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The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development provides technical assistance, creative financing and educational opportunities that will ensure a vibrant economic future for the region. Our mission is to provide assistance to businesses expanding within or relocating to the City of Cleveland: including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance that will encourage investment in the community to enhance the lives of our citizens.

The Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation (CCDC) is the approval authority for Economic Development loans and grants under $250,000. CCDC provides recommendations to Cleveland City Council on loans over $250,000 and also reviews loan requests approved by City administration and financed by the Department of Economic Development. The CCDC Board of Trustees and Loan Review Committee are appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. The team includes community representatives that include bankers, finance professionals, and community development professionals as well as elected or appointed City officials.



JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to lead Ohio in the attraction, retention, and expansion of business. By working at the speed of business, JobsOhio will assist in driving economic development across the State of Ohio. JobsOhio focuses on strategic industry sectors and business functions in areas of statewide and regional strength.

 

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Downtown Cleveland Alliance is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. DCA works hand-in-hand with Downtown stakeholders to enhance the quality of life in NEO's urban core by implementing initiatives like the Clean & Safe Program, economic development assistance, marketing & special events, advocacy and strategic projects.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance has served ten years as the only organization focused exclusively on making Downtown Cleveland the region’s most compelling place to live, work and play. As an Alliance, DCA does not work alone. DCA works with many allies—property owners, neighborhood partners, public officials, residents, commercial real estate professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs, young professionals, foundations and other civic leaders—to advance Downtown’s growth and development. As the logo illustrates, DCA acts as the thought leader, strategist, tactician, convener, connector and advocate that works to put together the puzzle pieces of a strong, vibrant Downtown.


FirstEnergy Corp. is a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

We are dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 17,000 megawatts.

Our company has invested $10 billion in environmental efforts since 1970, and we have a continuing commitment to cleaner energy resources, smarter technology and a more sustainable planet.


PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Through the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, PNC actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

 

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Accrinet is a digital agency that assists economic development organizations in leveraging the Web to attract companies into the region, cultivate entrepreneurial efforts, manage and grow membership, raise money, publicize causes and communicate with key constituencies.



AngelouEconomics is a leading economic consulting firm with expertise in strategic economic development plans, strategic business planning and development, economic research and analysis, public policy, litigation support, site selection, marketing and branding, public-private partnerships, international entrepreneurial accelerator programs, smart cities and smart strategies. Our mission is to create the best economic growth strategies for our clients, which enables them to use sound economic advice to improve their economic competitiveness, talent attraction efforts and strengthen their assets and resources. Over the last 20 years, we have served over 650 clients across the world. Principal Executive Officer, Angelos Angelou, was the chief architect of Austin's rapid transformation into a global technology hub, a founding member of the Site Selector's Guild, founder of the International Accelerator and co-founder and CEO of U.S. Gateway Services.



Community Systems first started developing software for the economic development industry in 2006, as the development team within Atlas Advertising.

Community Systems focuses on helping economic developers turn casual browsers into qualified conversations with prospects. To do this, we build products for the industry that support a variety of content including website content, spatial content (properties and companies), prospect records, prospect responses, and more.

This focus has led us to provide a complete software collection to manage this content for community CEOs, marketers, business developers, and researchers.

Community Systems partners 200+ EDOs in 40+ states to provide industry leading websites, GIS systems, and more. Our founder, Ben Wright, currently sits on the International Economic Development Council Board, and has been in the profession for 23 years.



BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain, industrial goods and low-sulfur coal that help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. And we are working continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.



Need help with technology? We are software experts!

PA Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Tier I Cloud Solutions Provider. Our deep industry expertise makes us THE choice for public sector and nonprofit organizations. We provide industry-specific apps and expert consultants that help companies achieve true digital transformation. We aren’t just software implementation pros. We will partner with you and help model your organization for the future.

Visit www.pa-group.us to learn about Economic Development 365, Student Engagement 365, and other Microsoft Cloud solutions.



DCI is "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract both investors and visitors. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including branding, websites, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (California, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Louisville) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland and Peru), to name a few. DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto.



Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The world leader in GIS, ESRI technology is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, and more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. ESRI's Business Analyst suite brings geography and business intelligence together, allowing economic developers to view data in revealing geographic patterns that enable better decision making. Learn more about site selection, business attraction/retention, and demographic analysis. Visit ESRI in the exhibit hall and at www.esri.com/econdev.



Shopping centers are America's marketplace, representing economic growth, environmental responsibility, and community strength. Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its over 65,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and more than 75 other countries represent owners, developers, retailers, lenders, and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. For information about ICSC and the shopping center industry, please visit www.icsc.org.



Established by IEDC Board member Mark O'Connell, OCO Global has been providing economic development solutions for over 15 years to leading organizations such as Enterprise Florida, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Jobs Ohio, UK Trade and Investment, JETRO, Invest Hong Kong, UNCTAD and WAIPA. We also work with leading consulting firms such as PwC and EY in support of delivery as well as many private sector companies that we assist on their internationalization journey. With headquarters in Belfast, UK and offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo, we employ a multinational and multilingual staff of over 60 full time consultants specializing in Trade and Investment. For further information, please see www.ocoglobal.com.



Resource Development Group was established in 1995 to provide experienced fundraising counsel to economic and community development organizations. RDG has worked with a wide variety of clients including chambers of commerce, community improvement corporations and economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels throughout the United States. We conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring in addition to our customized capital campaign solutions. Although we handle projects of all sizes and scopes, our specific expertise is managing multi-faceted fundraising initiatives in complex regions comprised of multiple political jurisdictions.

Our team of seasoned professionals includes five principals, three of whom are owners and has more than a century of collective experience in the art and science of economic development fundraising. We have managed more than 150 economic/community development funding engagements generating over $1.5 billion in operating revenue for our client organizations.

 

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Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.2 billion and 2014 grants of $98 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS


American Express OPEN is a leading payment card issuer for small businesses in the United States and supports business owners and entrepreneurs with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This includes business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards, savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners and online tools and services designed to help improve profitability. American Express OPEN is dedicated to helping small business do more business.

About Small Business Saturday: Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. November 26th marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that can help create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Learn more about Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small Movement at ShopSmall.com.


Ann Arbor SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor region by establishing the area as a desired place for business expansion and location…by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.



Business Facilities magazine delivers a steady flow of editorial focused on readers' strategic needs. News features; how-to articles; real estate updates; and state, local, and national reports prompt readers to contact advertisers for more information.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is a unique event that connects economic development professionals with senior-level executives actively seeking new locations.

Business Facilities Location Microsites on BusinessFacilities.com are custom-made to highlight your location's strengths and educate executives who are actively seeking information about your community.

Business Facilities 'Online Site Seekers' Guide is the most comprehensive database of economic development agencies across the U.S. and around the world. Contact information is provided for agencies at the state, regional, county and city level. Reach more than 60,000 corporate site selectors who are searching for new locations in 2016.



At Chmura Economics & Analytics, we help our clients move beyond the role of data consumers to becoming experts at discerning good analytics from bad. We accomplish this by advising our clients to ask the right questions about the market and hone in on the economic drivers most critical to their needs. By asking the right questions, we work with our clients and build fit-to-purpose analytical solutions. As data scientists we help our clients answer big data questions, quickly. To respond effectively to the variety of fact-based evidence our clients need, we have a very diverse team of people with backgrounds such as PhD economists, statisticians, computer scientists and transformation strategists. Our JobsEQ® technology platform is widely used by economic developers and site selectors around the nation.



At CLE is Ohio’s busiest airport, serving more than 9 million passengers annually. It’s positioned within 500 miles of 43 percent of the U.S. population. And for Northeast Ohio travelers, the airport is close—just 12 miles away from downtown Cleveland. Travelers also have the option to take the rail to CLE, a connection that, when added in 1968, was another first in the country.

CLE’s modern-day innovations focus on customer service. The new AIRMALL, FlightView Screens and communications using social media are making the airport first once again, but this time with travelers.



Cuyahoga County, Ohio, as the core county of the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area, is home to roughly 1.2 million people and a global reputation in healthcare and the arts. In 2010, Cuyahoga voters chartered a new county government, one which unified eight formerly independent elected offices under a County Executive and Council. Armond Budish took office as the County Executive in January of 2015. He is the second Executive to serve in the County’s history. As County Executive, Mr. Budish has outlined a forward looking and innovative agenda to improve the lives of County residents. “Jobs, jobs, and jobs” are the top priorities of his administration. Learn more at www.cuyahogacounty.us.



