Cleveland, Ohio—State leaders today introduced Ohio’s state capital bill legislation that assists a wide range of projects that include providing better public access to Cleveland’s lakefront. More than $30 million was included for economic development and arts projects in the Cleveland area.
Late last year, Governor Kasich asked the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) to develop a unified priority list of projects for economic development funding as part of this legislation. GCP staff and members worked with Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other community leaders to develop a list that would maximize the economic development potential for our region.
Key among the projects included in the legislation:
Cleveland Lakefront Access Project - $5 million
Flats Riverfront Park - $3.5 million
Euclid Waterfront Improvement Plan - $ 1 million
Gordon Square Arts District - $1 million
New Economy Neighborhood in Fairfax Neighborhood- $500,000
“This is a good day for Cleveland,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. “It is clear Governor Kasich and our legislative leaders understand the importance of encouraging private development in Cleveland’s lakefront and waterfront. The projects recommended for funding will have an immediate impact on residents and businesses in Cuyahoga County.”
Mayor Jackson said it is important that the state is supporting Cleveland’s plan for the future. “These projects will help us fulfill our larger vision of building a sustainable future for Cleveland and will build on the significant investment that is taking place in Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson. “The State funds will help us continue the positive momentum we have as a region.”
This is the first capital budget where arts projects were evaluated through a separate statewide arts process. Cleveland is fortunate to be home to several projects that are recommended for funding, including: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the PlayhouseSquare Ohio Theater.
The legislation is expected to move swiftly through the Ohio General Assembly.
About the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. www.gcpartnership.com.
For additional information on GCP’s capital bill prioritization process, please click here.