Global Visibility & Smart Logistics

Proudly celebrating its 60th anniversary, on the shores of Lake Erie, World Shipping Inc., has grown to become an international organization managing complex international supply chains. In this episode of Great Lakes Forward, our host Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs, is joined by Jackie Csiszar, Vice President, World Group. Together they discuss the creative solutions required to navigate the global supply chain, as coastal ports experience congestion and delays

Great Lakes Forward is a podcast series by the Port of Cleveland that tells the untold story of maritime and tackles topics of shipping, logistics and trade. Find us on the web at www.portofcleveland.com and on FacebookTwitterInstagram, LinkedIn and YouTube we are @portofcleveland Email us with comments and questions at info@portofcleveland.com


Cleveland-Europe Express Increases Capacity

What is the Cleveland-Europe Express?

The Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) was started in 2014 by the Port of Cleveland. It was the first and only Great Lakes container service.

 

What is new with the Cleveland-Europe Express?

The Port of Cleveland has responded to global supply chain problems by expanding the Cleveland-Europe Express service with a container-only vessel to the currently scheduled multi-purpose vessels. This expansion will begin in early September 2021.

 

What is currently being moved through the CEE?

When the Cleveland-Europe Express launched, we used multi-purpose vessels equipped to manage both non-containerized cargo and containerized cargo.

The global market now dictates the need for a solution to container shipments being delayed. This issue led to the Port of Cleveland acquiring an 860 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity vessel that handles only containers. This will allow for more access to the Midwest markets and broadens the scope of the Port’s capabilities.

 

What is the benefit of acquiring an 860 TEU capacity vessel?

The benefit is it will add to our already existing fleet that is a part of the CEE. The other vessels are multi-purpose and, they will continue to bring in a variety of goods, while the 860 will only carry large amounts of containers. The Port expects business to grow by 30 to 50%. This third call added to the previous two allows more opportunity for shippers to push more supplies monthly.

 

Why is the container service and expansion of the Cleveland-Europe Express so critical right now?

First, the current global supply chain issues that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic have now been amplified. The shortage of containers on the market has led to increased prices for cargo owners to move their goods around the globe.

The Cleveland-Europe Express service is at the forefront of the Great Lakes economy. The container-only vessel gives shippers and cargo owners in the Midwest region (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Illinois) the opportunity to move their cargo as close to their final destinations as possible.

From an export standpoint, the CEE allows cargo owners in the Midwest to use a port local in the Great Lakes. This allows them to move their goods through our port to the global economy, whether it be Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, etc. That is what the goal of the service is.

 

How efficiently can these cargoes move in and out of the Port of Cleveland for import and export?

Throughout 2020, the Port of Cleveland expanded our main gate, added TWIC card and plate reading technology, and reconfigured entry and exit lanes, resulting in reduced wait time for trucking companies and truck drivers.

At the forefront of every decision is ensuring a seamless process and elimination of congestion that you find at large coastal ports. If you are a shipper in the Midwest, you can get that cargo to us two to three days in advance. It will hit that sailing schedule and move out through the St. Lawrence Seaway and arrive at the Port of Antwerp in 14 to 15 days.

 

If I am a shipper, why would I use the Port of Cleveland?

Right now, shippers are facing a multitude of challenges and frustrations in their day-to-day business; with the biggest issue being congestion at ports. Utilize the Port of Cleveland and your goods are moved taken care of in a much more efficient manner without congestion on the docks. The Port of Cleveland can get your goods into your consumer’s hands faster than if you were to go through large coastal ports.

 

What do you see as next for the Port of Cleveland and the Great Lakes maritime industry in general?

We want to eventually grow our container service into a weekly service to give customers even more opportunities to move containerized cargo in and out of our facility.

Ports on the Great Lakes are working hard to diversify our cargo base, and the Port of Cleveland is no exception. In the next couple of years, you may see us get into other cargo such as bulk liquid.


Cuyahoga River Bulkhead Condition Assessment Services

Request for Statement of Qualifications

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority | Cleveland, Ohio

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Directors that Sealed Statements of Qualifications (“SOQ”s) will be received by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for the following Project:

Cuyahoga River Navigation Channel: Bulkhead Condition Assessment Services

The selected professional services firm will perform the scope of services outlined in the SOQ documentation, which includes a comprehensive above and below the waterline bulkhead condition assessment along the Cuyahoga River federal navigation channel.

Statements will be received at the office of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Attention: Ms. Carly Beck, 1100 West Ninth Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 until 3:00 p.m. local time on September 21, 2021.

SOQ documentation will be available and may be obtained at the office of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (“Port Authority”) at 1100 West Ninth Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 during regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. or on the Port Authority website: https://portofcleveland.com/doing-business/. Any future addenda will be posted on the Port’s website.