The Greater Cleveland Partnership was created in March 2004 by the consolidation of Cleveland Tomorrow, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the Greater Cleveland Roundtable and their primary affiliates— the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, COSE and the Commission on Economic Inclusion. Through this merger, the private sector is able to better allocate two of its most precious resources—dollars and committed leadership—toward creating a more vibrant economy in Northeast Ohio—as well as speak with one voice on behalf of job- and wealth-creation priorities locally, in Columbus, and in Washington, D.C.

With more than 8,500 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is a membership association of Northeast Ohio companies and organizations and one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the nation. Our organizational core includes the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), a one-stop resource for our small-business member companies.



K&D Corporate Housing prides itself on perfection and the commitment to provide the best quality corporate housing available. This comprehensive service includes convenience, comfort and luxury for short- or long-term stays with a minimum 30 day requirement. Within your home, you will enjoy fantastic amenities unique to each community.

K&D is the leading housing developer in the Downtown Cleveland area. We are now offering brand new, fully furnished corporate apartments in the heart of downtown which include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile kitchen floors, new housewares and complete kitchen, bedroom and bath packages. At these Downtown Cleveland locations, you will be just minutes away from the Playhouse Square Theater District. With its convenient location on the RTA busline, you will have hassle-free transportation to anywhere your heart desires.



NAIOP is a leading commercial real estate industry provider of unparalleled networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative representation. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, began in 1967and has retained through all these years its core group of developer members. The association began as a small group of owners and developers of industrial parks in the eastern U.S. who formed the National Association of Industrial Parks (NAIP) to facilitate a forum for the open exchange of information on development. They also had a need for standardized covenants and restrictions, building requirements, and beneficial legislation and taxation. Nine individuals first met on September 12, 1967, in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Over the years, NAIOP has attracted members who are committed to excellence, entrepreneurial in spirit, and want to reach new heights in building excellence.



Since 1977, National Community Development Services (NCDS) has conducted over 700 campaigns for community and economic development organizations in 46 states, raising over $1.7 billion. More than 100 of these campaigns have been return engagements to generate fresh capital to renew previous programs. NCDS is known as a fast track campaign company, specializing in on-time, over goal campaigns. The firm introduced the strategic initiative concept to economic development organizations in 1977, which enabled hundreds of communities to gain major funding increases for new multi-year development programs, especially from the private sector. Visit us at on the web at www.ncdsinc.net.



Ohio University serves more than 23,000 students at its main Athens Campus and more than 40,000 learners worldwide. With a growing reputation for innovation, in 2015 OHIO earned the designation of Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a catalyst for regional, state and national collective impact in entrepreneurship, the environment, and public and social engagement. Ranked as 39th of the Top 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the country, the Voinovich School was also recently elevated to the top 100 U.S. News and World Report Best Public Affairs Grad Schools. Partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government and the private sector create public value by leveraging the expertise of 11 faculty members and 60 professional staff. Home to the Master of Public Administration and Environmental Studies programs, the Voinovich School engages nearly 200 students in a combination of unique, hands-on learning opportunities and networking to bring their ideas to life.



Speridian Technologies is one of the highly respected global Information Technology services companies in the industry, bringing best-fit solutions to some of the world's finest organizations in both the private and public sectors. Speridian architects, integrates and delivers state-of-the-art enterprise-wide solutions for Customer Experience (CX), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI), Web Applications Development, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models amongst others. An Oracle Platinum Partner, our expertise lies in implementing CRM solutions for sales, service, marketing and business intelligence.



StateBook is the first online marketplace for site selection and economic growth and development. Explore reliable information required for site selection decisions for every community in the country, from demographics, taxes and utility costs to quality of life data like museums and golf courses. Connect with economic developers from each location to learn more about their communities, and use our robust tools to search, create meaningful reports, and more. Welcome to the new online meeting place for site selection consultants, EDO'S, business, academia and government.



