Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Back in July, Forbes magazine tossed this out: Who’s the more powerful person in Cleveland — LeBron James or Toby Cosgrove?
It’s an interesting question to ponder, especially this past summer, when the NBA superstar and the Cleveland Clinic CEO were occupying national headlines. Would free agent James stay with the Miami Heat or return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers? Would Cosgrove leave the Clinic to take over the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs?
We all know how that turned out: James is back playing with the Cavaliers, and Cosgrove withdrew his name from consideration for the federal post and remains at the Clinic’s helm.
It’s a win-win for Cleveland and for business here. Turns out both James and Cosgrove are MVPs in Northeast Ohio, representing institutions that provide huge economic benefit, good public relations and real hope for a region that needs them all in equal measure.
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Originally published October 26, 2014.