Cleveland is a city proud of its manufacturing past and blue-collar identity. However, recent years have seen our city transition from the “rust belt” region of the last century to a center of advanced research and technology sprinting toward the future in a number of industries, most notably in the healthcare sector.
This unique mix of old-school work ethic and new-wave innovation, along with the strong presence of nationally recognized industry leaders, 109,000 diverse companies and a skilled labor force of 2 million, makes Cleveland an outstanding choice for your next health- or high-tech meeting.
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Cleveland’s manufacturing past started with John D. Rockefeller founding Standard Oil of Ohio in 1870. That success has endured in Cleveland but evolved in recent years to occupy other highly advanced sectors, including steel (Arcelor Mittal), aerospace (NASA Glenn, Lockheed Martin, Parker Hannifin) and paint manufacturing (Sherwin-Williams). Advanced manufacturing has seen a 92% increase in manufacturing productivity from 1990 to 2015, not to mention the addition of 16,939 jobs between 2010 and 2012.
Cleveland’s University Circle has the most concentrated area of hospitals and medical research centers in the nation. Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are the city’s largest employers, with a combined workforce of more than 46,000. Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected hospital systems in the nation, has been recognized as #1 in the U.S. in heart care for 24 years running. University Hospitals includes Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (among the nation’s best) and highly rated Seidman Cancer Center.
Downtown’s Global Center for Health Innovation, managed by BioEnterprise, brings world health care leaders and researchers together in one location to develop solutions to high-priority issues. Major collaborators include: Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, University Hospitals, Siemens, Accenture Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health and Steris. In 2018, Cleveland became the third American city, following Silicon Valley and New York, to become a home for digital health innovation accelerator Plug and Play, which is now part of the Global Center.
The Land boasts more than 25 accredited colleges and universities in the region, several that rank among the very best in the nation. Case Western Reserve University is a recognized leader in health, engineering and business innovation. Their School of Medicine is on the cutting edge of medical technology, evident in projects like their HoloAnatomy app that leverages experiential technology to transform the classroom or their work with Cleveland Clinic involving the many varied uses of 3-D printing in clinical practice. Engineering programs at University of Akron and Cleveland State University also routinely rank among the best in the country. No matter the area of study, Cleveland’s many educational institutions are an integral part of the growth of advanced technology in the area.
Cleveland is the Health Tech/High-Tech Meeting Hub
With 700 biomedical companies and 60 health care systems in one destination, Cleveland is an ideal destination for your next medical meeting. Whether you’re planning multiple educational panels and workshops at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, or touring showrooms filled with the latest in health innovations at the connected Global Center, each meeting can be customized to deliver memorable experiences for attendees with educational opportunities, tours, and speaker series in a city that boasts world class accommodations, culture, cuisine and entertainment.