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It's real and it feels terrific!

Here at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, we join countless others in offering our congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champs!

This victory is sweet—spelling the end of Cleveland’s 52-year major sports championship drought.

But you can also look at it another way.

We all know that our professional sports teams are tremendous economic assets. Yes, the names have changed. But the facilities now named Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field were the initial catalysts of downtown Cleveland’s multibillion-dollar rebirth.

New hotels, housing, restaurants, entertainment venues and more followed because of those two buildings. Thousands of jobs were created because of The Q and Progressive Field

And it’s ongoing.

Downtown Cleveland’s revitalization continues to be a draw to young people who want to live and work there. Cleveland companies have an easier time recruiting out-of-town employee prospects now that our downtown is vibrant and offers diverse activities.

The Cavs’ NBA championship—and the international attention it brings—is another opportunity to showcase the reinvention of our city. It give us yet another chance to tell the world why we’re so proud of our town.

The momentum is intensifying and will continue to build next month from July 18-21 when the spotlight will again be on The Q for the Republican National Convention.

But in the meantime, see you at the parade celebrating the Cavs’ championship on Wednesday.

Where else but in reborn downtown Cleveland!

Image from: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/champions-160619?ls=splash.