Cleveland Orchestra looking to attract European businesses to home town

Posted on: August 30, 2010

“The Cleveland Orchestra attracts music lovers,” writes Tom Breckenridge in Friday’s (8/27) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “Local business leaders hope it can draw some international business to Northeast Ohio. The orchestra and Team NEO, the region’s business-attraction group, will host 20 European business executives on Saturday for a performance in Lucerne, Switzerland. The 20 represent companies and industry associations across Europe, mostly manufacturing with a mix of solar power and biomedical interests. They’re invited to a reception before the performance and will visit with Austrian-born Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra director. A dinner is planned afterward, as well as a meeting Sunday. The orchestra is on a two-week tour of summer music festivals in Europe. Team NEO is on a two-year quest to attract international investment to the region, launched with a $1 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation. The goal over two years is to land three or four deals with companies that commit to a minimum $1 million investment here and would generate at least 20 jobs over three years, Team NEO officials said.”

Posted August 30, 2010