Oct 5

Please read GCP's Statement on Local Hiring:

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion; most notably through the work of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of GCP. Our efforts include creating ways for minorities to more fully participate in and contribute to the benefits of economic development in the region, because we believe a strong and inclusive economy is key to our growth.

While we are disappointed with the Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling on local hiring practices – and the impact that has on the City of Cleveland’s Fannie E. Lewis law – it does not change the fact that vibrant communities are driven by a talented and diverse workforce. The efforts that GCP and the Commission are involved in and leading, respectively – the Community Benefit Agreement/ Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Cleveland and the Construction Diversity and Inclusion collaborative – have been successful in building workforce strategies, apprentice opportunities, minority contracting and local hiring in the construction industry.  These efforts would not have been possible without the collaboration of public, private, labor and workforce partners who are committed to developing a diverse talent pipeline of Cleveland residents prepared for well-paying jobs in our community.

It is for these reasons that GCP remains committed with our member companies to continuing local hiring efforts on major construction projects, which not only fuels economic growth but harnesses that growth to create a more equitable and inclusive local economy.