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Regional Economy

Onosys - photo Bob Perkoski

To many, regionalism is the term used to describe the consolidation of countless redundant municipalities. While useful, necessary and inevitable, that aspect of regionalism is not intrinsically accurate, at least according to those whose mission it is to market Northeast Ohio. True regionalism, they argue, is defined by economic activity, not political boundaries. With major hubs like Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, the 16-county "Cleveland Plus" region covers more than 6,000 square miles and is home to over 4 million people. Uniting that region and marketing its unique and sweeping assets is what true regionalism is all about.

Features

La Placita

La Villa Hispana: an economic and cultural Latino hub

Years in the making, plans for La Villa Hispana – a center celebrating Latino heritage and commerce in the Clark Fulton neighborhood – will be unveiled next month at a City Planning Commission meeting.

RTA & Van Aken Center

Placemaking puts Shaker residents in the mix of Van Aken District plans

The City of Shaker Heights turned to its residents for input on how the forthcoming Van Aken District development will take shape and appropriately reflect the rest of the iconic city.

A tight security plan in Public Square

First Person: reflecting on a successful RNC in Cleveland

There was a lot to take in during the RNC last week, from unique participants to a party-like atmosphere. Senior Fresh Water contributor Karin Connelly Rice shares her impressions of the event and how it played out in the 216.

Sun sets as the end of the RNC draws near

A quiet ending to the 2016 RNC

Social media roundup: the final day of the RNC in Cleveland brought soaring temperatures yet a mellower crowd to Public Square and East 4th Street.

Protesters light a flag on fire, causing chaos on E. 4th

Chaos on the street, cat calls in the crowd at Q on night three

Social media roundup: after tensions escalated, then fell, last night at the Q provided its own kind of controlled chaos. The Fresh Water team witnessed it all.
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Regional Economy Founders

julie and shawn warren

julie and shawn warren

City: Lakewood
Meet Julie and Shawn Warren, founders of Erie Design, a family-owned and operated sign company in Lakewood.
lynde vespoli

lynde vespoli

City: Cleveland
Meet Lynde Vespoli, founder of Discover My Cleveland, a destination management company with nine part-time tour directors and one fulltime employee.
todd pownell

todd pownell

City: MidTown
Meet Todd Pownell, owner of TAP by Todd Pownell, a designer jewelry firm in Midtown with a team of four.
fred geis

fred geis

City: Streetsboro
Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.
kurt rote

kurt rote

City: Downtown
Meet Kurt Rote, founder of Western Oncolytics, a developer of novel cancer therapies.
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