Fifteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors At Team Neo Plus Awards

Fifteen Regional Projects Win Top Honors at Team NEO Plus

Team NEO honored communities and organizations for 2012 economic
development initiatives that created or retained jobs, attracted
investments and developed opportunities for Northeast Ohio at the
organization’s seventh annual Economic Development Plus
Awards ceremony. Winners in 11 categories were announced. The
event, held at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center,
drew a crowd of more than 500 business and community leaders,
economic developers, politicians and chamber of commerce
representatives from the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

“Great progress is being made in Northeast Ohio and the Plus
Awards gives us the opportunity to recognize the many talented,
resourceful people who are making good things happen. These
organizations and people are ensuring our region’s bright
future.” said Tom Waltermire, CEO, Team NEO. “We
recognized 32 projects that represent almost 6,000 new jobs, 3,600
retained jobs and $375 million in capital investment.”

A panel of judges selected 32 finalists, from which the following
winners were chosen:

Asset Creation 
+ Case Western Reserve University, JumpStart, MAGNET and NorTech
for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Business Attraction (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ City of Streetsboro, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Neighborhood
Development Services, Inc. and Portage Development Board for the
attraction of Selas Heat Technology

Business Attraction (more than 100 employees) –
+ The Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Greater Cleveland
Partnership for the attraction of Alexander Mann Solutions

Business Attraction (more than 100 employees) – Domestic 
+ The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, for the attraction of

Business Retention (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ BioEnterprise, the City of Oberlin, Lorain County Community
College, Lorain County Growth Partnership, and Team Lorain County
for the retention of Synapse Biomedical

Business Expansion (fewer than 100 employees) 
+ The City of Geneva and the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula
County for the expansion of  Arthur Louis Steel

Business Retention (more than 100 employees)
+ Richland Community Development Corporation for saving the C-27J

Business Expansion (more than 100 employees) 
+ City of Huron and Erie County Economic Development Corporation
for the expansion of International Automotive Components

Foreign Investment 
+ City of Cleveland for Nestlé Professional

Fostering Entrepreneurship (tie) 
+ City of Cleveland, Commission on Economic Inclusion, Cuyahoga
County Department of Development, Federal Reserve Bank of
Cleveland, Huntington Bank, The Business of Good Foundation, The
Cleveland Foundation, and US Small Business Administration for
creating the Cleveland branch of the Economic and Community
Development Institute

+ City of Shaker Heights and LaunchHouse for creating the
LaunchHouse Accelerator Program

Minority Business Development 
+ City of Cleveland for retention of Radio One

Public-Private Partnership
+ City of Stow, EnviroScience, and the Greater Akron Chamber for
transforming an underutilized public building into
EnviroScience’s Headquarters

Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration  
+ Brimfield Township, City of Tallmadge, FirstEnergy, Greater Akron
Chamber, Portage Development Board, Summit County and the Village
of Mogadore for the expansion of Newell Rubbermaid’s Summit
county injection molding plan and construction of its Portage
county distribution center

Workforce Development
+ University Hospitals for the Bridge to the Future program

For more informatino about each of the winning projects, download
our 2013 Plus Awards Recipient fact sheet.

In addition, William F. Christopher was presented with the H. Peter
Burg Regional Vision Award, Presented by PNC. Team NEO’s
highest honor, this annual award commemorates the late chairman and
CEO of FirstEnergy Corporation, a regional leader who was the
founding chairman of Team NEO.  Christopher was recognized for
his work on enhancing the climate for business growth in Northeast
Ohio. Most recently, he has led a joint effort by the business and
philanthropic communities to create a regional economic
competitiveness strategy to identify priorities and actions that
will strengthen the region’s global competitiveness and
create a strategy for long-term success.

The 2013 Economic Development Plus Awards were sponsored by: PNC,
Humana, FirstMerit Bank, AT&T, FirstEnergy, Huntington National
Bank, Jones Day, Lorain County Community College, Sherwin-Williams
and Squire Sanders

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