Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) has announced that the 24th Annual Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Conference & Expo will be held at Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center (CMMCC) in downtown Cleveland, June 17 - 20, 2014. The CMSA Conference & Expo is expected to welcome more than 2,000 convention attendees to CMMCC for a four-day conference with additional pre-conference activities. CMSA is expected to utilize more than 100,000 gross square feet of exhibit space in the new Cleveland Convention Center, scheduled to open in July, 2013. The 2014 CMSA Conference & Expo is the largest healthcare association conference ever hosted in downtown Cleveland. … Read More
FROM WKYC "Between the Lines" (July 22, 2012): It's one of the projects expected to bring more activity, business and energy into a revitalized downtown Cleveland. The Medical Mart/Convention Center is more than two-thirds built. And the $465 million dollar project's coming in ahead of time and at or under budget.
The Medical Mart concept of a showcase/showplace for health care products is evolving. A big goal now is to get big companies to collaborate to exhibit the products together in the approporaite futuristic environment.
Education as well as conventions will be a component of activity that takes place there. Conventions and exhibitors are being booked. About 40 percent of the space is spoken for.
MMPI, the firm behind the project, is meeting with an advisory board of health care companies to design a facility that meets their needs.
News reports about a lack of connected parking is raising some concerns. And a rival project in Nashville is still making some headway.
What are the expectations and concerns for the project? Will it deliver what's expected? How will a giant park enhance the project and have value to the public?
Tom Beres discusses these questions with Channel 3 Political Analysts Dennis Eckart and Mary Anne Sharkey and MMPI Vice President Jim Bennett on this edition of Between the Lines. … Read More
The economic impact of the Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center is still being formalized. Will the million-square-foot meeting and tradeshow complex be marketed more toward conventioneers spending a couple of active days in Cleveland, or will emphasis be placed on the medical mart as a "learning center" for healthcare professionals? … Read More
With these issues still coming into focus over a year out from the complex's projected opening, new senior vice president Jim Bennett believes that however the project is mapped, all roads will lead to Cleveland either for visitors arriving here for meetings and tradeshows or to see the latest in ground-breaking medical technology in a state-of-the-art setting.
Bennett, a healthcare industry veteran and resident of Cleveland since 1982, was hired in April by developer MMPI Inc. to oversee the $465 million investment. The 235,000-square-foot medical mart being constructed on the northeast corner of St. Clair and Ontario is set to house permanent showrooms focused on healthcare information technology, medical devices, health education and more. The mart is connected to a convention center located at the city's Mall and making up three-quarters of the complex's overall square footage. The convention center will feature 30 meeting rooms and a 30,000-square-foot grand ballroom offering picturesque views of Lake Erie.
Cuyahoga County's new convention center is now expected to open July 1, 2013, two months ahead of schedule, county Executive Ed FitzGerald will announce today. The early opening would allow the exhibit hall with its meeting space and ballrooms beneath the downtown malls to welcome the National Senior Games next summer, and help establish the venue's reputation among the nation's event planners.
"It's a perfect opening for the entire project," FitzGerald said during an interview Thursday. "The amount of positive publicity is enormous. It's worth millions and millions of dollars."
Construction began in January 2011 on the $465 million, taxpayer-financed project, which includes a medical mart to showcase medical technology on the northeast corner of St. Clair Avenue and Ontario Street, and the connected convention center underground. … Read More