Vintage Development Group is a leader in the real estate industry with 30 years of experience in development, construction, management and community involvement. We never settle for less than the best. Our highest priority is the comfort and satisfaction of our clients. Personalized service, attention to detail and exceeding expectations are the driving forces of everything we do.



For nearly 100 years, Westin Hotels & Resorts has been an innovative leader in the hospitality industry, with 200 hotels in almost 40 countries - and counting. Welcoming yet never overwhelming, Westin Hotels & Resorts are architecturally inspiring, thoughtfully designed and located in the world’s most exciting cities and sumptuous resort destinations. One of the newest Cleveland Hotels, the Westin Cleveland Downtown is located just steps from top local attractions. The Westin Cleveland Downtown is the Headquarters Hotel for the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference.

 

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ACT is a leader in innovative workforce solutions on a national scale by helping communities, regions and states leverage its ACT WorkKeys System in successful approaches that link education and workforce development together, align to economic development and match people to jobs. These efforts include the ACT Work Ready Communities and its innovative Academy — a performance-driven program for community leaders to initiate, deploy and drive efforts that helps counties build a successful workforce development initiative through effective, sustained partnerships.

Come visit our booth and learn why communities, regions and states across the US are turning to ACT for effective workforce development solutions.


Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and midsized U.S. manufacturers to create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network consists of more than 1,300 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $19 in new sales growth and $21 in new client investments, and creates or retains one manufacturing job for every $2,001 of federal investment. For more information, please visit www.nist.gov/mep.


Squire Patton Boggs is a full service global law firm. Our multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 21 countries provides unrivalled access to expertise and invaluable connections on the ground. We have the experience, knowledge and foresight to help clients achieve their development and financing goals and navigate business and legal impediments with creative, value-driven, local solutions. Our public sector services include public-private partnerships (P3), taxable and tax-exempt bonds, economic and community development, tax increment financing, tax abatement, special assessment and special district financing, legislative services, structured and project finance, new market and historic tax credits, and clean and renewable energy. We draw upon the experience of more than 65 public finance and tax lawyers firm wide to provide legal services to clients in the most cost-effective and efficient ways, from innovative restructuring transactions to traditional governmental and conduit financings.


USDM is a digital consultancy and marketing services company developing highly effective digital strategies in the public sector in economic development and tourism. The company creates impact through business insights, branding, customer engagement/social and digital advertising to generate sales. USDM understands how to identify, reach, engage and motivate customers in a highly competitive marketplace.

 

SILVER SPONSORS


American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. We deliver electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states spanning from Canada to Mexico. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity and owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system. Our team of economic development professionals provides comprehensive location advisory and account management services in parts of Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. Call us at 1-800-360-SITE (7483) or visit us at www.aeped.com.


The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth is the newest and largest of JobsOhio’s six network partners serving 25 counties in eastern and southern Ohio. Manufacturing is deeply rooted in the economy including: polymers and chemicals, food processing, metal fabrication and wood products. One in seven adults in the region works in manufacturing.

APEG offers an attractive mix of assets. Our low cost-of-business, skilled workforce and multi-modal logistics are why 34 Fortune 500 companies and 19 foreign countries operate manufacturing and logistics facilities in our counties.

Our geographic location and interlinking interstate highways make us an ideal supply-chain location whether the market is north, south, east or west. The Ohio River supports low-cost barge transport and provides water for industry.

APEG also provides the services of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership. It is the only Ohio MEP affiliate delivering its organizational growth and workforce development services from an economic development umbrella organization. Learn more: www.apeg.com


BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 900 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.

We have five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.

We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.


Block By Block is a one-stop solution for safety, cleaning, hospitality, landscaping and social service outreach programs for downtowns and neighborhood district. Through our passion for urban areas we harness our creativity and draw upon best practices to create highly effective programs. We’re highly involved with each customer to not only ensure quality but to make sure our program evolves to meet the ever changing needs of your district.


Since 1972, CityWide Development has played a part in transforming possibilities into reality for Dayton business owners and homeowners. Whether it’s a new or expanded business, a revitalized neighborhood or a re-energized downtown Dayton, CityWide was probably involved.

