No one thinks of Northeast Ohio as a tech center comparable to the likes of Seattle or Silicon Valley, but as manufacturing jobs severely contracted in the early 2000s, the region’s economy diversified, and IT was and continues to be an integral part of that change.
“As manufacturers stopped producing products here, businesses realized that this is still a really good place to run a company because we have a lot of the wraparound services that make it easy,” said Jacob Duritsky, vice president of research and strategy for Team NEO, a nonprofit economic development organization for the 18-county Northeast Ohio region.
“There is a perception that Northeast Ohio does not have an IT base that other markets have, and it’s true that Google is not headquartered here and Twitter is not here, but IT is a key component to all the growth sectors in our region,” he added.
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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Kim Palmer.
Originally published Aug. 31, 2020.