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The Republican National Convention takeaway for the city and its residents: Cleveland delivered!
GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with WTAM’s Bill Snyder about the extremely positive feedback from delegates, visitors and the media about their experience here last week, what this means for the city going forward, and more. Click to listen.
By Joe Roman
President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee
Opening Night: North Coast Harbor has NEVER looked so good, nor the lakefront more promising….over 12,000 guests, donors, delegates and media attended in perfect weather.
Personally, I remember when, over 20 years ago, Cleveland Tomorrow, our predecessor, and North Coast Harbor, where Dave Gilbert worked at the time, were working just to make sure people knew we had a harbor and park again.
Then came the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, a new stadium for the Cleveland Browns, and—just before the RNC—a new restaurant. With more to come.
I just wished that Senator Voinovich, the namesake of the park, could have seen it in all its full glory.
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Here are a few of the positive stories about Cleveland, suggesting that the message is getting through that the city has moved well beyond its past.
Washington Post: We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.
Chicago Tribune: Cleveland, a city on the rebound
Inside Edition: From doom to boom: Home to RNC, Cleveland is surging after years of urban decay
Wall Street Journal (video): The Cleveland business leaders behind the GOP convention
By Paul Marnecheck
Membership Development Manager, Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE
Read about Paul's experience from the journal he kept:
Monday: This was my first full day as the guest INTHECLE Tweeter. The day began very positive. No traffic problems coming into work. The town looked and felt amazing.
Checked in as WAYFINDER @ Noon in Tower City and was assigned E. 4th and Prospect, which turned out to be where the main entrance to the Convention Center was!
Got to see people from across U.S. all decked out in the political garb (hats, pins, buttons) including the OH delegation wearing buttons honoring former long time ORP Chair Bob Bennett...
In the evening, I was able to attend a dinner at TAZA on West 6th hosted by the Cleveland Lebanese-American Community for the Lebanese-American Members of Congress...I also managed to make it onto the TODAY Show doing a Trump impression for SNL’s Colin Jost.
Thursday: July 21: This was my last volunteer shift. I estimate I took 100 photos for people... Click to read more about Paul’s experience.
Above photo: Paul Marnecheck (right) with Jonathan Harris, a branch manager for Portage County District Library, who created a buzz with his “Make America Read Again” campaign.
After two years of bidding, planning, execution and deep breaths, the 2016 Republican National Convention is getting under way here in Cleveland. Fencing and signs are up to guide traffic, pedestrians, and parades throughout our downtown for the next 7-10 days.
Meanwhile, with some adjustments, many people will be following their daily routines throughout the week. To help you through the bustle of activities and people, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee has put together some tips via its Community Update newsletter. Click for details.
In this month’s interview, GCP President and CEO Joe Roman talks with Bill Wills, co-host of WTAM’s “Wills and Snyder,” about how the many investments made to help the city get ready to host the 2016 Republican Convention will continue to pay dividends for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio residents for months and years to come after the big event.
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