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 businesses, middle-market companies and global corporations. It includes the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Cleveland Development Advisors, a real estate development affiliate. GCP is committed to working with private, civic, and public partners to accelerate growth and prosperity to propel Greater Cleveland towards being one of the Great Regions in the Great Lakes.
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 Board of Trade in 1848 which became the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce in 1893.