Supporting 1.5 million jobs in the Great Lakes region, water represents a major economic driver for Northeast Ohio. Thanks to the work of the Cleveland Water Alliance and its partners, we are beginning to see the true value of water for our region.
Last year, two Northeast Ohio-based companies, Latitude 41 Creative and Nicolette Atelier, LLC, teamed up to produce an international art installation for Aloft hotels. And now they are at it again!
Not too long ago, once something was disposed of it simply became trash. Today, that isn’t the case with companies developing new alternatives for repurposing trash and turning it into new products. In Northeast Ohio, several companies are turning waste into energy using discarded plastics, wastewater treatment biosolids, and food waste. Other companies are supporting these efforts by developing equipment and conducting research for this industry.
Renewable energy is powering Northeast Ohio and will continue to do so into the future as other sources of energy become exhausted. Through the use of these naturally replenished resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, biomass and geothermal heat, the region is continually working to improve the economic and environmental well-being of its residents.
Utilizing Northeast Ohio’s clean energy and renewable resources is a vital component to enhancing the future of the region’s economy. Most of Ohio’s earliest days were built on utilizing energy from the environment and now the area is getting back to its roots by promoting this initiative once again.
The potential of green jobs has been a hot topic for the last few years both nationally and within The Plus. While it still may be too soon to tell the long term impact of this growing industry, our region is working to take advantage of every opportunity to benefit our economy and region.
Ohio ranks fourth in the nation in fuel cell development. Representing nearly a $2 billion industry, the state and Northeast Ohio specifically are poised to capture a substantial share of this emerging market.