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Joe Roman on WTAM

Click the links below to listen Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman's interviews on WTAM's "Wills & Snyder" with host Bill Wills.

You'll hear updates on GCP priorities and other economic development news including important ballot issues, Opportunity Corridor, working with other stakeholders to improve education outcomes and promote career readiness in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, air service at Hopkins International Airport, and what federal and state tax reform could mean for business growth and job creation in Northeast Ohio and across the state.


  • December 14, 2018:

  • November 15, 2018:  Hear about major events to be held in Cleveland, including the MLB and NBA All-Star Games, Blockland Cleveland and others. Also on the lineup for this week’s talk was the 2018 election results and Amazon’s investment in NYC, as well as the impact of medical marijuana use on Ohio’s businesses, why Icelandair’s acquisition of Wow Air is beneficial to Cleveland, and much more.

  • October 11, 2018:  Hear the latest on the Cleveland's work to position itself on the cutting-edge of Blockchain, the need to build more downtown housing and the many positive things happening in the CLE.

  • September 20, 2018: Find out what's new with Blockchain and the GCP Strategic Plan, Forward CLE

  • August 15, 2018:  Hear the latest on Amazon’s presence in Greater Cleveland, the collaboration between GCP's Cleveland Development Advisors and Akron on the city’s Bowery redevelopment project, the effort to assist RTA in increasing public transit options and filling job hubs across Greater Cleveland, and Cleveland Hopkins’ improved numbers when it comes to direct destinations and frequency of flights.

  • July 26, 2018: Find out the latest from increased passenger growth at the airport to new developments in Ohio City. And, of course, the Indians. 

  • June 14, 2018: What is Lebron's impact on the city? Find out that and more.

  • May 3, 2018: Hear what's hot in the CLE. Cleveland continues to show increased passenger travel at the airport with non-stop flights to new destinations. The Cavs and the Indians continue their winning streak.

  • April 12, 2018: The weekend of April 13th will be one of the busiest yet with the Cavs, Indians and Rock Hall Induction Ceremony. Learn more about the impact of these events and the latest news on the Q Transformation, Playhouse Square and Opportunity Zones.

  • March 22, 2018: From the airport to Playhouse Square to growth in the craft beer industry, Cleveland continues to be an economic engine.
  • February 8, 2018: Hear the latest on the Q Transformation, redistricting and job creation in Cleveland.
  • January 11, 2018: Find out the latest news on expansion, talent and job creation in Cleveland.


  • December 13, 2017: The momentum in Cleveland continues to grow. Find out the latest on neighborhood expansion and tax credit.
  • November 9, 2017: Find out the latest news in Cleveland including a recap of election results, Amazon H2Q, Progressive expansion and tax reform.
  • October 19, 2017:  The Amazon HQ2 bid is in. Hear what that means for Cleveland's growth potential. 
  • September 28, 2017: The Plain Dealer Editorial Board suggests Burke Lakefront Airport site for Amazon Headquarters. Hear how that could impact the city.
  • September 21, 2017: Cleveland confirms bid on Amazon's second headquarters. Find out what this could mean for the city.
  • August 23, 2017: Listen to find out what the new direct flight from Hopkins International to Iceland means for our city and the Greater Cleveland business community.
  • August 10, 2017: Find out about what’s happening with plans to renovate The Q; how Governor Kasich’s signing of the water quality bill is an important win for the region; how recognition of the economic impact that NASA Glenn has on the city and state is becoming more widespread and more.
  • August 4, 2017: Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention resulted in up to $188.4 million of economic benefit to Northeast Ohio. Find out about the other long-term outcomes that included changing the narrative about Cleveland and demonstrating that the city can successfully host a convention of any size.
  • July 13, 2017: Topics in this month’s conversation include the ongoing positive economic momentum generated by job and residential growth in downtown Cleveland and the importance of ensuring that other Cleveland neighborhoods experience that same kind of investment. Also, ongoing efforts at the state and federal levels to ensure that funding is provided to improve and maintain water quality of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. Click to listen.
  • June 15, 2017: In this month's conversation: The four areas of focus in the new GCP strategic plan including workforce development, driving business connectivity and supporting business growth; key items in the state budget currently under discussion in the Ohio General Assembly that impact business competitiveness; why renovating The Q is vitally important to continuing the growth of downtown Cleveland's hospitality industry and more.
  • May 18,2017: Topics include a recap of recent trip to Israel by Cleveland business leaders, meetings this week in Washington, D.C. with local government leaders and business community representatives and Northeast Ohio elected officials and members of their staff and the GCP's work to help transforming neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland.
  • April 13, 2017: Hear about what’s happening with the state budget, the boom in the number of residents living in downtown Cleveland (reaching 15,000 this summer), actions by the county and city to fund the proposed renovation of Quicken Loans Arena and more.
  • March 16, 2017: Learn about the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition’s recent presentation of its priorities in Washington, D.C., why it’s important to invest in improvements to Quicken Loans Arena, and more.
  • February 16, 2017: The conversation includes a discussion about provisions in Governor Kasich’s proposed budget, such as tax reform, and the business community’s even stronger interest in what could happen with tax reform at the federal level.
  • January 19, 2017: Topics include the new state budget and the GCP’s work to gain support to continue the region’s positive economic momentum; how the addition of more nonstop routes at Hopkins International Airport is a response to the strong market demand in our city; and the importance of protecting key assets such as NASA Glenn and our Great Lakes.


