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    • Business Resources: Workforce Support for Manufacturing Industry

      Manufacturing is a bedrock of the Northeast Ohio business community, but the industry is facing a workforce challenge. There are 2,600 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Cuyahoga County alone, and 30% of the workforce is nearing retirement age. 60% of manufacturing businesses say that the inability to fill open roles holds back their growth and expansion. In response to this challenge, manufacturers, educators, and service providers are collaborating to drive change for the health of the manufacturing industry via Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership. Initiated in 2019, Workforce Connect is led and directed by over 20 manufacturing employers in Cuyahoga County. Facilitated by MAGNET and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the sector partnership strives to close the talent gap for manufacturing in Cuyahoga County through unique programmatic interventions and systems change initiatives. This sector partnership is unique in that the strategic vision is set by a collaboration of employers based on their current and future hiring needs, setting up an “employer-driven, system change” structure that will bring about sustainable, long-term results. Workforce Connect uses three primary strategies to attract new talent: Recruit existing training programs to 100% utilization that includes recruiting high school students and up-skilling existing employees. Implement innovative on-ramps to career paths in manufacturing for under-represented populations with a current focus on African Americans, women, and people re-entering the workforce from incarceration. Build a "Voice of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing" for advocacy to drive policies and support for manufacturing. While some of the initiatives to implement these strategies have been delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19, the partnership launched its “ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers” to help train and support individuals previously involved in the criminal justice system. Towards Employment, a local workforce development organization, and Precision Metalforming Association, took the lead to develop a specific curriculum to meet the manufacturer’s aggregated needs. A balance of work readiness training coupled with technical training in key manufacturing skills and concepts, the curriculum also incorporates hands-on engagement activities with the manufacturing employers to further build familiarity, skills, and competencies. In collaboration with West Side Catholic Center, Towards Employment, El Barrio, Ohio Means Jobs, and the Greater Collinwood Development Corporation, the first cohort of ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers was recruited in March. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the stay-at-home order went into effect, aspects of the plan needed to pivot. Chromebooks and hotspots were purchased for each student, and the curriculum was modified to accommodate 80% of the learning remotely through video-conferencing and e-learning modules. Employers stepped up and quickly created videos of virtual plant tours so students could see what the inside of their plants looked like, what the manufacturing process consisted of, and could discover what types of jobs existed in those companies. For the remaining 20% in-person training, MAGNET constructed a specially designed classroom with plexiglass dividers, temperature checks, sanitation practices, etc. In addition to leveraging existing public funding sources primarily from OMJ C/CC, The Nordson Corporation Foundation, Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation, MAGNET, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership also contributed to the funding needed to execute this initial cohort. The first cohort completed their certificate training in June, and the majority of the students in the original program have been placed in manufacturing jobs, while others continue to work on their skills readiness. For more information on Workforce Connect or to connect with a GCP Workforce specialist, please reach out to our INGEAR team.

