See What We Do
Leveraging private and public-sector dollars, the Greater Cleveland Partnership supports collaborative and linchpin efforts to boost the economic vitality of the Cleveland Plus region. We are Northeast Ohio’s premier economic development organization as well as the leading business advocacy organization in our community.
By mobilizing leadership, expertise and resources, we are actively involved in conversations and support legislation that generate attractive and sustainable business conditions.
We represent the collective voice of more than 8,000 members, serving as a catalyst for progress and focusing our resources to support priorities that include advocacy, business growth and development, physical development, economic inclusion and, education and workforce development.
By unifying our allies and revitalizing relationships with our chamber counterparts around Ohio and in the Great Lakes states, GCP strengthens the business community’s voice to empower its members and other economic development stakeholders. These collaborations are focused on initiatives that will:
- Improve Ohio’s budgeting process
- Protect the Great Lakes
- Support NASA Glenn
- Prioritize infrastructure projects
- Advance education reform
Learn more about these and other initiatives by visiting our Advocacy page.
Business & Economic Development
Connecting Greater Cleveland companies to the resources, support and capital they need to grow their operations is the No. 1 priority for the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Business Development Team.
We operate active business outreach programs meeting regularly with our local businesses and working to attract new companies to Greater Cleveland.
Physical Development: Cleveland Development Advisors
We are transforming the face of the Cleveland Plus region by investing in catalytic projects through Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), our real estate and business development finance affiliate.
Since 1989, CDA has invested more than $320 million in 120 projects in Greater Cleveland that have resulted in 5,300 new housing units and 6 million square feet of commercial space.
These projects have generated $2.9 billion of total development.
Physical Development: Infrastructure
Greater Cleveland Civic Connection serves as a forum for public- and private-sector leadership to engage and collaborate on infrastructure projects and issues of critical importance to the economic climate of Northeast Ohio.
Its roots trace back to the early 1980s, when Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich authorized the formation of a public-private partnership with the goal of maximizing investment in the region’s critical utility and transportation networks.
After more than 30 years of challenges and success stories, this partnership continues with a refined strategy and renewed commitment. Leveraging the strength of Northeast Ohio’s business community and the leadership of its public sector, Greater Cleveland Civic Connection will continue to provide the forum for collaboration to help drive economic growth for years to come.
Economic Inclusion & Minority Business Development
The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, serves as a catalyst for advancing economic inclusion in the Northeast Ohio business community. Our key objective is to achieve demonstrated successes that lead to positive, measurable outcomes including:
- Increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among our members that include Northeast Ohio public-sector entities, private-sector companies and nonprofit organizations;
- Increases in the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses. Click to learn more about the Commission and its services to develop minority-owned businesses by visiting our Minority Business Development page.
Education and Workforce Development
A renewed and reinvigorated public-private partnership is helping support the development of an educational systems to prepare our students for highly skilled jobs in technology and science.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership is committed to working with its partners in the public and private sectors to ensure that Northeast Ohio creates, attracts and retains a 21-century workforce.
Accelerating Middle-Market Progress
With the support of our Middle-Market Steering Committee, we have been building and growing our Middle-Market initiative over the last five years to include events and programming, content and information, and experiences specifically designed with the needs and interests of middle-market companies in mind.
We remain focused on sparking ideas and providing connections to support these companies' growth strategies.
OHTec, a technology industry advocate and support resource within the Greater Cleveland Partnership, focuses on building relationships and a strong technology industry within Northeast Ohio.
As a voice for the technology community, OHTec’s goal is to ensure a high level of engagement among the companies and individuals in the industry.