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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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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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Delegates return home from Far East with positive outlook

The Cleveland delegation visiting the Far East returned on Saturday. After a long week of visits to manufacturing plants and observing the different processes for transforming waste into energy, Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson reports, “The consensus is that we learned a lot and believe that this is a real opportunity for the City. Both technical and economic development opportunities appear real and sound.”

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Visit to Shanghai bodes well for potential economic development

The group spent the morning at a waste to energy facility in Shanghai that incinerates MSW to fire a boiler and produces electricity. Their process was the first of its kind in China and is  amazing yet it has several problems our project would overcome. The smell there was offensive

Panoramic view of Shanghai skyline.
Panoramic view of Shanghai skyline.

and on a hot muggy day it can be overpowering.

After that we met with a number of companies that expressed interest in locating in Cleveland. Discussions with these companies confirmed the project’s economic development aspirations

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The Road to Shanghai

It was an uneventful flight from Japan to China today. Once in China, and on the road to Shanghai, we witnessed a couple unusual sights that reminded us of how different life is here. Nonetheless, we were awed by the endless high rise buildings that are home to the 16 million people here. We had a late introduction and dinner meeting with a boiler and a turbine manufacturer and also the design engineers of the waste to energy plant we will visit tomorrow. That plant does not gasify the waste, instead it incinerates it. What we will see relevant to our desired process is the sorting steps they use at that facility and the production of syngas from MSW and the production of power from that syngas.

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Delegates close out visit to Japan

As the delegates begin to wrap up their time in Japan, they visited the Vendor Headquarters and resumed the Q&A sessions. They have found the management team and president of the company to be very receptive to the many pointed questions, and impressed with the types of questions being posed. In closing remarks they were reminded of an inspirational saying that in essence urged you “to be ready to move forward when opportunities arise and not to give up, instead work through any obstacles you may face.” The next activity was to visit a customer that uses the gasification system. Housed at this site is a state-of-the-art medical lab, which uses the gasifier to dispose of expensive medical waster. The operation was impressive as was the facility layout. Located in a residential area, the facility did not seem out of place – and if you did not know what it was, you would not have known it was there. The delegates videotaped the tour of the facility while it was in operation, giving a first hand view of the technology living up to its reputation. The day ended with a meeting at a possible brick making company, and candid conversations about what had been seen thus far.

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Plain Dealer reports on fact-finding mission

The fact-finding mission to Asia has generated some publicity from Cleveland’s daily newspaper The Plain Dealer. Reporter John Funk writes about the trip on the front page of today’s business section.

You will find more here.

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CPP leaders visit China, Japan to investigate MSWE plants

Saturday, August 22, the City of Cleveland will lead a delegation to China and Japan on a week long fact finding mission to observe solid waste to energy conversion facilities in operation.  The Group will also meet with foreign advanced energy companies to discuss locating their U.S. operations in Cleveland. The delegation is composed of Richard Stuebi from the Cleveland Foundation; Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the City of Cleveland; Ivan Henderson, Interim Assistant Director of Public Utilities; Ron Owens, Commissioner of Waste Collection; Jose Hernandez, Engineer at the Cleveland Water Department; Councilman Matthew Zone; Larry Marquis from American Municipal Power; and Rahim Rahim from RNR Consulting.  The delegation will visit facilities that utilize gasification to produce electric power by processing municipal solid waste in a patented process that presents near zero environmental emissions. While abroad, the team will visit Kinsei Sangyo Co. Ltd., Marutoku Environmental Services and BML Corporation in Takasaki, Japan.  The delegation will also tour the state of the art Shanghai Pu-tong Municipal Solid Waste to Energy plant in China.

Although the technology has been used abroad for over 30 years, Cleveland would offer the first U.S. application.  Coupled with the City’s recycling program, Cleveland’s approach would be the first of its kind.

“Cleveland’s facility would serve as a foundation to nurture the growth of the advanced energy technology industry, facilitate the business development of local advanced energy companies and to propel Cleveland and the region to the front of the international stage of advanced energy technology development,” Mayor Jackson explained.

“This project is one way to attract foreign investment and jobs to Cleveland as new businesses emerge and as the advanced energy market grows in Cleveland and World-wide,” said Public Utilities Director Barry Withers.

This fact finding mission comes on the heels of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit which took place last week; the waste to energy project is part of Mayor Jackson’s movement to redefine Cleveland’s economy through sustainability.  CPP would use the electricity from the facility to help meet its Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard goals established in legislation passed last year that set goals for advanced and renewable energy in CPP’s power supply at 15% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 25% by 2025.

CPP commenced research and development efforts for the municipal solid waste to energy project dating back to 2007.

“CPP’s approach is a true sustainability model featuring recycling and waste-to-energy technology that minimizes wastes, produces electricity and has low environmental impact,” said Assistant Director Henderson.

Earlier this year, the Mayor formed a Steering Team composed of City of Cleveland employees and leaders in the community to investigate the feasibility of moving forward with the development of a MSWE plant in Cleveland. This trip abroad is part of that investigation, and will offer the team members the opportunity to see first hand the operation of a MSWE facility in person. The Steering Team’s role is to help guide and develop the project.


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