Greater Cleveland Partnership Prepares Two-Year Agenda

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The Greater Cleveland Partnership functions as Northeast Ohio’s chamber of commerce.

The GCP supported the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and this year the business group is calling for renewal of the expansion.

Marty McGann is the GCP’s senior vice president for advocacy. He says Northeast Ohio companies want the expansion of the state’s venture capital fund, and hope the county will help bring new investment to the region, too.

“As outlined in this agenda, there’s a couple of key issues: priorities business expansion and retention opportunities, and supporting young startups," McGann said. "These are things Northeast Ohio knows is important.”

The GCP also wants to streamline the certification process for minority-owned businesses. And while the group welcomes another cut in state income taxes, says that shouldn’t be funded by tax increases somewhere else.

The partnership supported freezing Ohio’s renewable energy standards last year. The group raised concerns over federal regulations of the coal industry, saying it wants ensure the region’s manufacturers aren’t negatively affected.

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