An Economic Development Partnership Driving New Forms of Regional Collaboration

Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the Aerozone Alliance is to create a world class innovation hub. Attracting more smart jobs and greater capital investment, the effort capitalizes on the unique strength of a 15.5-mile district to create regional economic growth.

Envision an employment center of 50,000 high paying technology jobs clustered in the region and communities surrounding Cleveland Hopkins Airport. These jobs and the accompanying benefits of economic development activity would originate with the engineering science and performance fulfillment outcomes of work NASA Glenn Research Center performs in its key role for the mission to Mars.

The vision is further sharpened with the remarkable success NASA Glenn has achieved supporting emerging entrepreneurs and minority and female businesses through the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STIR) Programs.

Coordination of these ventures by bringing together the resources and stakeholders necessary to achieve the same promise and potential of places like University Circle and Midtown Cleveland underlay the purpose of the Aerozone Alliance.

The Aerozone Alliance has been organized to create the conditions for an airport city or “aerotropolis” to take shape.

The Aerozone Alliance will work collaboratively with public and private stakeholders to attract small and medium-sized companies, large corporations, and multi-national corporations; and to entice developing technologies to commercialize in the geographic area near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities.

Strategic Priorities

Click below to view the ten strategic priorities of the Aerozone Alliance.

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Removing Obstacles to Collaborative Innovation

The Aerozone Alliance represents an unprecedented partnership between business representatives, county officials, mayors and managers, community planners and regional / federal technology and innovation experts. Together, these partners – nonprofits, federal labs, government agencies, private sector actors and municipalities – are collectively tackling what none of them can accomplish alone: creating a world-class innovation district to live, work and grow.

These partners are empowered to create an environment with fewer obstacles on the path to innovation and business growth. The district builds upon the already impressive ecosystem radiating from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the NASA Glenn facility. The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates the annual economic output from Hopkins alone at $4.6 billion.

The Place to Be

The Aerozone is a prime location for organizations intent on reaching global markets, leveraging highly skilled talent and those that are doing or want to do business with NASA. The proximity to these unique assets can catalyze the commercialization of research & development and spin-off activity. It’s a virtuous cycle with a proven track record: Where smart people and smart organizations congregate, good things happen.

We’re constructing a dynamic economic platform for Northeast Ohio’s next generation of regional job growth and economic success. We’d love to explore how you can play a part in this emerging success story.

The Aerozone: A Great Place to Live, Work & Grow