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Will Congress Reconcile Differences on House/Senate tax packages? 

Following a standoff on the Senate floor Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate approved tax reform legislation early Saturday morning.  

The Senate tax legislation passed despite various concerns over the future impact on the nation’s debt and that the proposal may not provide enough benefits for certain types of businesses and individuals.

Members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) believe a thoughtful, balanced, and competitive tax environment is critical to the success of our economy and that any reforms made must be all-inclusive and benefit all sectors of the business community. GCP members also understand having tools, like the New Market Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit, are crucial to advance economic development in Greater Cleveland.

The Senate’s tax bill would maintain the New Market Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit; a separate House version that passed in mid-November would not. The House tax legislation would cut the corporate rate to 20 percent (effective in tax year 2018) and caps the pass-through business rate at 25 percent. The Senate initiative would cut the corporate rate to 20 percent (effective in tax year 2019) and adopt a 23 percent deduction for pass-through income. 

The House and Senate are expected to go to a conference committee to reach a compromise before the end of the year.  

The GCP continues to represent our members’ interests and advocates for comprehensive federal tax and entitlement program reform.

Cleveland Makes National Geographic's List of Best Cities to Visit

National Geographic recently named Cleveland as one of three cities in the United States to visit in 2018 in its annual Best of the World list. Other destinations featured on the list include: Dublin, Oahu, Vienna and Sydney to name a few. 

More details about the ranking.

Attracting and Retaining Talent Roundtables Featuring Local Employers

Many employers are challenged when it comes to attracting and retaining young talent. Please join us for two upcoming roundtable sessions that will feature local employers and hiring managers who are succeeding at recruiting, retaining and engaging young talent. 

Attracting Millennial Talent:  Can it Be Done in 140 Characters or Less?
Dec. 5, 2017, 8 - 10 a.m.

Talent Launch: 6161 Oak Tree Blvd, Independence

Recruiting and talent attraction used to be as simple as going to a few college career fairs or placing a job opening in the want ads in the local newspaper.  But in the age of the internet and social media, employees and employers have hundreds of ways to connect.  How does a company stand out as a place where a young worker would be happy to start a career?  On Tuesday, December 5th from 8 to 10 a.m., hear from local companies that have mastered the art of connecting with millennials to get the word out about their companies.  Also hear from one younger worker who will share what tools worked to attract him to his company and what other channels create a disconnect. 

The session’s panelists include:   

  • Lyndsey Fortunato, Marketing Manager, Talent Launch
  • Kelly Diamond, Recruiting Program Manager, Hyland
  • Sanket Patel, Director, Client Services, Brandmuscle 

Through the Looking Glass:  Creating a Workplace Culture that Retains Younger Talent
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8 - 10 a.m. 

Heinen’s, 900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Studies show 42% of millennials expect to change jobs at least every 1-3 years (Jobvite).  How does an employer combat the expectation of younger workers of being job “tourists” versus “permanent residents?”  An attractive, engaging workplace culture is key.  Come learn from several employers who have created a culture that is not only retaining younger workers but is earning them high marks on sites like Glass Door where employees rate their companies on things like vacation and benefits, CEO leadership and whether they would recommend the company to a friend.

The session’s panelists include:   

  • Jeff Heinen, Owner, Heinen’s
  • Marzell Brown, Rockwell 
  • Ashley Rivera, Union Home Mortgage 

For questions or to register, please contact Angela Finding at 216-592-2385 or 

Volunteer Opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is looking for volunteers for the Richmond Heights and Garfield Heights Mentoring programs.

Richmond Heights Coding and Mentoring Program (Site Based)
This program serves children in the 5th-8th grade.  Children are students at Richmond Heights Primary and Secondary schools.  Mentoring sessions take place weekly, and are structured, typically lasting on hour and taking place in the school after the school day. Mentoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 2:30pm-4:30pm.  Mentors have the option to come on either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. 

Please contact Parrish Purnell at for more information.

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Garfield Heights Mentoring Program (Site Based and Community Based) 
This program combines both Site Based and Community Based mentoring. The Site Based program caters to children in grades 2nd-5th and is offered during the child’s recess period at his/her school.  Mentoring sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:50am-12:30pm or 12:35pm-1:15pm. Matches get together once a week at the same time/day throughout the school year. During the match’s time together (.5-1 hour, depending on the site), they can eat lunch, do homework, play board games or just hang out. The adult and youth in the Lunch Buddies program DO NOT have contact outside of the school environment.  Community Based Mentoring serves 6th-12th grades. Big and Littles share in everyday activities such as baking cookies, raking leaves, going for a bike ride, or shooting hoops.  During these special outings, Bigs help cultivate relationships that provide their Littles with skills to manage every day challenges. 

Please contact Ashley Pickett at for more information.

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