Category Archives: Economic Development

Cleveland Rocks at the 2014 TEAM NEO’s regional business awards event

The top awards for economic development initiatives were handed out during the eighth annual Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards, held this summer at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center. More than 400 business and community leaders, economic developers, politicians and chamber of commerce representatives from throughout the northeast Ohio region were on hand to acknowledge the economic growth occurring in this area.

The Department of Public Utilities, an event sponsor, was well represented by Cleveland Water Commissioner Alex Margevicius, Christine Leyda, assistant commissioner of sales for Cleveland Public Power as well as CPP sales representatives Wesley Tarver, Dale Gallis and Kimberly Smith-Woodford.

Alex Margevicius, Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water and Christine Leyda assistant commissioner of Sales for Cleveland Public Power.

Alex Margevicius, Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water and Christine Leyda assistant commissioner of Sales for Cleveland Public Power.

Two City of Cleveland departments came away winners for their outstanding work in economic development and job creation.  The City’s Economic Development team lead by Director Tracey Nichols received two awards during the evening.  The first, in the category of Asset Creation for work done on The Global Center for Health Innovation project which is the premier state-of the art facility in Cleveland at 1 St. Clair Avenue, and sits adjacent to the new Cleveland Convention Center.  What makes the honor more special is that, The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare presented on four themed floors and serves health and healthcare innovation, technology, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings.

Representing the City of Cleveland's Economic Development Department are its Director, Tracey Nichols and David Lukas, project coordinator.

Representing the City of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department are its Director, Tracey Nichols and David Lukas, project coordinator.

The second honor received by Nichols’ team was in the category of Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration for creating the Adopt a City pro bono program.  Mayor Jackson puts a big emphasis on creating jobs for our community.  He has assembled a world class Economic Development Team and we are honored to have been recognized for the hard work and innovation as exhibited in our projects, “said Nichols.

The final award presented to the City of Cleveland was accepted by Michael Curry from the Office of Equal Opportunity in the Minority Business Development category for the Cleveland Benefits Agreement program.  The initiative first announced by Mayor Jackson in 2012, has helped to serve as a catalyst for job creation and job development in the construction and trades industries.   Under the direction of the City’s Public Affairs Chief, Natoya Walker-Minor, the CBA is changing the way Cleveland does business through a collaborative commitment with business, civic, labor and trade organizations.

Throughout the evening of salutes, a reoccurring theme was – to return the NEO region to being one of the most vibrant robust areas in the Midwest and to advance it with a strong global work force, thus creating a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Written by Kimberly Smith-Woodford

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CPP powering Cleveland’s revitalization

Warmer weather brings about an increase in construction in northeast Ohio, from the legendary “orange barrels” that greet commuters to the lane closures brought on by the renovation and rehabilitation of downtown structures.

This week we caught up with Cleveland Public Power crews splicing cable on E. 9th and Euclid and another crew pouring and finishing concrete just a block up on E. 9th and Prospect.

A renaissance is taking place in Cleveland and CPP crews are working hard to get the job done!

Cable splicing

CPP Cable Splicer Bill Baran splices cable in a manhole on E. 9th & Euclid Avenue.

Cement Finisher

Cleveland Public Power Cement Finisher Theresa Harris gathers tools to finish a block of concrete on E. 9th & Prospect.

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City of Cleveland schedules additional meetings on proposed CREG Center

OEPA extends comment period until February 23, 2012

On Thursday, January 26, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the second in a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period. Residents will have three minutes to offer a comment or pose a question.

Additional community meetings will be held on February 8, 2012 at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.; and February 9, 2012 at Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The deadline for submission has been extended until February 23, 2012.

WHO:     CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:    Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:   Thursday, January 26, 2012

6-9 p.m.

WHERE:     Zelma George Recreation Center

3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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White Paper says Waste-to-Energy projects have significant benefits

The City of Cleveland and its electric utility Cleveland Public Power have been investigating the merits of a waste-to-energy facility for more than two years to ensure they had the best viable option to present to the community.

Many in the environmental community have come out against the project citing White Papers from 2009 and exaggerated numbers as the basis for their opposition.

Just last week, The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) released a White Paper entitled, “Waste-to-Energy Facilities Provide Significant Economic Benefits.”

