautions is appreciated. 


For those of you seeking more information, a state call center to answer questions regarding COVID-19 is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) and up-to-date information is also available 24/7 at


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also created a toolkit of resources for chambers and businesses on how they can prepare and address the impacts of the ongoing outbreak.


Finally, we know this issue is likely to impact many businesses in our membership. We stand ready to work as your advocate with federal, state and local officials regarding regulations, economic stimulus, and/or the government response to the virus. Reach out to us if you think we can be of help.


In health and partnership,


Joe Roman

President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership