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Northeast Ohio is in the midst of an ongoing resurgence, which is evident in the many positive developments shaping our region. Below we have highlighted some of the factors that have led to this resurgence, providing proof points as to the positive momentum building across Northeast Ohio.

Reporters and journalists are encouraged to use this information when writing about the region. If we can help supply additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Rick Batyko
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Development
Team NEO | Cleveland Plus

Northeast Ohio on the Rise

Award-Winning City for Food, Culture and Entertainment

Northeast Ohio’s food and entertainment scene continues to attract national attention. Named to SmarterTravel’s 14 Places in America You Have to Visit in 2016, Cleveland has enjoyed a wealth of development and investment in the hospitality sector in recent years.

Public-Private Partnerships Fuel Cleveland’s Award-Winning Redevelopment

The transformations sprouting in Cleveland today were seeded by the public-private partnerships planted 40 years ago during the city’s darkest economic struggles. If not for the now well-honed practice of aggressive and ongoing collaborations among the public, private and philanthropic sectors, Cleveland would not have such assets as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland or the Global Center for Health Innovation.

Millennial Migration to Greater Cleveland among Top 10 in Nation

Cleveland has joined the likes of Austin, San Diego and Los Angeles as a city quickly attracting millennials to its urban core. The region is ranked eighth in the nation for the growth rate of college-educated millennials, according to a 2016 report from the Center of Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. A 76 percent increase in downtown millennial residents since 2000, as reported by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), has made a significant impact on the city and its future.

Sources: The Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

University Circle becomes “second downtown,” attracts new residents and billions in investment

University Circle is a unique mix of world-class higher education, cultural amenities and health care that has become Cleveland’s “second downtown.” The center, roughly four miles east of Public Square, has enjoyed a renaissance for more than a decade, having attracted $3.65 billion of investment since 2002.

Source: University Circle, Inc.

Entrepreneurs Thrive in a Growing Hub

Since 2004, national investors have pumped more than $2.3 billion into Northeast Ohio startup technology companies. This recognition extends beyond investors. According to a ranking from NerdWallet, Cleveland ranks among the top 50 entrepreneurial-friendly cities in the world. Read on!

Sources: JumpStart: NE Ohio Venture Capital ReportJumpStart: Partnerships Matter 2014 Community Report

Innovative Talents Boost Biomedical Investments

Northeast Ohio consistently proves to be a hub for biomedical innovation and opportunity. Since 2002, Cleveland’s biomedical industry has grown from 300 to over 700 companies, a 133% increase. Over $2 billion has been invested in area start-ups during the same period. Read on!

Source: BioEnterprise

Manufacturing into the Future

Manufacturing remains the largest sector of Northeast Ohio’s economy and a primary driver of the region’s economic growth. From 1990 to 2015, gross regional product (GRP) grew by 17 percent, making manufacturing a $43.6 billion industry; during this timeframe, productivity also increased 92 percent in Northeast Ohio. Read on! 

SourceTeam NEO 

Downtown Investment 

In 2014, the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis ranked Cleveland the 10th most walkable city in the United States. This compactness and walkability is a large reason the GOP chose Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. It’s also why businesses and residents are flocking to the city’s core. With over $5.5 billion invested in Downtown Cleveland since 2009, this is only the beginning. Read on!

Source: Downtown Cleveland Alliance