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Power of More Holds Luncheon at Emerald Center

On Tuesday, May 10th, we attended a "Power of More" luncheon at the Emerald Event Center on Silktree Lane in Avon. The "Power of More" is an umbrella organization consisting of the North Coast (us), Fairview Park, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, and West Shore chambers of commerce. IMG_0872The speaker of the day was Mr. Dave Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation. Mr. Johnson talked about the power of both entities (opened in 2013) to aid in the re-vigorization of Cleveland.

First, the Global Center is the "beacon for engagement, connection, and inspiration to innovate healthcare today and in the future" and the mission of the Convention Center is "regional economic development-fill hotel rooms and attract out-of-town convention attendees who will inject new money into our region."

So far, the Global Center has hosted nearly 300 healthcare industry meetings and events involving the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Hyland, Steris, and BioEnterprises. In just 18 months the convention center has hosted 501 conventions, meetings, trade shows, and events which has attracted 420,950 attendees who have filled 191,870 hotel rooms. It has injected $200 million into our community. The impact of the RNC is already quite positive because 75 events have been booked at the Convention Center just because Cleveland will be home to the RNC.IMG_0874

In fact, the "Power of More" might be having an event at the Convention Center in the not-too-distant future announced Mr. John Sobelewski, Executive Director of the North Coast Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Manager for the "Power of More."

With so many chambers participating, there were a large number of people at the luncheon. Among the people that we talked to was Mr. Jerry P. Cline, an attorney who remembers listening to Ms. Margaret W. Wong speak at a labor law conference several years ago. We also visited with Mr. Herb Hoppe, a retired attorney and member of the Westlake Rotary. Mr. Hoppe recalled that Ms. Margaret W. Wong helped the Villa Montessori when one of their employees from Indonesia had an immigration issue.



Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.

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