Cleveland

 

Once a forgotten city with a struggling manufacturing sector, Cleveland is rebuilding a stronger, more diverse economy and workforce. It is a diamond in the rust belt.

 

Cleveland is making a comeback.

Along with other industrial cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit, Cleveland saw a downward slope 

in the late 20th century that was only accelerated by the 2008 recession. Unemployment soared, and home values plummeted.

Now, a shifting focus to the healthcare and tech industries and a slow but steady return of manufacturing spells a new slogan for Cleveland … it’s Believeland, Ohio.

Here’s what’s changing in Ohio:

  • Diversified economy. Shuttering factories led to widespread unemployment. While some of those jobs have returned, it’s no longer the largest sector of the economy, and that diversity is promising for the future of the market.
  • The leader in healthcare. Cleveland Clinic is one of the best healthcare systems in the world and is the national leader in cardiology and heart surgery. Watch for continued growth in the biomedical industry.
  • An emerging tech hub. Greater access to capital, support for entrepreneurs, a low cost of living and a vibrant health tech corridor are just a few of the reasons why technology companies are choosing Cleveland as their home.
  • Eight Fortune 500 companies call it home. It’s not all surgery and computers here. Progressive Insurance, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Sherwin Williams, and others provide jobs and revenue. And that influx of capital and people is revitalizing neighborhoods.
  • A newer, younger population. Millennials want to live closer to where they work and are coming back from the suburbs to the cities. Cleveland is the 8th fastest growing millennial population in the US, and they’re renting and purchasing homes.
  • Centralized location. According to Forbes, Ohio is within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the US GDP and 150 Fortune 500 businesses. It’s easy and cheap to get to many major cities.

Downtown Cleveland is changing rapidly. As the Health-Tech Corridor expands and innovates, Cleveland will continue to be a diamond in the rust belt.

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