THE PORT AUTHORITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL SUBMISSIONS, TO WAIVE ANY TECHNICALITIES, TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, AND TO OTHERWISE PROCEED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PORT AUTHORITY.

Statements will be evaluated and scored in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and criteria within the SOQ documentation to determine the most qualified, responsive, and responsible professional services firm/team. The Port Authority may request interviews with firms following the submission of their SOQs. The Port Authority will negotiate a contract along with fair and reasonable compensation with the most highly ranked and qualified firm. If negotiations fail with the firm/team ranked most qualified, the Port Authority may elect to enter into negotiations with the firm/team ranked second most qualified.

Any SOQ may be withdrawn or amended prior to the closing deadline. If any interested firm has questions, they should contact Carly Beck, of the Port Authority at 419-386-6095, or email carly.beck@portofcleveland.com.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL THE PORT AUTHORITY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS INCURRED BY ANY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRM IN RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATION AND ANY SUBSEQUENT PHASES OF THIS EVALUTATION AND NEGOTIATION PROCESS.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
William Friedman
President/CEO


American Great Lakes Ports Association - Part II: Infrastructure on the Great Lakes

In this episode of Great Lakes Forward, our host Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs, is joined by Steve Fisher, Executive Director of American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA).

Together, they discuss the infrastructure on the Great Lakes, and Steve discusses what he's paying attention to in the nation's capital with the Biden Administration.

Great Lakes Forward is a podcast series by the Port of Cleveland that tells the untold story of maritime and tackles topics of shipping, logistics and trade.

Find us on the web at www.portofcleveland.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn we are @portofcleveland Email us with comments and questions at info@portofcleveland.com


American Great Lakes Ports Association - Part I: The Saint Lawrence Seaway System

In this episode of Great Lakes Forward, our host Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs, is joined by Steve Fisher, Executive Director of American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA).

Together, they discuss the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway System, identify pain points with the current structure, and examine ways to make the region more competitive.

Great Lakes Forward is a podcast series by the Port of Cleveland that tells the untold story of maritime and tackles topics of shipping, logistics and trade.

Find us on the web at www.portofcleveland.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn we are @portofcleveland Email us with comments and questions at info@portofcleveland.com


Notice of Public Hearing - Series 2021B Bonds

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, or as soon as practical thereafter, in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), a public hearing will be held by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (the “Issuer”) at 1100 West 9th Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, with respect to the proposed issuance by the Issuer of Tax Increment Financing Revenue Bonds, Subordinate Series 2021B (Flats East Bank Project) (the “Series 2021B Bonds”) in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $24,000,000.

The proceeds of the Series 2021B Bonds will be used for the purpose of refinancing a portion of the costs of the construction, installation, improvement, and equipping of an 18 story office tower of approximately 476,000 square feet known as the Ernst & Young Tower (the “Project”) for the benefit of Flats East Development LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (the “Company”), which facilities were financed with the proceeds of: (i) the Port Authority’s Development Revenue Bonds, Series 2010B dated December 21, 2010, (ii) the Development Finance Authority of Summit County’s Recovery Zone Facility Revenue Bonds, Series 2010B dated December 21, 2010, and (iii) the State of Ohio’s Economic Development Revenue Bonds, Series 2010-12 dated December 21, 2010. The Project is owned by Flats East Office Tower LLC and operated by an affiliate of the Company, Flats East Office LLC, located at 950 Main Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, on approximately 3.0 acres near Front Avenue between W. 9th Street and W. 10th Street in the City of Cleveland, County of Cuyahoga, Ohio.

The Series 2021B Bonds will be special obligations of the Issuer and will not constitute a debt or pledge of the faith and credit or the taxing power of the Issuer. Persons wishing to express their views on the proposed bond issuance may appear at the hearing or may submit their views in writing. To ensure their full consideration, all written submissions regarding the proposed bond issuance should clearly reference the aforementioned Series 2021B Bonds and the location and nature of the Project. All written submissions should be sent to the Issuer at the attention of the Garth E. Woodson at 1100 West 9th Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, and be clearly marked: Re: Tax Increment Financing Revenue Bonds, Subordinate Series 2021B (Flats East Bank Project). Written submissions should be mailed in sufficient time to be received on or before the aforesaid hearing date.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

By: Patricia A. Ramsey, Chair


Case Study - INTRO Cleveland

INTRO Cleveland

Behind America's Tallest Mass Timber Building

INTRO Cleveland is a mixed-use development located in the heart of Ohio City. Adjacent to the historic West Side Market, one of Cleveland’s largest tourist destinations, INTRO Cleveland consists of nine stories in total. The development’s first floor consists of 35,000 square feet of downstairs retail, the ensuing floors up to the eighth are used for residential and, lastly, the top, ninth floor combines a mix of residential space as well as approximately 12,000 square feet of event space.