Over the past three decades, CityWide has helped hundreds of businesses expand, renovate or open in Dayton. In the process, thousands of jobs have been retained or created. CityWide has also participated in many programs and projects designed to strengthen Dayton’s neighborhoods. These have involved the financing of the construction of new homes, the renovation of older homes and general home improvements.


Emerald Corporate Park is an Amsdell Companies Development offering high image office, retail and hotel land sites from 2 to 22 acres. The business park is located within the City of Cleveland bordering the scenic Metroparks system at I480 at Grayton Road exit near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.


Emsi provides economic developers with the industry, workforce, and educational analytics necessary to understand their comparative regional strengths and use them to drive economic prosperity. Our labor market data tools and consulting services play an integral role in our clients' strategic planning, regional intelligence, and business retention and expansion efforts. We've been in business for 15 years, additionally leveraging our presence in higher education and our partnership with CareerBuilder, our parent company, to bring unique insight and data services to the table. Visit us at www.economicmodeling.com.


The Greater Akron Chamber provides membership benefits with a focus on regional economic development. Serving Medina, Portage, and Summit counties the Greater Akron Chamber features membership diversity including global manufacturers, universities, local small businesses, non-profit organizations, and more. Your company's growth and success is as important to us as it is to you. Together, we will build an even stronger Greater Akron Region. All of our partners – economic development organizations, our members, and the community at-large throughout Greater Akron and Northeast Ohio – play vital roles in ensuring the sustainable economic growth of our region. Our achievements to that end are published in a Chamber of Commerce Annual Report to the Community. Names have changed, but since 1907, the Chamber has been a driving force in the continual improvement of our economy while providing valuable services to our members and community.


Hemingway Development, LLC was formed to pursue value added opportunities in real estate development throughout the US. Currently we are assisting financial institutions analyze their distressed assets portfolios for appropriate disposition strategies.


HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC is a full-service environmental consulting firm, currently employing 30 staff. HzW was founded in 1987 as HzW Engineering, Inc. so 2016 is, in essence, our thirtieth year “in business”. We later changed our name to HZW Environmental Consultants, Inc. to better reflect our environmental consulting services. Today, HZW is recognized as one of the leading providers of quality environmental consulting services in Ohio. HZW is recognized as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by ODOT, an Encouraging Diversity and Growth Enterprise (EDGE) firm with the state of Ohio and a Woman Business Entity (WBE) by NEORSD. In addition, HzW is recognized as a Female Business Enterprise (FBE) by City of Cleveland and a DBE and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with Cuyahoga County. We have offices in Mentor, Akron, Euclid and Canton. HZW’s professional services may be grouped into four separate areas:

• Geological Services
• Industrial Hygiene Services
• Wetlands and Ecological Services
• Environmental and Safety Services for Industry


inSITE Advisory Group is a results-driven, economic development firm that provides tangible incentives and solutions that will positively affect businesses bottom line. Servicing clients in both the private and public sectors, inSITE leverages valuable investment dollars by identifying innovative opportunities for public/private partnerships, tax credits, grants and tax incentives that are often overlooked. inSITE provides a variety of economic development services to its clients, including but not limited to the following: Grant Writing, Brownfield Redevelopment, Historic Preservation & Tax Incentive Districts, Funding Infrastructure Improvements, Business Representation and Tax Incentive Negotiation, Downtown Redevelopment, Securing Grants and Tax Credits, Site Selection and Assessment, Market Analysis, and Zoning Code Updates.


JumpStart Inc. is a nonprofit venture development organization helping communities realize their entrepreneurial potential. JumpStart has been accelerating the successes of diverse entrepreneurs, their high growth ventures and the ecosystems supporting them in order to spark economic growth and job creation since 2004. A public, private and philanthropic partnership, JumpStart shares the insights it has gleaned, high-impact offerings it has developed and best practices it has identified with regional leaders looking to spur business formation and growth, helping them catalyze the development of their own entrepreneurial ecosystems.



Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio's residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region.

We are driven to succeed by our passion for the region, and we strive to instill that enthusiasm in others. Our highly experienced staff is guided by a board of business, economic development and civic leaders who share our passion. It is this combination of skills, results-oriented culture and passion that drives us to find solutions that help businesses expand and create jobs in Northeast Ohio.



