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    City of Cleveland Awarded Two 2014 Team NEO Plus Awards

    Team NEO Write ups of winning City of Cleveland projects are as follows:

    1) Asset Creation
    BioEnterprise, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County, Greater Cleveland Partnership, MetroHealth System, Positively Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals
    The Global Center, once billed as the medical mart, is a showcase for the leading-edge of health care technology. Built as part of the $465 million Cleveland Convention Center project, it opened in October 2103, ahead of schedule and under budget. But there was a time when its success looked doubtful. The project launched officially in 2007, when Cuyahoga County passed a sales tax to fund it. But when county executive Ed FitzGerald took office in January 2011, he realized it had gotten off track. Few local health systems and companies were committed to the project and there was little buy-in nationally. FitzGerald called on Toby Cosgrove, the Cleveland Clinic's CEO, to help form a steering committee. Cosgrove had introduced the idea for a medical innovation, technology and equipment showcase to Cleveland. The steering committee included leaders from 11 local organizations, including University Hospitals, BioEnterprise, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, MetroHealth System, Sisters of Charity Health System and Positively Cleveland. They convinced global companies and organizations such as GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Johnson Controls and Siemens to join in. With the Global Center and convention center open, more health care-related conferences are coming to Cleveland. 

    2) Business Expansion - Fewer Than 100 Jobs
    City of Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Ohio Means Jobs
    Project: Dakota Software and SS&G Projects
    The city of Cleveland's Job Creation Incentive Program Grant helped two businesses - Dakota Software Corp. and SS&G - relocate and consolidate or expand their businesses to the downtown area. The grant provides money to offset costs associated with relocation and expansion based on job creation and new payroll. Both companies chose the dazzling Playhouse Square district. Dakota Software Corp., which had outgrown its Beachwood and Rochester, New York, offices consolidated operations downtown, bringing 55 new jobs and $4.5 million in payroll by 2016 and receiving a total of $114, 000 in grant money. SS&G will bring 17 new jobs and $4 million in payroll downtown and receive $83,750 in grant money - all while maintaining its corporate headquarters in Solon. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance showed SS&G and Dakota how downtown's amenities and ongoing investments made it a good place to bring its operations. The efforts of DCA and the city of Cleveland kept Dakota from consolidating its operations in Rochester rather than Cleveland. Likewise, SS&G was considering an out-of-state location.