  • December 16, 2016: Find out about some of the key priorities the GCP will focus on in 2017.
  • November 8, 2016: A reminder about the importance of passing Issue 32, a 0.5 percent increase and Issue 108 to allow the City to protect city services and continue academic improvement.(Voters approved both issues.)
  • October 13, 2016: Why the GCP is urging a “YES” vote on the Cleveland schools levy renewal and the city income tax increase; the importance of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and teachers reaching a contract agreement; the boost to downtown from the Indians’ success in the postseason playoffs; projects that are encouraging investment in Cleveland neighborhoods and more.
  • September 8, 2016: Learn more about the indicators of Cleveland's progress and growth and what is needed to keep the positive economic momentum moving forward.
  • August 29, 2016: Get the details on why the GCP is supporting two upcoming ballot issues: an increase in the City of Cleveland’s income tax—which has not been raised in almost 30 years—and the four-year renewal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s 15-mill operating levy.
  • August 18, 2016:  How Cleveland has proven its ability to host mega-events after the success of the 2016 Republican National Convention; why the GCP opposes any form of Cleveland-only minimum wage hike; concerns over a possible Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers’ strike and more.
  • July 27, 2016: The Republican National Convention takeaway for the city and its residents: Cleveland delivered! GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with WTAM’s Bill Snyder about the extremely positive feedback from delegates, visitors and the media about their experience here last week and more.
  • July 7, 2016: Learn about how the many investments made to help Cleveland get ready to host the 2016 Republican Convention, including renovations at Hopkins Airport and the re-designed Public Square, will continue to pay dividends for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio for months and years to come after the big event.
  • June 16, 2016: This month’s conversation includes memories of former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor, George Voinovich, who died last week, an update on Cleveland’s readiness for the 2016 Republican National Convention, progress on the Public Square renovation and the GCP’s position on two ballot issues.
  • May 11, 2016: This month’s conversation includes perspectives on why saving the PlayhouseSquare theaters in the 1970s was so critical to the revitalization of downtown Cleveland; contributions of NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) to the region’s economy and how you can be part of the GRC 75th anniversary celebration; and medical marijuana legislation that’s moving through the Ohio Assembly.
  • April 14, 2016: Listen and learn about Greater Cleveland projects included in the state capital budget released last week, how the Greater Cleveland Partnership is ramping up its support of middle-market companies, new nonstop flights starting at Hopkins Airport and more.
  • March 28, 2016: Topics include why the NASA Glenn Research Center remains a top priority for the GCP and how hosting the Republican National Convention will give Cleveland the opportunity to tell the story about its economic development progress to a global audience and more.
  • February 16, 2016: Topics in this month’s “Wills & Snyder” conversation include our state funding recommendations for game-changing Greater Cleveland projects, Cuyahoga County’s new legislation to increase use of women- and minority-owned businesses, and supporting the effort to award Indians legend Bob Feller with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • January 20, 2016: How developers are continuing to invest in the renaissance of downtown Cleveland, good news for Hopkins Airport travelers, positive trends in brain gain and Cleveland public high school graduation rates and more.


