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MidTown

MidTown - Photo Bob Perkoski
MidTown - Photo Bob Perkoski
This two-square mile tract between downtown and University Circle is fast becoming one of the hottest regions for economic development. Indeed, it was recently designated by the State of Ohio as an official Hub of Innovation and Opportunity.

In between -- both geographically and aesthetically -- the density of downtown's urban core and the leafy plains of the suburbs, MidTown offers a best-of-both-worlds situation for forward-thinking start-ups, services and urban pioneers. Affordable real estate, vacant parcels, and proximity to the region's leading medical institutions, make the area a natural for the biomedical, health care and technology companies that continue to spin-off from Cleveland Clinic, Case and University Hospitals.

Dubbed the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, the district already is home to 75 biomedical and 45 high-tech companies. But many more are on the way thanks to a collaborative effort between public and private organizations like the City of Cleveland, Team NEO, Cleveland Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Together, these partners are working to remake MidTown into a global leader for health and medical innovation.

MidTown is a true mixed-use district, filled as it is with everything from photo studios and print shops to apartments and restaurants. Proximity to major highways and the city's main corridors makes transportation east, west, north or south a breeze. "Parking problem" is an oxymoron thanks to private lots and numerous spaces.

MidTown Features

with historic influx of urban residents, cities are seeing a rise in amenities

After decades of population loss, cities like Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburgh are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

job satisfaction: employee perks pay off with loyal staff that works as hard as they play

Everybody has those days when they just don’t feel like going to work. But some employers offer perks that make coming to work a little less painful. From all-you-can-eat snack bars to pursuing outside interests on company time -- and free beer! -- these companies help make coming to the office a little easier to swallow.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  
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MidTown Founders

eric bockmuller

eric bockmuller

City: MidTown

Meet Eric Bockmuller, founder of Tackk, a Cleveland company with a graphic design website that allows anyone to create anything.

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown

Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.

deej lincoln

deej lincoln

City: MidTown

Meet James "Deej" Lincoln, founder of Reclaimed Cleveland, a retail and custom furnishings company in Midtown.

lindsay sims

lindsay sims

City: MidTown

Meet Lyndsay Sims, founder of Renter’s BOOM, which helps property managers develop a sound social media strategy and a plan of execution.

chan q. wang

chan q. wang

City: MidTown

Meet Dr. Chan Q. Wang, founder of Zuga Medical, a bio-tech company with four employees.

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