The Port of Cleveland worked closely with Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors to develop custom solutions to import mass timber directly to Cleveland and also leveraged the Port’s financing capabilities to help fund the project.

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2021 CLNP Photo Contest Official Rules

Sponsor

The sponsor is the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, also known as the Port of Cleveland (“Sponsor”). 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.

The Port of Cleveland, 1100 W. 9th Street, Suite 300 Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Term

The Port of Cleveland’s Contest ("Contest") begins on June 1, 2021 and ends on October 31, 2021. For Contest deadlines, view the website landing page for individual Contests.

By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.

Who May Enter

Contest is open to individuals who have reached the age of 18. Unless parental consent is provided.

How to Enter

Capture a photo at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (CLNP). The CLNP is located at 8701 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44108.

Photos must feature at least one element of the categories featured below. Participants must select the appropriate photo category (listed below). All photos should be in color and hi-res (i.e. 300DPI or 2MB) as JPG or JPEG files.

Landscape photos are preferred; however, Portrait photos can be submitted. There is no obligation on the part of the Port of Cleveland to choose photos in each and every category.

Each Entry consists of an entry form and a single image. To enter, visit portofcleveland.com; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph in accordance with the instructions that follow.

The Official Categories (the "Categories") include:

  • Wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, etc.)
  • Plants (landscapes, flowers, trees, etc.)
  • Skyline (downtown-Cleveland skyline)

There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the "Photograph Requirements"). There is no obligation on the part of the Port of Cleveland to choose photos in each and every category.

Photographs must be in color and feature elements of the above categories at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve in Cleveland, Ohio. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). Landscape photos are preferred; however, Portrait photos can be submitted.

Photographs must have been taken during the same calendar (i.e. Photos taken in 2021 can only be submitted for the 2021 CLNP Photo Contest).

Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. For more information, please read our photo contest guidelines. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here (including in the photo contest guidelines) are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize.

The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.

Watermarks are not acceptable. If Sponsor does not receive a non-watermarked version of the entry within ten (10) days following its request, the entry will be disqualified.

The entries in each Category will judged separately, in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. All entries must be submitted and received before October 31, 2021. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Sponsor reserves the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.

Releases

All photos submitted will be used for commercial purposes, however works may be attributed to the photographer. If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing Sponsor and its licensees ("Authorized Parties") to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known.

Similarly, upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed written license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing any Authorized Party to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known.

Finally, upon Sponsor's request, each entrant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Sponsor's request) a signed written license from the owner of any private property included in the photograph entry, authorizing any Authorized Party to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known.

For the purposes of these Official Rules, the entrant will be deemed to be in receipt of Sponsor's request or notification, (a) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by postal mail, five business days after the request was sent by Sponsor, or (b) in the event that Sponsor sends the request by email, on the day that the email was sent by Sponsor.

Contest Prizes

There will be first, second and third-place winners determined by the Port of Cleveland. Each winner will receive recognition on portofcleveland.com as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) via an article about the photographer with their work.

Potential winners shall be required to sign and return within ten (10) days following an attempted notification, an Affidavit, Declaration or Certificate of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and Warranty of Ownership and License in which the entrant warrants that he/she is the owner of the photograph (and all the intellectual property rights in the photograph submitted) and grants to Sponsor and its licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest without additional compensation. Failure to execute and deliver any required documents to Sponsor by the specified deadline may result in disqualification from the Contest, and selection of an alternate potential winner.

NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE, WHETHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR BY MAIL, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATIVE POTENTIAL WINNER.

No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winners permitted. If a prize (or part of a prize) is unavailable, the Sponsor, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the original prize (or that part of the prize) with an alternative prize to the equal monetary value and/or specification, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.

Judging

Contest consists of one (1) round of evaluation. Each judge in a panel ("Judges") will select ten (10) entries in each Category from among all eligible entries based on the following criteria ("Judging Criteria"): (1) Creativity; (2) Photographic Quality; (3) Genuineness/Authenticity of the content. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

License

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at a potential exhibition of winners; publication of a book featuring select entries in the Contest; publication online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant's "moral rights" in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party's website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Lastly, the Port of Cleveland has the right to extend the non-exclusive license to its members.

Limitation of Liability

By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Port of Cleveland and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

The Port of Cleveland assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. The Company is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest.

Conditions

THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of Ohio and the forum for any dispute shall be in the State of Ohio, United States of America. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the photograph to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within ten (10) days to a winner notification as required by the "Contest Prizes" Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

Right to Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the fees submitted with each entry.

