Numerous partnerships and corporations are helping to get the city and its neighborhoods back on track.
Forbes recently included Cleveland among the 15 U.S. cities with emerging downtowns. The New York Post said, “Cleveland is seeing a revival.” Fortune Magazine went so far as to call Cleveland a “new Brooklyn,” comparing three of our trendiest neighborhoods to Williamsburg.
I appreciated Cleveland State student Evan Schultz’s reaction to this label: “I think that Cleveland more or less wants to be its own kind of place. I don’t think they want to be another Brooklyn … They just want to be Cleveland.”
Make no mistake: Cleveland wants to be a different Cleveland. Even the most ardent Cleveland naysayers no longer deny that there’s a renaissance emanating from downtown. This is a city that is reinventing and reimaging for the future.
I believe this renaissance is occurring in large part because of our city’s existing strong foundation: an industry base in health care — including some of our nation’s best hospitals — and advanced manufacturing; a vibrant arts and culture scene; and the presence of many large companies, such as KeyBank, Sherwin-Williams, Lubrizol, and Progressive, headquartered in Northeast Ohio.
It’s projected that between 2011 and 2022, there will be 150,000 new jobs in Cleveland. That means that in 2022, employment in Cleveland will be at a 20-year high with an estimated 2.57 million workers.
Cleveland is uniquely positioned for significant economic growth. It is an exciting time for all of us to be in Cleveland, particularly for an urban institution like Cleveland State.
But what role do we play in our city’s transformation? We are an active and engaged partner.
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