CLEVELAND – Cleveland is ranked 12th out of the nation’s Top 20 cities when it comes to year over year growth in tech jobs, according to ZipRecruiter.com. One neighborhood in particular is playing a leading role in that growth.
Midtown, once full of blight, is coming back to life in a big way. The neighborhood, which sits between downtown and University Circle, is quickly establishing itself as one of the hottest high-tech corridors in the country.
There are millions of dollars in projects slated to come online in this neighborhood including a “tech hive,” a hotel and residential housing.
“This corridor has seen a lot of disinvestment for a lot of years,” said Jeff Epstein of MidTown Cleveland.
It all started at East 70th and Euclid, the corner that is helping drive redevelopment in this Cleveland neighborhood.
“Dramatic growth of interest in being in this area,” said Epstein.
The restored Baker Electric building is now home to several new high-tech companies, including Vizzle, which produces education software for autism and special needs students.
“I’m a part of the business tech world now,” Courtney Monastra, Vizzle Account Manager.
It’s a change of pace for Monastra, who used to be a Special Ed teacher.
“As I was teaching, I started realizing what an amazing resource technology could be and made my life so much easier,” said Monastra.
Monastra is just one of the many Clevelanders taking advantage of the exploding industry along what’s called the Health Tech Corridor.
JumpStart, which helps finance new tech companies, is dedicating $2 million to get them to set up shop in Midtown.
A Hilton brand hotel and 23 townhomes will be built on Euclid between east 69th and 70th. Closer to downtown, University Hospitals is building a new facility for women and children.
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