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Collaborate and Elevate

Smart Business Akron/Canton

The Bowery is proof real progress is being made toward regionalism.  There has long been talk of the need for a regional approach to economic development in Northeast Ohio. However, in most cases over the years, regionalism has been easier said than done.

Team NEO was created to enhance the economy of Northeast Ohio by bringing together local, regional and state resources to raise our region’s profile and attract and retain business. The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Stark Economic Development Board and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber share similar goals.

Sharing goals is easy. Sharing resources not so much. However, there are promising examples recently of words turning into action — of real regional collaboration. Ground was broken Nov. 16 for The Bowery, a $42-million renovation of six historic buildings in the heart of downtown Akron into a mixed-use complex including residential, office and retail space. With the Akron Civic Theatre as an anchor, it will transform a highly visible, but long-vacant and deteriorating section of Akron’s South Main Street into a valuable district for culture, entertainment and residential use. Welty is the construction manager for the project.

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