BY ANDY JONES, CEO at MCPc
Attendees at MCPc’s BusinessTECH18 Conference
in October got a preview of Blockland Cleveland, an incredible confluence of minds that is taking place from December 1-4 in Cleveland. The preview came at the opening of BusinessTECH18, at breakfast presentation by Dave Gilbert and Bernie Moreno, who wears the mantle of blockchain’s guru in Northeast Ohio. To him we all owe a big thanks for evangelizing our place in the world to the world.
MCPc signed on as a sponsor of Blockland Cleveland for several reasons. First, being at the forefront of technology for over 50 years, we recognized as early as 2014, well before “cyber” became a buzzword, how the “end-point” – those connected techie gadgets we use every day in our personal and professional lives – would become an “entry-point” for cyber-criminals. In response, we began forming a “chain-of-custody” approach to protecting data and the IoT devices that information lives on. Blockchain aligns perfectly with our chain-of-custody approach, and that was one reason we championed Blockland Cleveland.
A second reason is – as the saying goes – location, location, location. As a company headquartered in Cleveland
, we want to see the region thrive. We agree with Bernie and leaders like Jon Pinney and Joe Roman that Northeast Ohio can become a pacesetter in blockchain.
A third reason has to do with education. Our role in Blockland Cleveland was to provide support, with Metrohealth, for students to attend the conference. I am a member of the Talent Node, led by Amy Brady of Keybank and Brenda Kirk of Hyland, and for good reason. MCPc stands firmly behind education as a pathway to regional prosperity and health.
Support for Education
Our company demonstrated its support for education
at each of the last two BusinessTECH forums, and at BusinessTECH18, we smartly partnered with RITE – chaired by Eaton’s CIO Bill Blausey and managed by the incredible Courtney DeOreo – to bring 350 students to that conference.
We are putting our hard-earned money on education because we, like most of you, know the future of the region depends not only on business but also on schools and students and educators.
That belief in students is why MCPc is behind the Foundry Community Rowing and Sailing Center
and why we are taking a “buy local” approach to doing business. It’s an approach that produces a “rising-tide” effect that buoys the region by creating job opportunities
that generate new tax revenue that can be used to improve schools which in turn help expand the talent pipeline that makes a region more healthy (in every respect) and more attractive to outside investors. As part of our “buy local” approach, we are committed to allotting a percentage of our jobs to technology students who wish to work during the school year. We include in each of our tech facilities
a set number of high school internships to help grow the talent pipeline, including at our newest facility, an asset disposition center
in Old Brooklyn that will work with three area high schools to give students “learn and earn” internships. We are taking the same approach at Mercyhurst University
in Erie, Penn., where we built and manage a working security operations center on the campus so that students upon graduation can be ready for the high job demands we and all corporations have in cybersecurity.
Why go to this length?
Because we know that to maintain our position as a leading technology company, we not only need to invest in employee training and advanced facilities but also in talent development. We recognize the consequences that short- and long-term shortages in cyber defense experts mean to our business and to our customers. It is no different than a country that spots the barbarian at its gates but does nothing to support an army capable of defending them. For MCPc, that means supporting education, youth, job growth, conferences, sustainability, and economic development on the whole.
, CEO at MCPc