Thirteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors At Plus Awards

Thirteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors at Team NEO’s Economic Development Plus Awards

Team NEO honored communities and organizations for 2013 economic development initiatives that created or retained jobs, attracted investments and developed opportunities for Northeast Ohio at the organization’s eighth annual Economic Development Plus Awards ceremony. Winners in 10 categories were announced. The event, held at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, drew a crowd of more than 400 business and community leaders, economic developers, politicians and chamber of commerce representatives from the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

“The Plus Awards gives us the opportunity to recognize the many talented, resourceful people behind the most innovative, impactful economic development activities from across the 18-county region,” said Tom Waltermire, CEO, Team NEO. “We recognized 25 projects that represent almost 2,000 new jobs, 1,000 retained jobs and more than $400 million in capital investment.”

A panel of judges selected 25 finalists, from which the following winners were chosen:

ASSET CREATION 

  • BioEnterprise, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County, Greater Cleveland Partnership, MetroHealth System, Positively Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals for The Global Center for Health Innovation

 BUSINESS ATTRACTION 
(FEWER THAN 100 EMPLOYEES)

  • City of Wooster, Wayne Economic Development Council and Wayne County for attraction of Daisy Brand 

BUSINESS ATTRACTION 
(MORE THAN 100 EMPLOYEES) 

  • City of Solon and Greater Cleveland Partnership for attraction of Nestlé pizza division

BUSINESS EXPANSION 
(FEWER THAN 100 EMPLOYEES )

  • Richland Community Development Group and Village of Lexington for expansion of Next Generation Films

BUSINESS EXPANSION
(MORE THAN 100 EMPLOYEES)

  • City of Strongsville, Greater Cleveland Partnership and MAGNET for expansion of Vitamix

BUSINESS RETENTION

  • City of Willard, Development Finance Authority of Summit County, Huron County Commissioners and Huron County Economic Development Council for retention of Pepperidge Farm

FOREIGN INVESTMENT

  • City of Akron and Greater Akron Chamber for the Akron USA outreach program

FOSTERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Summit DD Microenterprise Program for creating the Microenterprise Program

  • University Hospitals for creating the Harrington Project for Discovery and Development

MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • City of Cleveland for creating the Community Benefits Agreement program

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

  • City of Canton, Jackson Township Trustees, Stark County Port Authority/Stark Development Board, Stark State College, The Timken Company and Timken Foundation of Canton for developing the first Technology and Test Center in America

REGIONALISM AND CROSS-BORDER 
COLLABORATION 

  • City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, MAGNET and NASA Glenn Research Center for creating the Adopt a City pro bono program

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 

  • Towards Employment for the WorkAdvance program

    In addition, Dr. Luis Proenza was presented with the H. Peter Burg Regional Vision Award, 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.  Dr. Proenza was recognized for his leadership in making the University of Akron a powerhouse for regional economic development. For example, his work with Dr. Roy Church, President of Lorain County Community College, to build the Innovation Alliance and his contribution to the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), which provides intellectual property, commercialization and enterprise creation support to Ohio entrepreneurs, innovators and business owners.

    The 2014 Economic Development Plus Awards were sponsored by: PNC, Medical Mutual, City of Cleveland – Division of Water, AT&T, Buckingham Doolittle, FirstEnergy, FirstMerit Bank, Jones Day, Lorain County Community College, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Squire Patton Boggs and University Hospitals.

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