Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is the region’s leading economic development organization and with over 12,000 members, the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation. Guided by a board of corporate and entrepreneurial CEOs, the organization focuses on strategic initiatives, business services, and advocacy to build a vibrant business environment and region for small, middle-market companies and global corporations. GCP is the unifying voice of the region’s business community and includes the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).
GCP was formed in 2004 through the merger of Cleveland Tomorrow, Greater Cleveland Growth Association, Greater Cleveland Roundtable, and their primary affiliates the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and the Commission on Economic Inclusion. Through the combination, the private sector has been able to better align and commit its leadership and resources towards the common goal of advancing the region’s economic growth and prosperity.
Each of the predecessor organizations had been formed as private-sector-led civic initiatives to advance regional economic opportunities. The Greater Cleveland business community has a long history of civic partnership initiatives, tracing back to the forming of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce in 1893.