Crain’s Editorial: Up for a Challenge?

by | Jun 24, 2018

By Crain’s Cleveland Business

 

We might not have all the data we want or need, but the numbers that are available make it clear that Cleveland’s economy is stuck in slow-growth mode and isn’t strong enough to create sufficient opportunities for the people who live here — or to attract much-needed new residents.

 

Jon Pinney, managing partner of the Kohrman Jackson & Krantz law firm, got a lot of attention for a June 8 speech at the City Club of Cleveland, titled “Dead Last.” As a call to arms, it doesn’t get much more effective than having a key figure in attracting and staging the 2016 Republican National Convention telling a crowd of Cleveland’s business and political leadership that, “We’re getting our butts kicked,” and that the city is “dead last or near the bottom in most economic metrics.”

 

That’s not exactly news. Stories in this publication and others routinely cite government data or think tank reports that point to Cleveland’s economic shortcomings. But Pinney helped frame the terms of the challenge. Now it’s up to all of us to kick Cleveland into a higher economic gear.

 

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