GCP Recommended Projects Funded in State Capital Bill

The General Assembly unveiled the 2018 state capital bill last week. Companion bills – HB 529 and SB 266 – were released in the Ohio House and Senate Finance Committees. 

The total bill provides $2.63 billion for capital bill appropriations and roughly $150 million for community projects. Cuyahoga County projects received more than $20 million in funding with more than half of that funding going to projects recommended by GCP. Most notably, $2.5 million was secured to continue efforts to stabilize Irishtown Bend, the hillside along the Cuyahoga River.

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2017 Business Development 4th Quarter Update

Northeast Ohio continued to see substantial business and real estate investment in 2017, and GCP and its numerous economic development partners played a significant role in the many expansion and attraction efforts throughout the region. 

The GCP Business Development Team served as a critical partner in 52 business expansion and attraction projects in Cuyahoga County during the year that will result in nearly 7,000 new jobs and over a billion dollars in capital investment.

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2019 Federal Budget Priorities

With the expected release of the Fiscal Year 2019 federal budget today, Marty McGann, GCP’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy, along with Alesha Washington, Vice President of Government Advocacy, sat down to discuss several priorities that the organization will be monitoring in throughout the budget process. 

GCP Member Companies Support Non-Discrimination Bill

This week, GCP along with several member companies and other chambers of commerce testified in support of HB 160 – the Ohio Fairness Act. If passed, the legislation would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes in Ohio’s Civil Rights law. Support for HB 160 follows GCP’s recent endorsement of Ohio Business Competes, a coalition of more than 300 companies that supports statewide non-discrimination policies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. 

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GCP Supports Columbus on Amazon HQ2 Bid

Amazon recently selected 20 finalists for the company's second headquarters. Although Cleveland did not make the list, Columbus is still in the running.

“While we are certainly disappointed that Cleveland was not selected for the second round of the Amazon HQ2 bidding process, the collaboration of the public and private partners to tell Cleveland’s story will generate long-term benefits for all of Northeast Ohio,” said Joe Roman, President and CEO of the GCP. “We are pleased and congratulate Columbus for making it to the second round and are committed to supporting their efforts to land Amazon HQ2 in Ohio.”

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GCP Supports SB 220 Cybersecurity

Members of the GCP have increasingly identified cybersecurity as an emerging issue and significant challenge.  On January 10, Tim Opsitnick (executive vice president & general counsel at Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.) presented verbal testimony, on behalf of the GCP, in support of Senate Bill 220 (SB 220)

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GCP Year in Review and Look Ahead

The Greater Cleveland Partnership provides a unified voice for the Northeast Ohio business community and our policy priorities are driven directly by our members. 

In 2017, a $1.5 trillion federal tax reform package was signed into law and the 132nd Ohio General Assembly introduced more than 700 pieces of legislation. In addition, numerous local initiatives were debated, including several crucial ballot measures that allowed the voters to help determine what the regional landscape will look like in the future.

Learn how the GCP Advocacy Team has helped member organizations in 2017 and the what is on the horizon for 2018.


CEO Forum: Northeast Ohio’s Leaders Recommit to Economic Inclusion

Business leaders play a critical role in ensuring that inclusion is core to workplace culture and to the community at-large. At this year’s annual CEO Forum, Tim Ryan will explain how top corporate leaders are taking on this work through The CEO Action For Diversity & Inclusion™ - the largest ever CEO-driven business commitment to driving equity. We invite you to join us moving the needle forward in Cleveland and leading the charge on inclusion in our community.

Investor Series: The Greater Cleveland Film Commission

GCFCOver 300 productions have filmed in Ohio since 2007, including commercials, documentaries, independent and studio feature films, music videos, public service announcements, photo shoots, television shows, video games, and web series.  As a result, local businesses have enjoyed significant increases in revenue from the media industry. Join us as Ivan Schwarz shares what’s coming next for Cleveland and how local businesses can continue to get involved.

Part 2: Understanding Digital Marketing and Creating Measurable Results for Your Brand

This is part two to the Understanding Digital Marketing Series. In this session, we will learn to think outside of the traditional marketing box by identifying some alternatives that your company may not be thinking about. This session will be led by Marisa Pisani, Director of Marketing Strategy and Automation at Adcom.

Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum

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Register now for the Greater Cleveland Middle Market Forum on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm at Corporate College East. 4400 Richmond RdCleveland, OH 44128 This year's Middle-Market Forum will feature a presentation from the National Center for Middle-Market companies, a keynote presentation, and a variety of panel discussions featuring Middle-Market business leaders.

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Member C-Suite Golf Outing

The Greater Cleveland Partnership will host their annual Member Golf Outing at Kirtland Country Club for C-suite executives and their direct reports on Monday July 23, 2018. Invitations to register your foursome will be mailed soon.

For more information, please contact Reagan Leatherman at or 216.592.2390

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