Winners List

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names will be available online at www.portofcleveland.com upon the conclusion of the Contest.

Data Privacy

Entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the Contest. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by Sponsor by writing to Port of Cleveland, 1100 W. 9th Street, Suite 300, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Personal data will be used by Sponsor and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein.


Port of Cleveland Welcomes New Board Chair, Aids Vaccine Distribution

Cleveland, OH (May 19, 2021) – In its May board meeting, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Port of Cleveland) welcomed their newly elected officers. Patricia Ramsey officially took over as Chairperson of the Port of Cleveland Board of Directors after the successful tenure of fellow Board member, Jan Roller.

“Our mission is to be an economic generator and promote economic development for Northeast Ohio. That means we must continue to be involved in the economic growth of businesses and work with developers that want to grow Northeast Ohio. As we support these development activities, we’re focusing on our neighborhoods throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to aid in job creation,” said Patricia Ramsey, Board Chair, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. “Additionally, tied together with our economic development initiatives, are our maritime activities. With this, we’re working closely with our partners, vendors and unions to make sure that we are doing good business for the companies here in Northeast Ohio. Moreover, we’re ensuring that our local businesses have access to the Port and are able to use it for imports and exports tied to our region.”

Patricia Ramsey, Board Chair, Port of Cleveland

Over 20,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the roughly 13 million tons of cargo that move through Cleveland Harbor each year.

Board Chair Ramsey previously served as the vice-chair on the Port’s board. She is the Vice President of Community and Economic Development for Fifth Third Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. Ramsey has more than thirty years of experience in community and economic development roles within the financial services industry, managing community outreach and development activities for Northeastern Ohio and Columbus, Ohio in various roles. Board Chair Ramsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Environmental Studies and her Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Last month, the Port Authority also welcomed Peggy Zone Fisher and Andrew Jackson to the Port of Cleveland Board of Directors.

As a recognized Cleveland business and community leader over the last 30 years, Peggy joined the Port’s Board in April. Previously, she was appointed as a National Commissioner of the White House Conference on Small Business by President Bill Clinton, chaired the Ohio Governor's Advisory Council for Travel and Tourism and led Ohio Governor Richard Celeste's China Trade Mission, and advised Cleveland Mayors George Voinovich, Mike White and Jane Campbell on travel and tourism issues. In March 2006, Peggy became the President & CEO of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.

Andrew Jackson joined the Port’s board in April. He is the President and CEO of Elsons International, Owner and CFO of MAC Installations & Consulting LLC, Owner and Operator of AJ Automotive Group, Do-All Landscaping/Snow Plowing and Forest Glen Properties. Prior to his entrepreneurial engagements, Jackson spent over 30 years as a Partner with Accenture.

David Wondolowski was appointed Vice Chair after serving on the Port’s board since 2018. David is the Executive Secretary and Business Manager of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council.

After being appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018, J. Stefan Holmes was selected as the Board’s Secretary. Currently, J. Stefan Holmes sources and manages Public Fund relationships for First National Bank in the Ohio market. J. Stefan Holmes also has more than 27 years of banking experience in Northeast Ohio, including 25 years as Senior Vice President and Public Funds Officer with FirstMerit Bank.

The current board members are as follows:

 

  • Patricia Ramsey, Board Chair
  • David J. Wondolowski, Vice Chair
  • J. Stefan Holmes, Secretary
  • Margot Copeland
  • Paul Hoogenboom
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Darrell L. McNair
  • Jan L. Roller
  • Peggy Zone Fisher

 

Port of Cleveland to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to International Crews

 The Port of Cleveland today launched a program for international vessel crews to get vaccinated when they come to Cleveland. Working with the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the Port will provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine for international crew members as it can be difficult for crew members to access the vaccine during the shipping season.


Modernizing Irishtown Bend

In this episode of Great Lakes Forward, our host Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs, is joined by Tom McNair, Executive Director of Ohio City Incorporated, and Linda Sternheimer, Director, Urban Planning and Engagement at the Port of Cleveland.

Together, they discuss the history and development of Irishtown Bend and the steps required to stabilize the hillside along the Cuyahoga River. Without this critical step, Irishtown Bend would fail, resulting in a lost shipping channel that impacts thousands of jobs regionally. The end goal is a successful shipping channel that is safe and a public park to bring waterfront access to the Ohio City neighborhood.

Great Lakes Forward is a podcast series by the Port of Cleveland that tells the untold story of maritime and tackles topics of shipping, logistics and trade.

Find us on the web at www.portofcleveland.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn we are @portofcleveland Email us with comments and questions at info@portofcleveland.com