Jan 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

GCP Members Recommend 2019 – 2020 Advocacy Priorities

Non-partisan Public Policy Agenda Released in Sequence with

U.S. Congressional, Ohio General Assembly Cycles


CLEVELAND, January 31, 2019 – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) released its non-partisan 2019 – 2020 Public Policy Agenda today, a guide that outlines the top policy priorities of its members for the next two years.

The latest installment of the GCP Public Policy Agenda reflects shared issues that are of greatest importance to more than 11,000 diverse GCP organizations – made up of
global corporations to middle-market companies to local entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Greater Cleveland. 

As the business community’s primary private economic development platform, GCP launched the ForwardCLE Strategic Plan in 2018.  In order to succeed, Forward CLE must be adequately supported by an integrated, aggressive GCP Public Policy Advocacy Agenda – constructed by and for our members – and it will adapt as needed.

Our sheer numbers offer all GCP members the chance to have a powerful, collective voice,” said Scott Chaikin, Executive Chairman of Dix & Eaton and Chair of GCP’s Board of Directors.  “It is our members non-partisan, tested, savvy views and experiences that build trust with policymakers – translating into meaningful advocacy results for the advancement of our region.”

GCP releases a member-driven public policy agenda every two years, sequenced with new U.S. Congressional and Ohio General Assembly cycles.  Growth and innovation is the theme of the GCP agenda and it will require a continued focus on fundamental priorities:

1.) An Adaptable Government & Public Sector

2.) A Sustainable & Predictable Tax & Regulatory Environment

3.) Talent Development & Retention to Advance Business Growth 

Forging an inclusive and equitable region will continue to be a critical part of the initiatives GCP engages in throughout each overarching category. 

GCP President and CEO Joe Roman stated, “In unveiling the 2019 – 2020 GCP Public Policy Agenda, this document identifies barriers and proposes some familiar and some less familiar solutions in support of the business community and their employees to bolster weak links and allow for a burgeoning economy.  A commitment to diversity is a necessary, fundamental part of each initiative.”

Some of the signature policy positions include:

  • Protect and renew the Ohio Third Frontier program and more closely align it with JobsOhio.
  • Restore state general revenue funding for public transit.
  • Expand the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) with proper legislative oversight.
  • Create a statewide Opportunity Zone to compliment the federal program in underserved communities.
  • Support the scale and growth of industry sector partnerships.
  • Review the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) programs for necessary legislative and regulatory reforms.
  • Preserve Ohio’s CyberOhio Advisory Board and enhance technology industry support services and resources.


Click here to view the full 2019 – 2020 GCP Public Policy Agenda. 

Sarah Johnson
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