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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR


September 25 - 28, 2016

Greetings!

On behalf of the citizens of Cleveland, Ohio, I want to welcome you to the 2016 International Economic Development Council (IEDC)s Annual Conference, the largest annual gathering of economic developers, being held in our great city from September 25 28, 2016. Thank you for choosing Cleveland as the host city for this event as IEDC celebrates its 90th Anniversary as a global development organization.

This conference will showcase the diversified economy of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio that has leveraged billions of public-private partnership investment over the past five years. One example of this investment is the development of the 1,600 acre Health Tech Corridor, which runs between downtown and University Circle and features biomedical, healthcare and technology companies within close proximity to world-class, educational and medical research institutions including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals.

Cleveland, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, is a vibrant and growing city with a rich history, world-class attractions and a vast array of arts and culture to experience. While here, you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Playhouse Square the 2nd largest performing arts center in the nation, or University Circle - home to the world-renown Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art and other cultural institutions. Take time to dine at any of our award winning restaurants either downtown at East Fourth Street, the Warehouse District and the Flats or in neighborhood hotspots, like Little Italy, Tremont and Ohio City, which features the West Side Market - the oldest and continuously operating market in the country that has more than 100 ethnically diverse food vendors.

Again, welcome! I hope you have an enjoyable visit and wish you the best for a successful and productive conference!

Sincerely,

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor

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