Northern Ohio: Ohio for Miles
In the News :: February 1, 2011
FROM MEETINGS FOCUS: Northern Ohio stretches along Lake Erie from Cleveland, hub of the northeast with its growing medical, biotech and export industries, to Toledo in the west. Conveniently located in between are the outdoor playgrounds of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands. The region is abuzz with change. It will be welcoming two of four Ohio casinos, while two high-profile attractions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, have both announced expansion plans, and theme parks and attractions have also been growing.
Downtown is getting a new convention center integrated with a permanent medical mart, plus one of the four casinos approved by Ohio voters in November 2009. In addition, several new boutique hotels have been announced in recent months. Work began in early January on the $425 million Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center (MMCC), with a 100,000-square-foot mart and more than 320,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It is scheduled to open in September 2013 on the site of the 85-year-old Cleveland Convention Center, which took its last groups in the fall.
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