Welcome to the “Drone Zone.” Pursuing growth in Unmanned Aerial Systems within the Aerozone: A Thought Paper

Prepared for the Aerozone Alliance by Seth Young, PhD | May 18, 2021

The North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Brook Park, Berea, Middleburg Heights, and Rocky River area of southwestern Cleveland, near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has been designated by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (CCPC) as the “Aerozone”, a location for economic development with a focus on the aviation and aerospace industry. The Aerozone Alliance, a group with the CCPC has taken a leading effort in advancing the mission of creating jobs, advancing industry, and generating economic development in this region.

One segment of the aviation and aerospace industry of specific interest to the Aerozone Alliance is Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), broadly defined as autonomously or semi-autonomously flown aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. It is hypothesized that the UAS sector offers significant opportunities for economic growth in the manufacturing and production of UAS vehicles and components, end user private and public sector applications ranging from law enforcement to real estate, as well as opportunities to be a leading region in UAS research, training and education, and policy development. This paper provides thoughts on the feasibility of pursuing UAS related activities within the Aerozone.

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What’s so great about an “aerotropolis” anyway?

by David Sachs, Denverite | January 28, 2019

An article in Denverite, “What’s so great about Denver’s “aerotropolis” anyway?” weighs the merits of an aerotropolis and its role in economic development.

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Podcast | Connection, Community & Innovation: The Aerotropolis with Dr. Stuart C. Mendel

Evergreen: Big Audacious Idea | Featuring Dr. Stuart C. Mendel, March 2021

Imagine advancing local+global connection, economic development, entrepreneurship, transportation and community-development… all through an existing asset. That asset is the major airport. A new kind of community and economic engine can be built within and around existing airports if we are inventive in our coordination, collaboration and collective will. We’re talking about the idea of an Aerotropolis. In Cleveland, it’s the Aerozone Alliance, a partnership of economic jewels; Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, NASA Glenn Research Center and surrounding communities. In this podcast episode, host Craig James chats with Dr. Stuart C. Mendel, the founding executive director of the Aerozone Alliance. Dr. Mendel regularly advises community leaders, nonprofit executives/board members—and has served on numerous organization boards and committees. Dr. Mendel also serves as Director of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise.

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NASA Small Business Knowledge Portal

NASA Office of Small Business Programs

The NASA Office of Small Business Programs offers a series of webinars with in-depth training relevant to small businesses. These webinars will provide the opportunity to ask questions directly to key points of contact at the Agency. In addition, our podcast series explores a wide range of topics from NASA and other agencies to determine how they see the small business program and what small businesses can do to support them. Webinars are hosted by the Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Global Reach. Local Benefits. | US Foreign Trade Zone Program: FTZ #40

Port Cleveland, December 2020

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The Impact and Opportunities for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on the Proposed District and Surrounding Regions

Alexander Sekhniashvili, November 2020

Current conditions brought on by COVID-19 pandemic are giving rise to immediate, medium, and long-term change and opportunities for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (hereafter CLE) to generate revenue beyond the long-standing funding model, to serve as a conduit and gateway to attract high-value targeted industries, goods, and jobs, benefitting the surrounding region. This condition has taken place while the Airport prepares its next twenty-year plan.

Simultaneously, as the Aerozone Alliance works to build The District or ‘Aerotropolis’ in collaboration with adjacent nearby communities and other key stakeholders, this thought paper examines the purpose and function of CLE as a central and complementary tenant of future initiatives. Read More »

Techno-Economic Feasibility Analysis of a Microgrid in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio

Citation:  Ahmed, Ali H.; Thomas, Andrew R.; and Henning, Mark, “Techno-Economic Feasibility Analysis of a Microgrid in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio” (2018). Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1559.

Increasing the resiliency of the electrical utility system in a region has numerous benefits to the residents, companies, and public entities operating in that region ranging from improved safety to financial impacts. However, attracting political interest and capital for such a major infrastructure improvement project requires an expectation from the potential participants that the project will be technically possible and economically attractive for investors. Performing a feasibility study is an important first step to ensure that a project is worthy of pursuit from both a technical and economic viewpoint. Read More »

Valuing Resiliency from Microgrids: How End Users Can Estimate the Marginal Value of Resilient Power

Citation:  Thomas, Andrew R. and Henning, Mark, “Valuing Resiliency from Microgrids: How End Users Can Estimate the Marginal Value of Resilient Power” (2017). Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1516.

This report is part of a general microgrid planning evaluation for Cleveland, Ohio undertaken by Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, underwritten by the Cleveland Foundation. The evaluation has been undertaken in collaboration with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland. This report focuses on one of the more important questions posed in building a microgrid: what is the marginal value of reliable power to end users? Read More »

The Economic and Fiscal Impact of a Microgrid in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio

Citation:  Thomas, Andrew R.; Henning, Mark; Date, Kirby; and Simons, Robert A., “The Economic and Fiscal Impact of a Microgrid in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio” (2018). Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1560.

This report relates the results of an investigation into market conditions for a proposed microgrid in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, as well the potential for additional jobs, income, and tax revenues that might accompany such an enterprise. Power interruptions have been estimated to cost commercial and industrial customers more than $100 billion each year in the United States.1 Because microgrids can reduce or eliminate power disruptions, the proposed microgrid could position Cleveland to capture growth among those industries that experience relatively greater losses when power outages occur. This includes momentary interruptions, which account for a “substantial portion”2 of such costs. The improved quality, reliability, resiliency, and security associated with a Cleveland microgrid could offer a locational advantage in attracting companies for which a power interruption is particularly costly. Access to clean, distributed generation is also an attribute that is of significant interest to commercial end users. Read More »

Welcome to Greater Cleveland and the Aerozone Alliance

Greater Cleveland Partnership (October 2020)

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