GCP Board Chair Chris Connor says the Sherwin-Williams’ banner at the
corner of Prospect Avenue and Ontario Street salutes the energy, talent and
creativity embodied on a daily basis by the people of Northeast Ohio.
Meet the New GCP Board Chair:
The 2012 Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors, which includes 10 members from the COSE Board, has
elected Chris Connor, chairman and CEO
of The Sherwin-Williams Co., to a two-year
term as GCP Board chair. Here Connor
shares his vision.
QWhat are some of the GCP economic development priorities you will focus
AIn the past two years, under the very capable leadership of our previous chair-
man, Bill Christopher, the organization has
become involved in several issues that I’ll
continue to champion. They include:
•;Preserving the hub at Hopkins, which is
a major asset for both the business com-
munity and leisure travelers; it gives us
a significant competitive advantage over
Midwest cities of comparable or even
•;Supporting public education reform
in Cleveland so that every student can
attend a high-performing school;
•;Playing a leadership and advocacy role
to support development of the downtown waterfront along Lake Erie and
the Cuyahoga River.
We’ve got to boost our high school
graduation rates, which in turn, will help
us achieve higher college graduation rates.
In order for our city and region to improve
its economic competitiveness, we must
produce students who are prepared to be
part of a 21st-century workforce.
AThose seven simple words help us capture, harness and crystallize a powerful, energizing message. This 10-story
wall banner is rolling out a giant welcome
mat, saluting the strength, energy, talent,
creativity, enthusiasm and warm hospitality
embodied on a daily basis by the people
of Northeast Ohio. Sherwin-Williams’
146-year commitment to Cleveland and
Northeast Ohio demonstrates why we are
filled with pride and honored to be part of
this great community. ●
QWhy is the education reform piece so important to the business community?
AIt’s important to everyone. We’re already seeing successes within the Cleveland
Metropolitan School District and among
some charter schools that are getting high
marks on their state report cards. However,
not enough students are enrolled in those
schools. Mayor Jackson’s plan was created
to make sure that all Cleveland students
can attend schools with terrific teachers and
good educational outcomes.
QHow can the GCP help advance plans to develop the downtown waterfront?
AOur organization has identified down- town waterfront development as the
starting point for creating a vibrant core
that will enhance investments in existing
assets such as the Rock Hall, the Science
Center and Cleveland Browns Stadium,
and new developments such as the Medical
Mart, the Cleveland casino and the Flats
East Bank project. The GCP will work
with stakeholders in the public, private and
nonprofit sectors that are poised to bring
catalytic development to our lakefront and
river and to connect everything together.
QThe Sherwin-Williams “Our Home Since 1866. Our Pride Forever” banner at
the corner of Prospect Avenue and Ontario
Street is a powerful hometown salute. What
is the rationale behind it?
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