About the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

The North Coast

The Port of Cleveland is one of the largest ports on the Great Lakes. Over 22,000 jobs and $4.7 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the roughly 13 million tons of cargo that move through Cleveland Harbor each year. The Port of Cleveland is the only local government agency whose sole mission is to spur job creation and economic vitality in Cuyahoga County. The Port is an economic engine for our community, a key to Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness, and a crucial partner in building Cuyahoga County’s future.

Economic Impact

  • 22,000 Jobs supported by maritime activity
  • $4.7 Billion of total economic value supported in the region
  • $1.8 Billion total personal income and local consumption

Mission, Vision & Core Values


The Port fosters job creation and economic vitality in Greater Cleveland. Our maritime services and assets add value and results in a competitive advantage for regional firms to compete globally. The Port also tackles challenges tied directly to jobs, quality of life, and environmental sustainability through innovative development financing services and selective public investments in critical harbor projects.



The Port of Cleveland will be known as the premier port of the Great Lakes: highly effective, efficient, innovative, and trusted in delivering its mission of spurring economic vitality and job creation for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.


Core Values

The Port of Cleveland strives to combine the best of business: An entrepreneurial mindset that is inspired by market opportunities and thoughtfully responsive to market demands; with the best of government: a public servant that safeguards public assets and operates with full transparency and accountability.

We take our values to heart and live them every day.

  • Integrity & Honesty: The highest standards
  • Action: Generate and retain good jobs for our region’s workforce
  • Customer-Focused Approach: Responsive, fast-moving, and entrepreneurial
  • Fiscal Discipline: responsible management of public assets
  • Inclusive Practices: reflect our diverse community
  • Stewardship: improve the waterfront environment today and leave a legacy for tomorrow
  • Collaborations: high-performing team and effective partnerships with a broad range of businesses and organizations in the region