‘Power player’ Joe Roman’s retirement from Greater Cleveland Partnership signals another end for old guard civic leaders

by | Jul 5, 2020

By: Eric Heisig, Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Anyone with a big project proposed for Cleveland must go through Joe Roman.

The president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership – a chamber of commerce with more than 12,000 members – amassed his reputation over decades both in the city and with state leadership.

He is, for some, a catalyst for many of the most significant projects in the region and, for others, a door blocking the chance for real change in the civic community. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to the Gateway District, Roman had a large role.

“He clearly defines what a power player is,” said Brad Whitehead, the former president of The Fund for Our Economic Future. “He consolidates and exercises power to get things done.”

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