As the new U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly begin to convene, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) released its 2021 – 2022 Public Policy Agenda, an important roadmap to guide the organization’s advocacy work. The member-driven policy agenda comes on the heels of substantial feedback from the business community and in the wake of a pandemic and its subsequent economic repercussions.
As the nation’s largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation, GCP advocates on behalf of more than 12,000 member organizations. Its priorities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop and safeguard policies that support business retention and expansion, improve minority business development programs, and reduce the complexity of regulatory compliance.
- Revitalize development around existing transit hubs and advocate funding multimodal transit that better connects residents to jobs, goods, and services.
- Partner with government and the private sector to incentivize innovative, affordable access to high-speed broadband in digitally divided neighborhoods.
- Advocate for workforce development policies that expand exposure, networks, and a foot in the door to a new field, especially a first job, internship, or apprenticeship.
- Promote shared service models between municipalities and government agencies to create clear pathways to economic development and high-quality public services.
Eric Schnur, President and CEO of The Lubrizol Corporation and GCP Board Chair stated, “The release of this policy agenda comes during a crucial time for our region. Our efforts to advance these priorities is underway and this agenda will serve as an important framework moving forward. GCP will continue advocating for positive, impactful and inclusive policy reforms in all aspects of its work.”
“Over the course of the last year, nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. GCP members of all sizes and industries were impacted, whether it was to pivot their business models, shutter their doors for a time, or even close for good,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO of NexGen Interactive and COSE Board Chair. “This agenda refocuses the priorities that will help create the right environment for businesses to grow, while also centering broader issues and investments that will advance an equitable recovery in our region.”