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Civic Connection Public Partners

Many programs and agencies in Northeast Ohio are working hard to grow and promote our region’s economy.  Greater Cleveland Civic Connection brings together key private- and public-sector leaders to coordinate and build upon these efforts, maximizing job creation and leveraging infrastructure improvements.  By facilitating constant dialogue between the public partners and our region’s business community, Greater Cleveland Civic Connection has established a foundation for a significant, efficient coordinated focus upon Northeast Ohio’s future.

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City of Cleveland

The Civic Connection partners at the City of Cleveland – including the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, Division of Water, Division of Water Pollution Control, Cleveland Public Power, and Department of Port Control – are at the forefront of ensuring the maintenance and reliability of roadways, bridges, and airports, as well as electrical, sewer, and water utilities within the City limits and in numerous suburban communities.

Through Mayor Jackson’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, the City of Cleveland supported the Finch Group’s Glenville Circle North mixed-use development with 30-year non-school tax increment financing and nearly $2 million in public space and street improvements.  

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Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County supports economic development by focusing on infrastructure maintenance and improvements and on support for business attraction, retention, and growth through its Department of Public Works and Department of Development.  These departments work together with municipal governments to strategically support business development throughout the County.  

Cuyahoga County is managing the construction of the final segments of the Towpath Trail, which, when completed at the end of 2020, will finally connect the 110 mile multi-purpose trail into downtown Cleveland.  Pictured above is a segment completed as part of the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge project.

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is the nation’s 13th-largest public transit system, serving more than 45 percent of all public transit riders in the State of Ohio.  The nationally-recognized “Carrier of Distinction” provides transportation services for approximately 50 million rides annually through a variety of services, including heavy rail, light rail, bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and Paratransit.  

Completed in 2015 at a total cost of $16.5 million, the Little Italy-University Circle Station is serviced by RTA's Red Line rapid transit line and has helped to support hundreds of millions of dollars in private transit-oriented development within a quarter mile of its doors. 

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Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is the largest wastewater treatment provider in the State of Ohio, providing service to all or part of 62 communities and more than one million customers.  Its three wastewater treatment facilities combine to treat over 90 billion gallons of wastewater annually and its Regional Stormwater Management Program continues to drive water quality improvement by leveraging tens of millions of dollars annually to reduce flooding, arrest stream bank erosion and maintain open conveyance of our waterways.

The Superior Avenue Pump Station (above left) is just one small part of Project Clean Lake -- a 25-year, $3 billion investment in massive underground storage tunnels, treatment plant improvements, and green infrastructure that will capture over 98 percent of wet weather flows in the combined sewer system.

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Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland fosters regional job creation and economic vitality through its global maritime services, its development financing services, and its leadership in critical Cuyahoga River renewal and infrastructure projects.  The Port’s maritime operations include the Cleveland-Europe Express – the only direct, scheduled vessel service that moves containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe. Nearly 20,000 jobs and more than $3.5 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the Port and River system.

The Port of Cleveland supports around 20,000 jobs and generates a $3.5 billion economic impact in Greater Cleveland.  Additionally, the Port's Cleveland-Europe Express is the only direct, scheduled vessel service moving containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe.

Other Key Collaborative Public Agencies

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