Welcome to Cleveland
Grit meets sophistication in a town where you can browse modern art inside a turn-of-the-century transformer station, hear the orchestra perform live inside the local hot dog joint and chow down on pierogi stuffed with beef cheek.

We’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.

 

BRONZE SPONSORS


Colliers International is an industry leading global real estate company with more than 16,000 skilled professionals operating in 66 countries. What sets us apart is not what we do, but how we do it. Our enterprising culture encourages Colliers people to think differently, share great ideas and create effective solutions that help clients accelerate their success. Colliers International is the advisor of choice for many of the world’s most innovative and successful companies. Colliers delivers a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors across all sectors worldwide, never competing with clients, preferring instead to remain the ultimate and unbiased choice in global real estate services.


Columbus 2020 is the regional economic development organization founded in 2010 to represent the 11-county Columbus Region, an area ranked as a top location for business. The organization’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth throughout Central Ohio. Columbus 2020 works to strengthen and diversify the Columbus Region economy by building attracting new investment, creating new business opportunities and continually improving the Columbus Region as a business destination.

The Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy sets out to achieve ambitious goals by the year 2020: add 150,000 net new jobs, generate $8 billion of capital investment, raise personal per capita income by 30 percent and earn recognition as a leader in economic development. Halfway into the 10-year plan, all goals are progressing ahead of schedule—and the Columbus Region is on pace to have the strongest decade of economic growth in its history.


CRESCO Real Estate is one of Greater Cleveland’s most respected commercial / industrial real estate firms. CRESCO is an independently owned and operated member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance. As part of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, we are able to utilize real time resources regarding all aspects of commercial real estate and further enhance our real estate services on a regional, national and global basis. This standard of high quality professional services can be customized to suit the unique needs of any client. Our scope of services includes the sale and lease of commercial, industrial and office properties, land acquisition and development, site selection and build-to-suits, property valuation, property management, consulting services, corporate services and tenant/landlord/buyer/seller representation. There’s no substitute for real estate knowledge and expertise and CRESCO utilizes both to help you find the real estate solution you’re seeking.


The Dayton Development Coalition is focused solely on growing the 14-county Dayton region—one of the most livable regions in America. We bolster job creation and prosperity by supporting entrepreneurial activity, retaining and attracting businesses, and advocating for and promoting the region’s assets at the local, state and national levels.

In short, we open doors for businesses that are interested in locating to or expanding within our region. We connect entrepreneurs who have a bold vision for growth with the resources to take them to the next level. And we collaborate with our state and federal elected leaders to advance the economic priorities of our region. We are striving to raise the region’s national profile, to the benefit of our members and the area’s residents.


For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 60 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base.

DHR is the only major search firm with a dedicated Economic Development practice group that specializes in identifying top performing leaders for a diverse range of public-private partnerships that foster economic prosperity.


Jorgenson Consulting is a leading national executive search firm that has been working on behalf of economic and community development organizations for over 20 years. We provide experienced leadership and hands-on guidance in the search process to both client and candidate. We act as a partner in identifying strategic steps for growth and finding the most innovative talent. Our knowledge of the unique trends within the industry and our relationship with the premier executives who are running the organizations is unparalleled. We are dedicated to providing each client with individualized service and expertise to ensure successful results. Jorgenson Consulting has offices in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina.


Founded in 2010 by Elizabeth S. Courtney, William Decker and Michael Shmerling, LocalShares provides investment in and knowledge about local economies – such as cities – by providing investment services, information and products.

According to a study reported in the Journal of Finance – the average American investor holds 30% of his/her portfolio in companies located within 250 miles of his/her home. There is a strong, proven preference for local investing and a comparable interest in knowledge about locally-headquartered companies. Yet few if any companies provide direct access to these important economies via knowledge or investment vehicles.

Our leadership has spent 10 years researching and developing the platform for this new frontier.


The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) represents over 300 economic development professionals from across Ohio. The organization was created in 2005 through the merger of the Ohio Development Association and the Ohio Economic Development Council. The OEDA is non-partisan and advocates on behalf of economic development issues important to growing the Ohio economy.