    • GCP Member Feature: Bonnie Speed

      Bonnie Speed is a full-service logistics company headquartered in Cleveland who serves its customers by servicing with excellence and building connectivity in meaningful and intentional ways. When the executive team set “pivot” as their 2020 word of intention, little did they know how impactful and necessary it would be to move through the year. As the spread of COVID-19 shut down non-essential businesses in Northeast Ohio, the logistics company’s innovation team sprung to action, checking-in on customers. On the business front, they pivoted to a residential focus as their clients were rapidly adapting to a work-at-home environment. Internally, they relied on a combination of remote contingency planning, video meetings, weekly calls with drivers, and surveys to stay connected and keep their business going. As an essential business that remained open, Bonnie Speed provided care kits to team members and drivers as a thank-you for the commitment and dedication during the pandemic. The company hosted a leadership meeting on mental health and instituted a well-being day for team members, encouraging team members to take the time to care for themselves. But that was not all – as the business learned about the community needs, it instituted team lunches to help support local restaurants. They donated freight services to the Cleveland Food Bank as they grappled with unprecedented demand, moving 32,000 lbs of food in April & May. “COVID-19 was a litmus test – it showed me that the culture we have is exactly what we need for continued success” ~ Kenya Guess, CEO of Bonnie Speed While Bonnie Speed was hard hit by COVID-19, 2020 has resulted in transformational cultural change for the business, including a heightened awareness around equity. All these pivots ultimately resulted in the creation of the Bonnie Give Back account. To date, the program has provided a variety of community services including free delivery of masks and PPE, continued partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank, and delivery of overages of Girl Scout Cookies to healthcare workers and teachers in partnership with Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Bonnie Speed is pursuing a FEMA certification to assist in crises. Business activity has picked up since June and Bonnie Speed intends to take the lessons learned during this crisis to continue to innovate, collaborate and pursue creative solutions to meet customer needs. “I don’t want normal, I want better, and we’re thinking about what does better look like” ~ Kenya Guess, CEO of Bonnie Speed. Over her tenure as CEO of Bonnie Speed, Kenya Guess has turned to the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) several times for community introductions and a read on business and community sentiment. This year she is taking her relationship with GCP one step further by serving on GCP Business Growth Services INGEAR Committee. The committee will provide guidance and support to the GCP and its partners. Industry leaders will identify needs and opportunities that will shape GCP’s suite of services, accelerate the region’s economic recovery, and define GCP’s business growth and development program priorities and objectives. Learn more about GCP Business Growth Services and its activities to benefit the Northeast Ohio business community via the 2020 Semi-Annual Report.

    • The Cleveland Water Alliance Awarded $600K Industry Challenge Grant from US EDA

      The Cleveland Water Alliance is one of 52 organizations nationwide that will receive funding from the U.S. government to support entrepreneurship and grow the economy. CWA, a non-profit organization that seeks to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie through innovation and technology, was awarded a $600,000 Industry Challenge grant from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced today. See Full Press Release Here

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    • Project Management | Greater Cleveland Partnership INGEAR

      Project Management Project Management Site Selection Talent Energy Solutions Public Sector Coordination Maximize Your Results With INGEAR At GCP your business is our priority. Our team of experts serves as your trusted advisors. From concept to completion our team is here to help you maximize resources and get the gears turning for your business growth. We are here to serve as your connection to the broader economic development ecosystem and all its public and private providers. GCP provides these services at no cost to you - our client. Business Advisory Services Whether you already call Greater Cleveland home or are looking to locate to The Land – GCP will provide you with comprehensive project management and advisory services designed to accelerate your success. Learn More Access To Resources GCP connects you to the right resources for your business growth and development needs. We identify and provide access to our private, public and civic partners – locally, regionally and statewide. Learn More Business Outreach and Engagement We know that to understand your needs, we need to understand your business. Schedule an on-site visit with GCP today to discuss your growth opportunities and challenges. We’ll drive solutions together. Schedule Now INGEAR Results Together With Our Economic Development Partners Since 2017 2,113 Company Visits 11,318 Jobs Created 30,861 Jobs Retained $2.3 Billion Invested Highlighted Projects Consolidated Precision Products Announced that it will open a new advanced manufacturing facility in Euclid, Ohio. This expansion will result in a new 135,000 SF building and 120 new jobs. Learn More > London Stock Exchange Group Elite Announced that Cleveland has been selected as the home of its Americas headquarters. ELITE is the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) international business support program for small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs). Learn More > MAN Holdings Cleveland's first private C-PACE financed commercial property improvement. For the last three years, the real estate investment firm MAN Holdings has successfully renovated hundreds of units in the Cleveland market. Learn More > Let's Meet And Discuss Your Project Business Visit Let's meet at your business to understand the best way to help Schedule Now Consultation Call Help us understand problems you're facing & how we can assist Schedule Now Energy Consultation Our team will perform an energy audit to see where you can save money Schedule Now GCP INGEAR Non-Profit Assistance Schedule Now

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    • B2B Form | GCP INGEAR

      GCP INGEAR B2B Want Your Company Listed? Please enter your contact information and fill out the fields below and we will get you listed on the site! Company description to be listed on the the site. (Max 280 Charaters) URL you want to direct people to Upload Logo Upload Max File Size 15MB Please select any that apply Woman Owned Business Minority Owned Business LGBTQ+ Owned Business Veteran Owned Business Your Information Has Been Successfully Submitted Submit

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