About Team NEO
Team NEO is a business development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region.
We are driven to succeed by our passion for the region, and we strive to instill that enthusiasm in others. Our highly experienced staff is guided by a board of business, economic development and civic leaders who share our passion. It is this combination of skills, results-oriented culture and passion that drives us to find solutions that help businesses expand and create jobs in Northeast Ohio.
Team NEO’s History
Regionalism and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do. These values have been deeply engrained in Team NEO from the start. We were created, in 2003, out of a unique act of regional collaboration among our founding partners – FirstEnergy Corporation, the Greater Akron Chamber, the Stark Economic Development Board, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
In 2007, Team NEO began to focus exclusively on business attraction, believing that a concentrated emphasis on marketing Northeast Ohio’s tremendous assets and communities would exponentially increase business opportunities.
In July of 2011, Team NEO became the Northeast Ohio regional network partner for JobsOhio. JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. As one of six regional partners, known collectively as the JobsOhio Network, we provide local economic development organizations and their clients with information on and access to state and JobsOhio support as well as resources across the region.
In 2013, the Cleveland Plus campaign, Northeast Ohio’s first and only regional marketing initiative, officially became part of the Team NEO family.
In 2015, Team NEO joined forces with NorTech, a technology-based economic development nonprofit, to drive a new regional economic competitiveness strategy. The new organization combines NorTech’s industry knowledge and focus on innovation with Team NEO’s experience in regional marketing, business attraction and regional business development.
Across all of our initiatives, we remain true to our founding heritage of regionalism and collaboration. We exist to support the work of economic development organizations and others across Northeast Ohio by providing solutions and helping to create deals that benefit the region through increased business investments and new or retained jobs.
TEAM NEO MISSION STATEMENT
Team NEO enhances the economy of Northeast Ohio by collaborating with our partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow and accelerate the impact of innovation in the region. We also help bring together local, regional and state resources to raise the profile of the region and make the case for investment in Northeast Ohio, focusing on proven businesses that will contribute to the region’s success. Our Board serves as the “Regional Table” for Business and Philanthropy around which challenges regarding economic competitiveness are identified, prioritized and advanced
TEAM NEO AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
The Northeast Ohio economic development system provides business decision-makers with access to customized solutions that mitigate risk, foster innovation and accelerate growth through a connected and collaborative ecosystem.
TEAM NEO CORE VALUES
- Passionate about Northeast Ohio
- Focused on, and hold ourselves openly accountable for, results
- Business-like and creative in our approach
- Trusted team players
- Experts on NEO business growth
- Empowered to seek professional excellence and personal fulfillment