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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.

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Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

Gay Games 9

gay games + aha! light up downtown landscape

Last weekend, downtown Cleveland literally was glowing. Thanks to the coinciding of a handful of marquee events like the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies and AHA! festival of lights and art, downtown was percolating with energy. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski was there to record all the colorful action.

Working on Browns banners at Morgan Litho

groundbreaking from the start: how local companies helped shape the world

From Charles F. Brush to John D. Rockefeller, Cleveland has been home to entrepreneurs with innovations that helped shape the world. We take a look at some of Cleveland’s ground breaking companies -- some old, some new -- to see what makes the company unique, how it achieved its success, and where they stand today. 

Patricia McCorkle, working toward an associate degree, wants to be a sound engineer

for those about to rock, tri-c's music curriculum prepares you for a music-filled career

Any teenager with a smartphone and some ingenuity can record a song and download it to SoundCloud or YouTube. But Cuyahoga Community College’s recording arts and technology program prepares students for all types of positions within the audio industry.

Cleveland Bagel Co.

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.
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Regional Economy Founders

kurt rote

kurt rote

City: Downtown

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

moty avisar and alon geri

moty avisar and alon geri

City: University Circle

Meet Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, co-founders of Surgical Theater, which applies flight simulation technology to brain surgery. 

chuck herman

chuck herman

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Chuck Herman, founder of Specialty Fitness Equipment, a fitness equipment sales company in Bedford Heights with three employees.

bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland

Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 

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.

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