Sep 27

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, a group of GCP LEAD participants were taken on a hard hat tour of the construction happening on the Opportunity Corridor, a 3-mile boulevard on the east side of Cleveland.

Led by Julie Meyer of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), members of GCP LEAD saw the work that has already been completed during the first two phases of the project, including the widening of E. 105th St. in University Circle, a new bridge, a new RTA platform and the first stretch of new road.

Tour participants were also taken to the initial construction areas of the third and final phase, including the first stage of bridge construction and major utility work being done at the western end of the project.

Ultimately, the Opportunity Corridor will serve as a catalyst for new economic development, new jobs and a new community identity by connecting E. 105th St. to I-490 at E. 55th St.

“Getting this transformative infrastructure project from concept to construction has taken the collective effort and input of a substantial amount of state, regional and local partners. This generational investment – spearheaded by ODOT and the City of Cleveland – positions this area for business growth and development opportunities for the next several decades,” said Chris Urban, Director, Physical Development at GCP.

“It’s really important that investments as significant as Opportunity Corridor continue to engage our community stakeholders, and this GCP LEAD tour is just one way we are able to do that.”

GCP LEAD is an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from GCP member companies, who dive into a “GCP immersion experience” by participating in, and learning more about, GCP’s current work and partnerships.

“The Opportunity Corridor Tour is one of several exclusive activities that GCP LEAD participants get to experience that provides an in-depth look at economic development projects and initiatives impacting Northeast Ohio. All of these experiences are specifically planned to get the next generation of leaders involved and invested in Cleveland’s economic development agenda,” said Angela Finding, Senior Director, Education and Workforce at GCP.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 GCP LEAD Cohort 5, which will begin meeting in January 2020. The deadline for nominations is December 6, 2019.