Orlando Baking Company is a family organization founded in Castel di Sangro, Italy in 1872. This original bakery is still in operation today. In 1904, part of our family moved to Cleveland and re-established Old World ways of baking European classics. Throughout the years, our company continuously undergoes expansion leading to a state-of-the-art bakery, located on Cleveland’s near east side. After five generations, we are proud to carry on the Orlando tradition of quality baking.


Project Management Consultants LLC (PMC) is a multidisciplinary Cleveland-based company consisting of seasoned construction, design, finance and real estate professionals, including licensed architects, engineers, construction managers, financial strategists and experienced construction lawyers.


The Port of Cleveland will be known as the premier port on the Great Lakes: highly effective, efficient, innovative, and trusted in delivering its mission of spurring job creation and economic vitality for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.


The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati leads the economic development effort in the three-state, 15-county region at the intersection of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The organization was formed in 2014 as a means to improve the region’s ability to successfully retain, grow and attract companies. REDI serves as a single point-of-contact for target companies, makes greater use of the local business community in the recruiting process and focuses on economic development efforts. For more information, please visit redicincinnati.com.


The Regional Growth Partnership is a privately led organization committed to meeting the needs of businesses, site consultants and corporate real estate professionals in a confidential, innovative and time-sensitive manner. Being a private economic development group allows the RGP to operate beyond political boundaries and also shields it from freedom of information requests on the part of media. We offer a full range of traditional business development services, working in collaboration with our partners across the region, all designed to expedite and simplify the site selection process.

The RGP also serves as Northwest Ohio’s network partner for JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. As part of this statewide effort, JobsOhio works closely with its six regional economic development partners, known collectively as the JobsOhio Network.


The Wall Street Journal delivers crucial news, opinion, and analysis across print, digital and mobile to a global audience of 20 million readers per month. Our franchise includes The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com, Marketwatch.com, and Barrons.com. WSJ reaches one in every two corporate executives in the U.S.The Wall Street Journal connects marketers to government officials and corporate decision makers influencing relocation, expansion and development-key factors in the economic development landscape. Leverage the power of The Wall Street Journal to help drive your business objectives forward.

 

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For more than 100 years, Burgess & Niple (B&N) has led the development of infrastructure in rural and urban regions. Our success is driven by a passion for advancing the built environment with exceptional concern for quality of life, safety and sustainability.

We work in partnership with private and government entities to lead planning, secure funding, develop designs and manage implementation. B&N’s team of in-house professionals includes planners, engineers, architects, surveyors, environmental scientists, geologists and much more. Our work spans the world and ranges from complex, urban renewal projects to finding potable water arid, rural villages.


Cumberland Development is a limited liability company, registered in Ohio in January 2002. It is a sole proprietorship owned by Richard Y. Pace, serving as an umbrella for a number of real estate projects. Each of these projects has its own limited liability company. We add value through creative design solutions, taking advantage of sustainable design and green technologies. We create economic benefits for the company and the property users as well as the community as a whole.


First Interstate Properties, Ltd. is a Northeast Ohio based full-service real estate development and management company. For 27 years, First Interstate has built a sound reputation as a responsible, can-do developer of environmentally respectful high impact projects that create value for surrounding communities, for residents and occupants, and for the investment community. Its professional team is dedicated to quality work, quality relationships, and uncompromised values. The results of that dedication are apparent to visitors at any of the properties First Interstate owns and manages.

First Interstate’s management objective is long-term equity growth and value enhancement. For that reason, First Interstate pays close attention not only to the initial quality of its developments, but also to detailed, preventative maintenance for all managed properties. In addition, First Interstate becomes an active member of local communities in which it owns and manages properties.


Since 1982, Growth Capital Corp. has provided more than $450 million in financial assistance to businesses as part of our overall mission to foster economic growth and job creation in Ohio. Also, for the past 9 years, we have been the number one SBA 504 lender in the State of Ohio. Growth Capital has a team of experienced economic development finance professionals with years of experience helping small business owners and lenders to access various state and federal finance opportunities. Growth Capital Corp. can help you finance: Business Expansions, New Facilities, Equipment Purchases, Finance increased receivables, Working capital or inventory, and Debt refinance. Growth Capital Corp. exists solely to help Ohio companies get financing for capital expenditures and working capital needs. As specialists in lending to businesses, the Growth Capital Corp. staff offers individualized counseling and guidance through the loan application process.


