Cleveland, Ohio


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The city of Cleveland got its name on July 22nd, 1796.  It was named after the leader of the Connecticut Land Company, who were, at the time, laying out Connecticut’s Western Reserve into townships.  They named the capital after this General Moses Cleaveland.  Cleaveland planned out the downtown area in 1796, and then promptly left, never to return to Ohio again.  Cleveland was subsequently incorporated into a city in 1836.

Today, according to a 2013 US Census estimate, Cleveland proper has a population of 390,113 people.  This makes it the 48th largest city in the country, and the second largest in Ohio, after Columbus.  The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, otherwise known as Greater Cleveland, was estimated to have a population of 2,064,725 people, which is the 29th largest in the US.  Cleveland is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area, which was estimated to contain 3,501,538 people, which makes it the 15th largest CSA in the United States.

Cleveland’s geographic location on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, along with rail links and the nearby Ohio and Erie Canal have helped to establish the city as an important business hub.  The city is home to the corporate headquarters of companies such as Applied Industrial Technologies, Cliffs Natural Resources, Forest City Enterprises, NACCO Industries, Sherwin-Williams Company, and KeyCorp, as well as private equity firms including The Riverside Company, Kirtland Capital Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, and Primus Capital.

The city’s largest private employer, however, is the Cleveland Clinic.  According to a 2008 report by the Ohio Department of Development, the Clinic employs over 37,000 people.  The Clinic was founded in 1921 and is ranked among the top four hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.  The Clinic was ranked number one in America for cardiac care for twenty years, from 1994–2014.

Cleveland is also the home of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field.  The Glenn Research Center, which opened in 1942, is one of ten major field centers for NASA and its primary purpose is to “develop science and technology for use in aeronautics and space.”  As of May 2012, the Glenn Research Center employed 1,650 civil servants and 1,850 support contractors.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is also located nearby.  The Hall of Fame opened in 1983, and “is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and others, who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry.”

The city is also houses Playhouse Square.  This Square, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is the second largest performing arts center in the country (after Lincoln Center in New York City).  This district of theaters was built in the classical revival style and completed in 1921.  The other major performing arts attraction in Cleveland is undoubtedly the Cleveland Orchestra.  Founded in 1918, and considered one of the best Orchestras in the country (it belongs to an elite group of American orchestras, referred to, in hushed tones, as the ‘Big Five’), the Cleveland Orchestra performs in Severance Hall.

Cleveland is home to three major professional sports teams.  MLB’s Cleveland Indians, founded in 1894, play at Progressive Field.  They have two World Series Championships to their name.  The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers play in Quicken Loans Arena.  They have zero championships.  The NFL’s Cleveland Browns play at FirstEnergy Stadium.  They have won 8 championships, all of which occurred before the Super Bowl era.

Own a small business in the Cleveland area?  Considering it?  These resources could prove useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Cleveland

City of Cleveland Business Resources

Cleveland – Bradley Chamber of Commerce

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