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According to some folks who attended the public session last night on the convention center, the meeting got pretty hot.
The common sense location for the convention center could be overridden by political concerns and the pressure to bail out Tower City. Public voices last night put their finger on the tight relationship between Forest City and the GCP.
The problem with the Tower City scenario: the location does not work logistically very well. Conventions are a business of flow — moving people and equipment in and out quickly. To be competitive (and gain market share in a very soft market), Cleveland must excel at logistics.
The Tower City location is too tight to make logistics competitive. The biggest risk of the Tower City/Forest City option, then, is that the public will end up with an expensive, empty box.
One conclusion is clear. After ten years of trying, Cleveland’s leadership does not have a clue about how to design and manage a civic process to get a convention center built.
In case you missed them earlier this week, Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission announced some significant investments in the NEO region and the state. Here are some articles to get you up to speed:
- State initiative seeks top researchers to rebuild Ohio’s economy
- State awards $143 million for tech research
- Kent State awarded more than $14M to study liquid crystals and soft matter
- Area to get state aid for bone and joint research
- Three Ohio universities win $28M aerospace award
- Third Frontier leaders hope fund will stick around longer than expected
You can learn more from the web site. You can download the Powerpoint presentations mentioned in the articles here and here.
Jim Cossler reports from Youngstown:
Syncro Medical Innovations, a portfolio company of the Youngstown Business Incubator, has been awarded a highly competitive $350,000 technology commercialization grant from Ohio’s Third Frontier program.
The funding will be used to help bring to market the company’s proprietary medical feeding tube technology which utilizes external magnets for tube guidance and placement.
Summit County is moving ahead with an initiative to promote revenue sharing among cities and towns within the county. According to Barberton Mayor Bob Genet: ”We want to make sure we are trying to build the region and not take companies from cities within the county.”
May 21st, 2008
Adding overhead might not be the best way to merge the city and county workforce boards.
Usually mergers do the opposite…streamline. It looks like the existing executive directors (one for the City, one for the County) will continue. This merger has really never taken place. Patronage on one side of the WIB is controlled by the City, and the County controls the other side. The Board doesn’t engage much. There’s $15 million to $20 million that flows through the WIB each year. We’ll see what happens.
I’d think the right people would be the ones you want to, and can afford to live downtown:
[Scott Wolstein] sounded quite pleased to share this nugget with the audience about echo boomers: “they demand a great education and you start to see a lot more progress . . . parents (will) follow-through the way they do in the suburbs. That will happen if you get the right people living in this town.”
So, who are the right people? I am guessing he means affluent and probably white. His generalizations about the parents who live in Cleveland and send their children to public school are an insult…