CLEVELAND – The awesomely situated new Convention Center and Center for Global Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland rests along the intersection of Ontario Street and St. Clair Avenue. The Cleveland Center is an attempt to capitalize on the legacy and success of the Cleveland Clinic, The University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Metro Health Medical Center, The Invacare Corporation, The Athersys Corporation, The Steris Corporation and the numerous companies that are hastily filling the Midtown Cleveland Health Corridor further to the east of downtown.
The Global Health Innovation Center will feature showcases for GE Healthcare Technology, The Cleveland Clinic, Philips Healthcare, Invacare, University Hospitals, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University, Johnson Controls, and HIMSS so far.
When other cities said it could not be done and that it was never going to generate tenants, Cleveland plowed ahead and finished the building on time and under budget.
New tenants will start arriving in the coming months as more and more sections of the complex are finished off. Cleveland is once again creating a new business and breaking taboos that have made cities the likes of Nashville, New York and Los Angeles falter to try to secure funding and provide this unique new hip venue.
The Cleveland Convention Center will expand the already attached but inadequate Cleveland Public Hall Convention Center, thereby adding both style and capacity to the great old space. The Convention Center is already booked through the year 2020.