Explore how Health + Innovation = Community Revitalisation in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio, once a dying manufacturing giant, has transformed itself into a world leader in the dynamic healthcare and biomedical industries.

Through innovative strategy, diverse collaboration and an entrepreneurial ecosystem, Cleveland established a Health-Tech Corridor (HTC). The Cleveland HTC houses four world-class clinical institutions, four colleges and universities, eight business incubators and accelerators. This is supported by 100 gigabit fibre connectivity and a cost of living lower by thirty to sixty percent than Boston, Silicon Valley or New York City.

The Cities Leadership Institute 2019 International Exchange on Health and Innovation is a unique professional development opportunity that builds the capacity, confidence, and connection of Australian urban leaders to create health outcomes for citizens and curate health innovation precincts. Cleveland HTC is just one of the stops on the agenda of the 2019 International Exchange on Health and Innovation . Other cities that will be hosting our delegates include Vancouver, Portland, Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York.

Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor provides start-ups and businesses with access to resources as well as strong and stable connectivity. Combining this with neighbourhood revitalization initiatives and the low cost of living has made Cleveland an ideal city to set up shop. One of the keys to success of the HTC was the strategic development of an environment that encourages collaboration across disciplines. Those interactions spur innovation, attract talent, and bring in the capital needed to continue urban growth and well-being.

One example of how health precincts enable collaboration among sectors is the pacemaker, which was invented through the combined knowledge of an engineer and a doctor. The proliferation of this kind of partnership is integral to the future of health industries and healthy communities.

With hospital building and health infrastructure booming in both regional and metropolitan areas, Australia is well placed to establish health precincts. Building on new and upgraded hospitals as anchors, health precincts are a proven catalyst for jobs and investment as well as ‘smart’ growth that allows more people to access affordable homes and be closer to work. The international connections provided through Cities Leadership Institute International Exchange programmes offer invaluable insight, information and first-hand experience for urban leaders committed to achieving the best outcomes for their cities, towns and communities.

Join us to explore, first hand, the Cleveland HTC and engage in the conversation of establishing health precincts. Contact Leigh via losterhus@citiesleadership.com for more information.

The 2019 International Exchange on Health and Innovation is a part of Cities Leadership Institute’s International Exchange program.

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