Aerozone District Plan Portal 2021

Aerozone District Plan

Prepared by Hrishue Mahalaha, Executive Director, Aerozone Alliance
May 15, 2021

Aerozone District Plan Funders Acknowledgement: Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission’s Department of Development, Cuyahoga County Council, The Fund for our Economic Future, The Greater Cleveland Partnership, Nathan and Fannye Shafran Foundation, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Paragon TEC, The TechPark, Zin Technologies Inc.

The documents below comprise the framework for the Aerozone Alliance District Plan.

Originating Documentation

Aerozone District Trade School: Public Private Partnership Models | Recommendations for a Workforce Education Partnership in the Aerozone Alliance (December 2020)

In partnership with the Aerozone Alliance and supported by Raymond P. Park and the Park Family Foundation, Baldwin Wallace University researched potential “Trade School Models” to support employers in the Aerozone Alliance District. The following report provides a research base, identifies key national workforce development programs, recommendations along with a recommended partnership model, and identifies next steps.

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Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning Progress (November 2020)

An Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning update submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was released on November 24, 2020.

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Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning Progress (October 2020)

An Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning update submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was released in October 2020.

Aerozone Strategic Planning Update October 2020 »

Aerozone Alliance Strategic Planning Proposal (June 2020)

In May 2020, the Aerozone Alliance launched an RFP process, requesting proposals to create an Aerozone Strategic Plan which aligns and promotes the various stakeholders and other plans within the Aerozone District. A proposal submitted by Innovation Economy Partners was selected in June 2020.

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Final Report to the Board of the Aerozone Alliance (August 2017)

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

The origins for this project include a 2011 Cleveland State University feasibility report which provided research on “aerotropolis” developments in general and describes planned development outward from an airport with observations specifically for Cleveland. Subsequently or concurrently, Cuyahoga County Council introduced a resolution to support early efforts to collaborate with stakeholders for the purpose of promoting economic development, job creation, job retention, and workforce development around Cleveland Hopkins airport. The Aerozone Alliance has been organized to create the conditions for an airport city or “aerotropolis” to take shape. The Aerozone Alliance region comprises more than 7,000 land parcels around Cleveland Hopkins airport in multiple political jurisdictions that offer potential to be developed into an “aerotropolis.”  View Report » 

Assessing the Feasibility of an Aerotropolis Around Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: Executive Report (August 2010)

Prepared for: Berea Community Development Corporation
Prepared by: The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

This report provides an assessment of the feasibility of developing an aerotropolis around Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. The report describes the methodology used to assess the feasibility, notes the needs and expectations of community stakeholders, profiles the challenges and successes of six emerging and potential U.S. aerotropolises, and discusses the operating experiences and challenges of 12 additional U.S. airports. Further, this report describes the demographic and economic aspects of the study cities, and discusses potential target industry opportunities. The findings suggest that it is feasible to develop CLE as an aerotropolis, and that CLE may not be suited for an aerotropolis as practiced at other domestic and international airports. Rather, the concept itself may be the platform for moving forward with a defined, staged strategy for development surrounding CLE and should be viewed as an opportunity to develop the concept to specifically fit the region and its economic circumstance.  View Report »

Cuyahoga County Five-Year Economic Development Plan 2018-2022 (June 2018)

Armond Budish, County Executive, Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission, Department of Development, Cuyahoga County Council

The 2018 Economic Development Plan, as proffered by the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission, reflects Cuyahoga County’s desire to collaborate and align with the region’s economic development stakeholders and partners to create and sustain economic and population growth and job creation.  View Report »

Related Resources

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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