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GCP Names New Executive Director of COSE

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CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced today that Megan Kim has been named the executive director of their small business program, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

“We are thrilled that Megan Kim has accepted the position of executive director,” said John Young, President of Speed Exterminating and Chair of the COSE Board of Advisors, “She has been an integral part of COSE for the last 13 years and will continue to advance the interests of the small business community in her new role.”

Currently Senior Vice President of Membership Development and Marketing at the GCP, Kim has been with the organization since 2005. In this role, she manages overall operations and strategic planning in the areas of membership development and retention, marketing and communications, advertising and sponsorship, and events and program management. In this capacity, she works to ensure the organization brings benefit and value to the GCP’s diverse membership segments ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to middle-market companies and the largest corporations in Northeast Ohio.  She will retain this role and continue reporting to president and CEO, Joe Roman, adding the COSE Executive Director responsibilities to her portfolio.   

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Economic Inclusion Key to Regional Economic Growth

Our region is often recognized by others because of the infrastructure and relationships we have built to improve inclusion – now it’s time to determine how we can use our strengths to both fuel equity and drive economic growth.  


As The Fund for Our Economic Future’s “The Two Tomorrows report illustrates, our region’s economy will never thrive and outperform our past if we don’t close the gaps in employment, income and wealth between whites and people of color.  This isn’t just a local challenge.  The W.W. Kellogg Foundation estimates that the United States could add 8 trillion dollars to GDP by 2050 if these inequities were eliminated. The city of Buffalo projects that “Closing the racial equity gap in income and wealth would mean an additional $12 billion in wealth for area families.”  Cleveland can use its strengths to lead the nation in solving this longstanding crisis.
Doing so is a key component of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s (GCP’s) recent strategic plan and has been a focus of GCP’s Commission on Economic Inclusion since it was founded in 2001.  The Commission engages employers to increase board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity and tracks performance via an annual assessment of nearly 100 of our largest organizations.  Despite these efforts and progress, we, like the rest of the nation, have failed to close the racial economic gap.  We and our partners are poised to seek new and innovative solutions.

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CDA Hits $400 Million Investment Milestone in Northeast Ohio Real Estate Development

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), the real estate financing arm of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, has committed its remaining $16 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation to two projects in two major Northeast Ohio Cities– both of which represent catalytic, collaborative efforts to support major initiatives championed by local public, civic and business community leadership.

“These two Northeast Ohio projects represent capstone developments for the use of the balance of CDA’s New Markets Tax Credit allocation. Glenville Circle North in Cleveland and The Bowery development in Akron are both right down the fairway in terms of meeting CDA’s mission” said Yvette Ittu, President of CDA. “Both projects are extremely catalytic in nature and each are positioned to drive additional growth and have a long-term impact on the character and vitality of their cities and the region. We are very excited to be able to help move these highly impactful developments forward.” 

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GCP Collaborates with Geauga Growth Partnership to Grow Business in Geauga County

GGP Expands efforts to Grow Businesses in Geauga County

Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) holds business growth at the center of its mission and has recently entered into an agreement with Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) that will enhance its ability to provide outreach and services to Geauga businesses.

As a result of this partnership with GCP, GGP will be able to enhance business retention and expansion (BRE) visitation, with the intention of making area businesses aware of programs and services available to help expand operations, address workforce issues, and learn about offerings provided through GGP and JobsOhio.

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GCP Strategic Plan Revealed at Annual Meeting

Greater Cleveland Partnership Reveals Details of Multimillion-Dollar ‘forwardCLE’ Economic Development Campaign

CLEVELAND (May 15, 2018)—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has unveiled details behind its multiyear, multimillion-dollar “forwardCLE” campaign aimed at unlocking the growth potential of Northeast Ohio businesses and continuing the region’s positive economic development momentum.

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2018 Best of Tech Award Winners

Winners Announced in 12th Annual Best of Tech Awards

CLEVELAND (April 20, 2018)—On April 19, more than 220 tech leaders from across Northeast Ohio gathered at the Tenk West Bank to see which companies would be honored at OHTec’s 12th annual Best of Tech Awards, which recognizes the highest performing and most innovative technology companies in Greater Cleveland.

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10 Cleveland Organizations Join Forces to Form the Business Growth Collaborative

10 Cleveland Organizations Join Forces to Form the Business Growth Collaborative, Promoting Inclusive Innovation in the City of ClevelandCollaborative Will Also Share a Minimum of $750K in Funding Over the Next Two Years

CLEVELAND, March 29, 2018 – A coalition of 10 Cleveland organizations have come together under the banner of the Business Growth Collaborative (BGC) to streamline their support for local entrepreneurs and secure an equitable economic future.

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