Innovation. Collaboration. Leadership. Impact. Inclusion.
These principles have long been built into the fiber of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s DNA over our 15 year history. Our organization has always been focused on the priority issues and initiatives that excel our region forward. Today, we represent 12,000 companies across eight counties in Northeast Ohio from a small entrepreneur to middle-market firms and the largest corporations in Greater Cleveland. We are the largest chamber of commerce in the country and we have a strong track record of taking on game changing projects that have propelled this region forward. That work has brought us to where we are today. There is an energy, an excitement and a drive to continue to build Cleveland. Economic Development issues are being discussed in new ways and with new approaches throughout the region and GCP and its members are in the middle of all the discussions. We have experienced new pathways to education, growth in start-ups, significant investment in infrastructure, advances in addressing workforce challenges, and a focus on developing neighborhoods – a chance to re-invest across the city. The coming together of the business community will be integral in ensuring this region continues to move in a positive direction. And that’s what the GCP’s Forward CLE Strategic Plan and our 2019 Annual Meeting are all about. Our theme is innovation. Innovating thinking, innovative strategies, and innovative leaders will be key in ensuring that Cleveland continues to make positive strides toward being a strong economic epicenter where businesses thrive and people are proud to call this region, home.
If anyone knows about being bold, cutting edge, and progressive, it’s NASA. Thus, we are proud to welcome NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as the keynote speaker for the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Jim was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018. Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. After transitioning from active duty to the U.S. Navy Reserve, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.
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