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CEA Partnering with Cleveland State University to Start Construction Management Degree Program Next Fall


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If you haven't yet heard, CSU will kick-off a new Constuction Management Degree Program in the Fall of 2024 and CEA members are playing an important role. 

Over 30 CEA members met with CSU College of Engineering leadership last week to discuss how contractors can best engage in this endeavor. 

High Level Details

  • 4-year Bachelor of Science in Construction

District Court Rules DACA Is Unlawful but Keeps Program Intact for Existing Beneficiaries While Legal Battle Continues


Late Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful despite regulations issued by the Biden Administration last year that codified DACA in an effort to preserve its legality.

The DACA program grants deportation protections and work permits to nearly 600,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to

Bobby George Hints at 'Eatertainment' Concept to Replace East Fourth Street Harry Buffalo


The George family plans to move the Harry Buffalo, a sports bar mainstay on East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland, to make way for a new dining and entertainment concept.

The looming change coincides with the planned launch of a sports-betting lounge at the property, a two-story brick building near the center of the Gateway District. Entrepreneur Bobby George

IRS Slows Refund Payments for Employee Retention Tax Credit Due to Concerns About Fraud


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has slowed the payment of refunds to employers for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) as the agency struggles to combat what it says are fraudulent and overstated claims for the credit.

The IRS explained that it is “deeply concerned about small businesses being scammed and dubious ERC claims being submitted amid aggressive marketing to businesses” and

Ohio Ranks No. 1 on List of Top States for Economic Development Activity


A prominent publication just ranked Ohio as the top-performing U.S. state for economic development, based on a blend of investments in corporate facilities and public infrastructure.

Ohio edged out Indiana, Texas and other competitors to lead Site Selection’s 2023 Global Groundwork Index, which captures five years’ worth of activity. Two Buckeye State metropolitan areas — Columbus and Cincinnati — also

State Announces $100 Million in Funds to Help Fix Dangerous Rail Crossings


Gov. Mike DeWine announced $100 million for funding aimed at helping municipalities eliminate dangerous rail crossings across the state. These funds will also help communities obtain matching federal funds to complete the projects. 

Funding for the Ohio Rail Crossing Elimination program was passed earlier this summer as part of the 2024-25 biennial budget to address the state’s approximately 5,700

Port of Cleveland Approves Strategic Plan, Including Goal to Combat Climate Change


The Port of Cleveland has adopted a climate action plan that includes the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The emissions target, which align with those adopted by federal and local governments, is part of the port’s overall strategic plan for 2024 through 2028 that was approved by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority on Thursday.

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Treasury Department Releases Report Highlighting the Benefits of Unions to American Workers and the U.S. Economy


The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy released a new report entitled, “Labor Unions and the Middle Class,” that highlights the role that labor unions play in the American economy. Overall, the report found that unions play an important role in addressing longstanding challenges faced by the middle class – including stagnant wages, high housing costs, and reduced

Join Me in Celebrating Ohio’s #1 Ranking in the Global Groundwork Index


Business Leaders and Community Stakeholders,

I am pleased to share extraordinary news: PreOhio has ranked number one in the Global Groundwork Index by Site Selection magazine. This prestigious accolade – based on the meticulous analysis of job creation, capital expenditures, and strategic infrastructure development from 2019 to 2023 – reaffirms Ohio's position at the heart of strategic growth. Additionally

OMB Releases Final Guidance on Expanded Requirements to Use U.S. Made Construction Materials on Federally-Assisted Projects


President Biden’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released new final guidance implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s (BIL) expanded “Build America, Buy America” Act (BABA) requirements to use U.S. made iron, steel, glass, wood and other construction materials and manufactured products on all construction that receives federal financial assistance where federal funds are appropriated or otherwise made available and used