Fifteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors At Team Neo Plus Awards

Fifteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors at Team NEO Plus AWards

Team NEO honored communities and organizations for 2012 economic development initiatives that created or retained jobs, attracted investments and developed opportunities for Northeast Ohio at the organization’s seventh annual Economic Development Plus Awards ceremony. Winners in 11 categories were announced. The event, held at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, drew a crowd of more than 500 business and community leaders, economic developers, politicians and chamber of commerce representatives from the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

“Great progress is being made in Northeast Ohio and the Plus Awards gives us the opportunity to recognize the many talented, resourceful people who are making good things happen. These organizations and people are ensuring our region’s bright future.” said Tom Waltermire, CEO, Team NEO. “We recognized 32 projects that represent almost 6,000 new jobs, 3,600 retained jobs and $375 million in capital investment.”

A panel of judges selected 32 finalists, from which the following winners were chosen:

Asset Creation 
+ Case Western Reserve University, JumpStart, MAGNET and NorTech for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Business Attraction (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ City of Streetsboro, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. and Portage Development Board for the attraction of Selas Heat Technology

Business Attraction (more than 100 employees) – International 
+ The Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Greater Cleveland Partnership for the attraction of Alexander Mann Solutions

Business Attraction (more than 100 employees) – Domestic 
+ The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, for the attraction of Exterran 

Business Retention (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ BioEnterprise, the City of Oberlin, Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Growth Partnership, and Team Lorain County for the retention of Synapse Biomedical

Business Expansion (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ The City of Geneva and the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County for the expansion of  Arthur Louis Steel

Business Retention (more than 100 employees)
+ Richland Community Development Corporation for saving the C-27J program

Business Expansion (more than 100 employees) 
+ City of Huron and Erie County Economic Development Corporation for the expansion of International Automotive Components

Foreign Investment 
+ City of Cleveland for Nestlé Professional

Fostering Entrepreneurship (tie) 
+ City of Cleveland, Commission on Economic Inclusion, Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Huntington Bank, The Business of Good Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, and US Small Business Administration for creating the Cleveland branch of the Economic and Community Development Institute

+ City of Shaker Heights and LaunchHouse for creating the LaunchHouse Accelerator Program

Minority Business Development 
+ City of Cleveland for retention of Radio One

Public-Private Partnership
+ City of Stow, EnviroScience, and the Greater Akron Chamber for transforming an underutilized public building into EnviroScience’s Headquarters

Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration  
+ Brimfield Township, City of Tallmadge, FirstEnergy, Greater Akron Chamber, Portage Development Board, Summit County and the Village of Mogadore for the expansion of Newell Rubbermaid’s Summit county injection molding plan and construction of its Portage county distribution center

Workforce Development
+ University Hospitals for the Bridge to the Future program

For more informatino about each of the winning projects, download our 2013 Plus Awards Recipient fact sheet.

In addition, William F. Christopher was presented with the H. Peter Burg Regional Vision Award, Presented by PNC. Team NEO’s highest honor, this annual award commemorates the late chairman and CEO of FirstEnergy Corporation, a regional leader who was the founding chairman of Team NEO.  Christopher was recognized for his work on enhancing the climate for business growth in Northeast Ohio. Most recently, he has led a joint effort by the business and philanthropic communities to create a regional economic competitiveness strategy to identify priorities and actions that will strengthen the region’s global competitiveness and create a strategy for long-term success.

The 2013 Economic Development Plus Awards were sponsored by: PNC, Humana, FirstMerit Bank, AT&T, FirstEnergy, Huntington National Bank, Jones Day, Lorain County Community College, Sherwin-Williams and Squire Sanders

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