  • December11, 2015: Learn the latest on efforts to maintain NASA Glenn funding; securing the last part of dollars needed for the Public Square renovation; briefing the media on covering the 2016 Republican National Convention—our city and region; upcoming ballot issues in 2016 and more.
  • November 24, 2015: Get an update on construction projects including the Public Square renovation, I-90 Inner Belt bridge and Hopkins Airport, which are all on schedule and will be completed in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention in July; more exciting news about development in downtown Cleveland, this time in the Warehouse District; and looking ahead to 2016 ballot issues.
  • October 8, 2015: How private investment and development are changing the dynamic of our waterfront; the GCP’s position on Issues 2 and 3 regarding marijuana legalization in Ohio and why it’s important that voters understand the specifics of the ballot language, how the business community is engaging with Cleveland schools to promote career readiness and more.
  • September 10, 2015: Topics include: Increases in passenger traffic and capacity at Hopkins Airport; new weekday shuttle service between Burke Lakefront Airport and Cincinnati; progress in preparations to host the 2016 Republican National Convention; and the launch of True2You, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 Cleveland Metropolitan School District eighth-graders.
  • July 23, 2015: Topics include the launch of Nestle’s $50M R&D center in Solon, how hosting the first Republican presidential candidate debate on August 6 is a test run for the 2016 RNC progress on the renovation of Public Square and GCP’s support of the Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture levy, which will be on the November ballot.
  • June 25, 2015: Possible intrigue at the 2016 RNC if no candidate finishes the presidential primaries with enough delegates to secure the nomination; renewing the Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture levy that supports both our world-renowned and locally focused institutions; the marijuana legalization ballot issue that will go before Ohio voters in November and more.
  • May 13, 2015: Why GCP is hosting a forum on May 21st about proposed marijuana legalization in Ohio, the business community’s concerns about tax reform proposed in the state budget, our new internship initiative and more.
  • April 22, 2015: How hosting the 2015 Rock Hall inductions demonstrates that Cleveland can pull off a big event as the city preps to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, an update the Public Square renovation and more.
  • March 25, 2015: Why the GCP and other Ohio metro chambers have concerns with the Governor’s proposed biennial budget; how Cleveland can leverage the positive economic impact of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention; what the new pedestrian bridge to Lake Erie will mean for lakefront development and more.
  • February 23, 2015: Find out about the latest on 2016 Republican National Convention preparations, air service at Hopkins, NASA Glenn funding, Opportunity Corridor and more.
  • January 26, 2015: Updates on preparations for the 2016 Republican National Convention and the second Inner Belt Bridge project, revving up business development support for our region's companies, progress toward reforming public education in the City of Cleveland and more.


  • December 8, 2014: The work of NASA Glenn and its involvement with last week's Orion launch, the latest on getting ready to showcase Cleveland to the world via the 2016 RNC; moving forward with the Opportunity Corridor project and its potential to attract investment to 350+acres in adjacent neighborhoods.
  • November 12, 2014: Next steps for Cleveland schools following voter approval of the capital levy, the positive region-wide economic impact the 2016 RNC will bring, continuing economic development in the City of Cleveland and more. 

  • October 21, 2014: The latest on getting ready for the 2016 RNC and the redesign of Public Square, changes ahead at Progressive Field to enhance the fan experience and the importance of passing the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Tri-C levies.
  • September 8, 2014:  Getting ready for the 2016 RNC; Tri-C and Cleveland schools levies on the November ballot and more.
  • July 15, 2014: Topics include how the city won the 2016 RNC -- “We sold the real Cleveland” -- and how the return of LeBron James to the Cavs will help spur even more investment in downtown Cleveland. 
  • July 9, 2014: Winning the 2016 RNC was 12 to 15 years in the making. GCP President Joe Roman discusses why Cleveland was chosen.
  • June 26, 2014: 2016 RNC: It’s Cleveland or Dallas. GCP President and CEO Joe Roman discussed next steps.
  • May 20, 2014: What the passage of the “sin tax” means long term, downtown Cleveland continues it resurgence with three new hotels to support activity at the new Convention Center, pending news on the RNC’s site selection process, new routes added at Hopkins Airport, the importance of continued support for NASA Glenn and more.
  • May 7, 2014: Observations on voters’ approval of Issue 7, the "sin tax" that extends the small tax on cigarettes and alcohol for the next 15-20 years to protect benefits from the public’s investment in the public-owned sports facilities in Cuyahoga County.
  • May 5, 2014: How Cleveland presented itself during the Republican National Convention site selection committee's recent technical visit and more.
  • April 3, 2014: Highlights from GCP’s Annual Meeting: A new look for downtown Cleveland’s Public Square and moving ahead with a pedestrian bridge to the lakefront; also, what’s ahead to host the Republican National Convention site selection committee’s technical visit.
  • March 17, 2014: Get to know the facts about Issue 7 and why voters should renew Cuyahoga County's pennies-per-purchase tax on alcohol and cigarettes to main Cleveland's pro sports facilities, which are owned by the public.
  • February 18, 2014: The campaign kickoff in support of renewing Cuyahoga County's tax on alcohol and cigarettes to maintain Cleveland's pro sports facilities. 
  • February 3, 2014: The impact of United's decision to close its hub at Hopkins Airport. He notes that “United Airlines does not define Cleveland. We do.”

  • January 7, 2014: The importance of extending the "sin tax" to maintain Cleveland's professional sports facilities.


  • August 27, 2013: Why we must invest in roads and bridges for continued economic growth.
  • July 30, 2013: Funding for Opportunity Corridor, continuing Cleveland's positive momentum
  • June 5, 2013: Medical Mart and Convention Center opening ahead of schedule and on budget.
  • April 22, 2013: Positive trends in the Northeast Ohio economy and ongoing changes that are reinvigorating downtown Cleveland
  • February 14, 2013: The role chambers of commerce can play in understanding Governor Kasich's budget proposal.