CLEVELAND — Ohio officials unveiled plans for the Cleveland Innovation District this week.
“The Cleveland Innovation District creates partnerships across different sectors of the economy and positions Ohio as a competitive place to invest in,” said Gov. Mike DeWine.
The project would bring together Northeast Ohio's health care providers and education institutions to create a pathogen research center. DeWine said the program could create 20,000 Ohio jobs over a decade, including 10,000 direct jobs in the health care and IT sectors and 10,000 indirect jobs. DeWine's office estimates the economic impact for Cleveland and Ohio will be $3 billion.
The Cleveland Innovation District brings together the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, the city of Cleveland and state partners.
“We’ve all known for a long time that if you could bring these five great institutions together we could build a word-class health innovation destination for Cleveland and Ohio, and that’s exactly what we are doing today,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
Officials said the Innovation District would focus on research and innovation into pathogens, both current and future threats to human health, particularly relevant in the age of COVID-19.
“This historic investment will position Cleveland Clinic’s Global Center for Pathogen Research & Human Health to alter the course of human welfare. The world has experienced the destruction triggered by pathogens, we will be part of the solution. Together, our four world-class partners will build the Cleveland Innovation District into a vibrant forward-thinking partnership that creates jobs, transforms research and educates the workforce of the future," said Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, CEO and president, Cleveland Clinic.