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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

The Asian Town Center

Asian-born developer promotes cuisine, culture and entrepreneurship

Eric Duong, an entrepreneur born in Vietnam, opened the Asian Town Center with just three tenants in the midst of the recession. Yet today, the development houses 20 businesses with more on the way.

Hyland Software

Cleveland tech companies search for creative ways to fill talent gap

While there are thousands of software development jobs available in Northeast Ohio, skilled code wranglers are not so easy to find. Local firms are finding other means to find and keep new programmers.  

Cleveland Pride Parade

This weekend in Cleveland: Night Market, Pride, Waterloo Arts Fest and more

This weekend, feast on authentic Asian cuisine at the first-ever Night Market, celebrate LGBTQQA progress at Cleveland Pride, explore Waterloo Arts Fest, play free pinball in Coventry and more. 

Detroit skyline

Four cities come together in Detroit to learn & take lessons home

Leaders from Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans and Durham are meeting this week in Detroit for a second of four meetings to discuss how to increase entrepreneurial activity and connectivity in distressed neighborhoods. The last meeting will occur in Cleveland in June 2016.

Startup Scaleup in Gordon Square

Startup Scaleup brings 1,200 entrepreneurs to Gordon Square

JumpStart's inaugural Startup Scaleup offered talks, networking and resources in a day-long event at Gordon Square.
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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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