Team NEO Recognizes FitzGerald Administration with Two Awards for Leadership in Economic Development

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald applauded his economic development team today after they were recognized with two awards from Team NEO.

“The most important priorities we have right now are to create good-paying jobs for working men and women and to get Ohio’s economy back on the right track for everyone,” said FitzGerald. “I am proud that Team NEO has recognized our innovative and effective approach to economic development with these awards. The strategy we have implemented here at the county-level provides valuable guideposts that the rest of our state can use.”

In addition, the Cuyahoga County Department of Development received this year’s award for Regional and Cross-Border Collaboration following its work on NASA Glenn Research Center’s Adopt-a-City program. Along with the City of Cleveland and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), Cuyahoga County helped NASA provide technical assistance for eight Northeast Ohio manufacturers – the project ultimately helped to create 32 new jobs in the region.

“Providing Northeast Ohio manufacturers with technical assistance is one of the most effective ways we can ensure they are able to thrive against global competitors,” added Cuyahoga County Director of Development Larry Benders. “It’s critical that every level of government work together to support job creation, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here in Cuyahoga County.”

Team NEO presented Cuyahoga County with the 2014 award for Asset Creation as a result of the FitzGerald administration’s work to open the 32,000-square-foot Global Center for Health Innovation ahead of schedule and under budget. Project partners who shared in the award included BioEnterprise, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cleveland Partnership, MetroHealth System, Positively Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System, and University Hospitals.

The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and health care. Global Center spaces showcase the latest research, product development, branding, sales and service results for companies and serve as a spark for medical innovation, education and training programs, and virtual offerings. With the Global Center for Health Innovation as the centerpiece of our world class health-care economy, Northeast Ohio is on its way to becoming the nation’s Medical Capital.