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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.


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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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


Invested in the Community with Tom O'Brien

In this episode of Great Lakes Forward, our host Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs, is joined by Tom O’Brien, Director of Neighborhood Connections in Cleveland, Ohio. In November 2020, the Port of Cleveland announced the launch of a Community Investment Fund to provide support to economically vulnerable neighborhoods in the Greater Cleveland area. The fund launched by awarding $150,000 total in grants, of which Neighborhood Connections received $100,000 for economic development.

Together, Jade and Tom discuss the partnership between the Port and Neighborhood Connections and some of the projects and initiatives that are on the horizon

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, LinkedIn and YouTube we are @portofcleveland Email us with comments and questions at info@portofcleveland.com


Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is partnering with the Port of Cleveland for renovation of museum’s facilities

Cleveland, OH (February 11, 2021) – The Port of Cleveland is proud to partner with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, an Ohio nonprofit corporation and cultural, research and educational institution, by providing up to $75 million tax-exempt cultural facility bonds to assist with the financing of costs of acquiring, constructing, renovating, expanding, equipping and improving the facilities of the museum.

“The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a special place in the hearts of Clevelanders. For some, it’s the start of careers or new interests. For me, it was the site of the first date with my wife. Today, we are proud to approve this funding on behalf of our region,” said J. Stefan Holmes, a member of The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Board of Directors.

The museum’s continued commitment to Cleveland will create a positive impact in Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio and the State of Ohio. Currently, the museum employs 160 people, educates approximately 100,000 students per year and attracts over 300,000 visitors annually.

The funds raised through the bond issuance will help the museum expand these efforts with the addition of new education and collection spaces, the creation of a new visitor hall and new wing, the renovation of the existing exhibit space and existing building, upgrades to central utilities and other improvements to Museum facilities and related acquisitions.

In 2020, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History celebrated its 100th anniversary, honoring the integral role of the museum to the region’s quality of life, cultural and economic vibrancy, educational and scientific advancement, and as a leader in the region's conservation and sustainability efforts.

Extending beyond the region, the museum has been recognized as a global leader in scientific research for the past century. With vast collections containing more than five million research specimens and artifacts, it is Ohio’s largest museum devoted to the natural sciences and one of the top 10 natural history museums in the United States.