The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending that the Ohio Legislature include financing for over a dozen regional priority projects in the state’s 2020 Capital Budget.
The GCP—the largest chamber of commerce in Ohio—has historically participated in the state capital bill process by prioritizing Northeast Ohio projects and advocating their importance to the legislature and Administration. This process has yielded success in years past; in the state’s 2018 capital bill, Cuyahoga County projects received more than $20 million in funding, more than half of which went to projects recommended by GCP.
Speaking about GCP’s list of priorities, Joe Roman, President and CEO, stated, “Each of this year’s projects are rooted in GCP’s strategic plan, Forward CLE, and Northeast Ohio’s public and economic development priorities. We’ve placed the strongest emphasis on projects that will yield high-impact opportunities, consistent with Forward CLE’s focus on places with impact.”
Projects within this scope include a center of innovation that fosters economic growth, an initiative to make broadband affordable and accessible and the creation of a mixed-use campus to provide critical support to mothers with the goal of reducing black infant mortality rates in Greater Cleveland.
The following projects were categorized as strategic priorities for the region:
- Center for Innovation – A new four-story 100,000 square foot Center for Innovation anchored by JumpStart and other key institutions and businesses. The building will be designed to foster interaction between students, researchers and scientists, faculty, community residents and entrepreneurs.
- Empower CLE – An initiative designed to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable access to broadband for the un- and under-connected in Greater Cleveland, addressing the digital divide.
- Birthing Beautiful Communities – Development of a 2.6-acre site into a mixed-use campus that includes a 6,780 square foot birthing center and 20 apartments for housing black women. The campus will increase options and aim to improve the health outcomes for the African American community in Cleveland.
- Centro Villa25 – An adaptive reuse of a vacant 32,500 square foot warehouse and office building with an additional 20,000 square foot expansion to serve as a business incubator in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland. The project will create an outdoor plaza space and indoor gallery.
- Cleveland Foodbank Facility Expansion – Renovation and expansion of the current facility to include a larger production kitchen, a food pantry, additional cold storage and distribution space and provide capacity for partner agencies.
- Karamu House Campus Phase III – Funding for upgrades and renovations to the main arts campus in the Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.
- Sears think[box] Phase V – Supporting final construction that will fully operationalize the think[box] building, which will serve as the largest publicly accessible university innovation center in the nation.
GCP is also supporting projects from the following organizations that connect to broader public and economic development goals in the region:
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – for a capital campaign to expand its main facility.
- University Hospitals – for a Center for Advanced Pediatric Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry.
- MetroHealth – for a Rehabilitation Research Institute.
- Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District – for the West Creek Bank Stabilization project.
- The Group Plan Commission – for Cleveland Public Square upgrades.
- The African American Cultural Gardens – for build-out of the garden’s final structures.
- The Foundry – for a Cuyahoga River Heritage Center.
- Port of Cleveland – for cargo processing technology enhancement and cruise terminal improvements.
- Cleveland Metroparks – for capital upgrades at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
This initial list may be updated as additional information becomes available.
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.