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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.


Cleveland view from Ohio City

Cleveland's millennial brain gain fuels its national resurgence

While Cleveland's urban core is seeing an increase in educated young professionals, neighborhoods are also diversifying and families are moving to the suburbs.

The Refugee Services Collaborative is a group of Cleveland organizations joined to better serve the refugees resettling in Northeast Ohio

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

America's former industrial heartland, which includes Cleveland and nearby cities like Detroit, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, looks to reclaim its past through the attraction of foreign-born residents. 

Ingenuity Fest 2014

This weekend in Cleveland: Ingenuity Festival and more

This weekend, explore IngenuityFest, check out Walk All Over Waterloo, get cultured at International Cleveland Community Day at CMA, view short films at Ohio City Film Festival and more. 

Night Market

Night Market Cleveland brings the nighttime culture of Taiwan and China to Cleveland

Along with promoting Asiatown and Asian culture in Cleveland, Night Market Cleveland is helping launch the careers of a small army of entrepreneurs and artists.

CIA PRISM convocation ceremony 2015 welcoming new students

CIA celebrates campus unification in vibrant Uptown district

For the first time in four decades, CIA is united under one roof, opening a whole new set of possibilities for the innovative art school.
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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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