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Common Sense Initiative: 2018 Mid-Year Report

Created in 2011, the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) was designed by the Governor and empowered the people to ask questions: Are Ohio regulations effectively protecting the public? Are they unintentionally strangling Ohio job development? Were the people being regulated asked about their concerns? 
CSI recently released its 2018 Mid-Year Report highlighting its work between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, including: 

  • the review of 700 business regulations, with 62% being amended or rescinded;
  • the completed review of 40% of rule packages in 30 days or less.

The report provided a deeper look into the rule review statistics, indicating that of the 700 total rules were reviewed during this timeframe: 

  • 54% were amended;
  • 25% had no change;
  • 13% represented new rules; and 
  • 8% were rescinded.

Further, a total of 115 rule packages were reviewed (35% of these packages were impacted by CSI) and CSI received a total of 364 stakeholder comments.
Since its creation, CSI has focused on promoting innovation and the practical regulation of businesses in Ohio. In addition, two Greater Cleveland Partnership members provide state government direction on the CSI Small Business Advisory Council, a body devised to provide feedback on the impact state rules or regulations may have on the business community. CSI’s mission is to:

  • review business-impacting rules;
  • help businesses navigate regulatory obstacles; and
  • partner with agencies on initiatives that will make Ohio friendly to job creators.

Do you have questions or comments about CSI and how it impacts the growth of your business? Contact our Advocacy Team via email at

You can check out CSI’s 2018 Mid-Year Report here.

Medical Marijuana Update

The proposed implementation date for Ohio's medical marijuana program has passed but still no patients have been registered or dispensaries are open. 

Click here for an updated timeline and to learn more about the reasons behind the delay.

Economic Inclusion is 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.  

Cleveland can use its strengths to lead the nation in solving this longstanding crisis. Doing so is a key component of the GCP’s recent strategic plan and has been a focus of the Commission on Economic Inclusion since it was founded in 2001.

Read more.

Share Your Industry Expertise with CMSD High School Students

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) focus on college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools. Each school—Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Washington Park Environmental Studies and Max S. Hayes—concentrates on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community.
We are inviting Greater Cleveland Partnership members to provide industry expertise and interactive, career-exposure experiences for AoC students at the 3rd Annual Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at East Professional Development Center.
We are recruiting representatives from the following industries to exhibit:
• Biomedical Science
• Engineering 
• Culinary Arts and Hospitality
• Finance
• Marketing
• Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
• Healthcare           
• Law and Public Safety 
• Animal Science and Management
• Horticulture and Landscape Design
• Automotive Technology; Construction Technology; Diesel Technology
• Manufacturing
To sign up, or to receive more information, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

Volunteer for True 2U

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program True2U—a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, MyCom, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute— provides eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

We invite business professionals from all industries to volunteer as mentors for the program. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Mentors will meet with a cohort of students monthly, for two-hour sessions, from October to May. 

To submit your mentor application, please click HERE.

For questions about mentoring, contact Angela Finding at or 216-592-2385.