2021 Aerozone District Plan
Prepared by Hrishue Mahalaha, Executive Director, Aerozone Alliance
May 15, 2021
Aerozone District Plan Funders Acknowledgement: Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission’s Department of Development, Cuyahoga County Council, The Fund for our Economic Future, The Greater Cleveland Partnership, Nathan and Fannye Shafran Foundation, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Paragon TEC, The TechPark, Zin Technologies Inc.
The documents below comprise the framework for the Aerozone Alliance District Plan.
In partnership with the Aerozone Alliance and supported by Raymond P. Park and the Park Family Foundation, Baldwin Wallace University researched potential “Trade School Models” to support employers in the Aerozone Alliance District. The following report provides a research base, identifies key national workforce development programs, recommendations along with a recommended partnership model, and identifies next steps.
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An Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning update submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was released on November 24, 2020.
Aerozone Strategic Planning Update November 2020 »
An Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning update submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was released in October 2020.
Aerozone Strategic Planning Update October 2020 »
In May 2020, the Aerozone Alliance launched an RFP process, requesting proposals to create an Aerozone Strategic Plan which aligns and promotes the various stakeholders and other plans within the Aerozone District. A proposal submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was selected in June 2020.
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The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
The origins for this project include a 2011 Cleveland State University feasibility report which provided research on “aerotropolis” developments in general and describes planned development outward from an airport with observations specifically for Cleveland. Subsequently or concurrently, Cuyahoga County Council introduced a resolution to support early efforts to collaborate with stakeholders for the purpose of promoting economic development, job creation, job retention, and workforce development around Cleveland Hopkins airport. The Aerozone Alliance has been organized to create the conditions for an airport city or “aerotropolis” to take shape. The Aerozone Alliance region comprises more than 7,000 land parcels around Cleveland Hopkins airport in multiple political jurisdictions that offer potential to be developed into an “aerotropolis.” View Report »
Prepared for: Berea Community Development Corporation
Prepared by: The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
This report provides an assessment of the feasibility of developing an aerotropolis around Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. The report describes the methodology used to assess the feasibility, notes the needs and expectations of community stakeholders, profiles the challenges and successes of six emerging and potential U.S. aerotropolises, and discusses the operating experiences and challenges of 12 additional U.S. airports. Further, this report describes the demographic and economic aspects of the study cities, and discusses potential target industry opportunities. The findings suggest that it is feasible to develop CLE as an aerotropolis, and that CLE may not be suited for an aerotropolis as practiced at other domestic and international airports. Rather, the concept itself may be the platform for moving forward with a defined, staged strategy for development surrounding CLE and should be viewed as an opportunity to develop the concept to specifically fit the region and its economic circumstance. View Report »
Armond Budish, County Executive, Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission, Department of Development, Cuyahoga County Council
The 2018 Economic Development Plan, as proffered by the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission, reflects Cuyahoga County’s desire to collaborate and align with the region’s economic development stakeholders and partners to create and sustain economic and population growth and job creation. View Report »