It is a good read and they utilize information from facilities that are currently operating in the United States. Key to this paper is that they also give a little glimpse into why failed projects are not the norm.

So if you want to know more about utilizing waste to produce energy check out their White Paper here.

If you want to hear more from the City of Cleveland, please join us for a Community Meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Rd. The meeting is from 6-9 p.m. and will include a question and answer session after the presentation.

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Eastabrook Recreation Center site of Community Meeting on CREG Center

On Thursday, January 19, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the first of a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The current deadline for submission is January 23, 2012. If the deadline is extended, the City of Cleveland will send additional notices announcing the extension.

The City will also host a meeting on January 26, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Zelma George Recreation Center, 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

WHO:        CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

                  Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

                   Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:        Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:       Thursday, January 19, 2012

                     6-9 p.m.

 WHERE:     Estabrook Recreation Center

                    4125 Fulton Road

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Proposed CREG Center will increase recycling, generate electricity, reduce costs and create jobs in Cleveland

The Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG) will allow Cleveland to maximize recycling, reduce dumping at landfills, and generate electricity while reducing city operating costs and creating jobs. It is a sustainable solution to the economic and environmental challenges of waste disposal and the need for alternative energy sources today and in the future. The net effect of the CREG Center will reduce the City’s overall carbon footprint.

Here are some facts about how the CREG Center will work:

  • The City of Cleveland will implement automated trash pick up and curbside recycling citywide. Every household will receive a container for recyclable materials to be placed out for convenient pick up.
  • Recyclables and municipal waste will be taken to a state-of-the-art material recovery facility (MRF) where waste will be sorted to ensure that all recyclable materials are recovered, and that hazardous materials, including products containing mercury, are removed from the waste stream.
  • Recyclables will be sold, creating an additional revenue source for the City. Hazardous materials will be disposed of properly. And the remaining municipal solid waste will be converted into fuel pellets.
  • The fuel pellets will then be gasified to create steam. This steam will do two jobs: generate electricity and then sterilize additional waste prior to pelletization.
  • The facility itself is projected to create up to 150 new jobs.

 Understanding the impact.

  • Gasification is not incineration. Rather, high heat and limited oxygen convert batches of solid waste fuel pellets into a synthetic gas and ash. The synthetic gas can be used to generate steam and therefore electricity. Potentially, the ash could be used to create decorative bricks, creating an additional revenue stream.
  • Emissions: What we put into the gasification process determines what comes out as emissions. The CREG Center will use a stringent pre-sort process to remove both recyclables and products containing harmful substances like mercury in an effort to reduce or prevent toxic emissions. In other words, if we don’t allow mercury and other toxins into the gasification process, we will not have mercury and other toxins coming out of the gasification process.
  • Truck traffic:  Overall, truck traffic will slightly increase – by about one trip (a truck either coming or going) per hour during daily truck operation times. The increase will be due to the additional trucks needed for citywide curbside recycling pickup. This increase is offset in part by a decrease of 20 tractor-trailer trips per day. Currently tractor-trailers are used primarily to haul waste to the landfill. With the CREG Center, the majority of the tractor-trailer trips will be to recycling mills.

To learn more about the project visit http://www.cpp.org/CREGCenter.html


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Advanced Energy Expo September 24th

This is a photovoltaic array, a sample of some of the advanced energy technolgy that will be on display.

It’s Talk Back Tuesday, but instead of answering customer concerns we want to share with you an exciting event coming to our area next week!

Cleveland Public Power is pleased to host the 1st Advanced Energy Expo to be held in the City. The Expo will be held Friday, September 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Tower City, and is an opportunity for advanced energy and energy efficiency companies to exhibit their technology and provide the public an opportunity to learn more about their products.

Attendees will have the opportunity to help shape regional and international perspectives about the importance of advanced energy and technology. We are encouraging exhibitors at this event to take this opportunity to unveil their latest developments, demonstrate current state of the art technologies and share experiences and expertise with like minded individuals. In addition, residents and area businesses attending this event will greatly benefit from the presence of these companies.

So if you are curious about advanced energy, and would like to see up close and personal some of the manufacturers making a name for themselves in this field, stop by Tower City, 230 W. Huron Rd. on Friday, September 24th from 9 a.m until 3 p.m. and take a look!

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