Hull & Associates, Inc. is a project development and engineering consulting firm specializing in the Alternative Energy, Brownfields, Environmental, Shale Oil & Gas, and Waste Management markets. We are located in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions with offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Clairsville, and Toledo, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our services are transportable nationwide.

Hull offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of engineering, scientific, and strategic planning services. We employ approximately 170 professionals in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, with seven offices strategically located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.


In 2005, Betsy Figgie founded Your CFO Resource to help bridge the gap in bank negotiations. Now, Betsy helps NPOs present financing requests using conventional bank structures and terminology, and represents the NPO in competitive negotiations with multiple banks. Acting as an interim CFO, she helps executives with every aspect of the financing process and draws on outside expertise that may be needed from her wide circle of industry contacts.

Non-profits do not always have the benefit of a Chief Financial Officer to navigate the banking system. This responsibility often falls to the Executive Director or Development office; people with limited time and many other critical responsibilities. Your CFO Resource's Connections and expertise helps organizations structure financing requests in terms that bankers understand. Your CFO Resource puts an organization's’ proposal into the hands of the most influential banks in the city and support it throughout the entire process.

 

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Since 1994 Business Xpansion Journal has been Dedicated to delivering decision-making support to companies active in the site-selection process. The BXJNetwork, which includes BXJ magazine, website www.bxjmag.com and the BXJNetwork e-news, delivers pertinent info to an established audience of decision-makers who are responsible for researching, planning and implementing business expansion and relocation projects. Business Xpansion prides itself on its editorial content and practical information for businesses as they research business locales. Whether it is renewable energy, health/wellness, logistics & supply chain, data centers, aerospace and automotive or similar industries, Business Xpansion Journal is on the front lines reporting on the latest trends in the site selection process.


fDi Intelligence, a division of The Financial Times Ltd, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the full suite of services includes: location advertising to generate brand awareness; industry-leading intelligence tools to develop FDI strategies and identify potential investors; and tailored FDI events and investor roundtables to meet target companies and generate business leads. To find out how these services could be of benefit, contact us on fDi@ft.com.



Site Selection magazine is the top-rated US publication covering corporate real estate, facility planning, site location and global economic development. Site Selection - winner of the MAGS/GAMMA Gold Award for Best Business to Business Publication - provides insight and solid business information to corporate real estate executives, managers, directors and other members of the real estate/facility decision team. Site Selection includes information on corporate real estate strategies, real estate markets, business climate drivers, relocation costs and available incentive programs - in short, the key factors involved in corporate facility planning.



Trade & Industry Development serves executives within specific vertical industries. Our mission is to help companies perpetuate success by providing clear and crucial insight into the challenge of site selection and facility planning. By working with thought leaders and experts in various fields, Trade & Industry Development provides actionable content that is both innovative and forward-looking. We are committed to being a valuable and trusted partner for C-suite executives, corporate real estate professionals and site consultants, enabling them to make the best possible decisions – for themselves, their companies and their shareholders.


FDI Alliance is the ultimate platform for site selection , relocation and International trade. Headquartered in the UK we showcase the most attractive business destinations in America and Canada to site selectors and CEOs from Europe and the UK. We present easy digestible yet detailed information on the most lucrative business opportunities in America and Canada. Our specialist team collect the relative information and data needed for evaluating prime locations for business attraction. This quarterly magazine showcases economic development destinations with the most innovative models within the most dynamic industry sectors. We understand that the most important aspect is delivering your marketing message to the right audience to ensure ROI. FDI Alliance is very excited to return to the IEDC annual conference here in Cleveland Ohio 2016. Please visit us at www.fdiallianceint.com



Oxford Intelligence (OI) is a global leader in business intelligence and consulting services for government agencies and international businesses. OI provides Lead Generation, Research and Consultancy; and p ublishes IPAWorld, the leading source of FDI company intelligence, along with production of the European Investment Monitor for Ernst & Young. Established in 1996, OI has offices in Milton Keynes, London, Cambridge, Paris, Frankfurt, The Hague, Boston, Moscow and Mumbai, and manages a global network of more than 100 business analysts along with a consultancy network in key markets. OI has worked with over 200 economic agencies in major markets around the world.


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