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Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice


The origins for this project include a 2011 Cleveland State University feasibility report which provided research on “aerotropolis” developments in general and describes planned development outward from an airport with observations specifically for Cleveland. Subsequently or concurrently, Cuyahoga County Council introduced a resolution to support early efforts to collaborate with stakeholders for the purpose of promoting economic development, job creation, job retention, and workforce development around Cleveland Hopkins airport.

The Aerozone Alliance has been organized to create the conditions for an airport city or “aerotropolis” to take shape.

The Aerozone Alliance region comprises more than 7,000 land parcels around Cleveland Hopkins airport in multiple political jurisdictions that offer potential to be developed into an “aerotropolis."

This project involved technical assistance performed by the Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice to assist in organizing the effort. This report draws on a scope of work intended to:

  • assist in developing the design and composition of the Aerozone Alliance board membership, governance, working committee structure, and work project implementation;
  • set the conditions for a mutually agreeable work plan for the board and its committees with project outcomes;
  • and provide support in the form of staffing to organize stakeholders which may include: 1) preparing four meeting agendas; 2) note-taking at meetings with written minutes; 3) coordinating communications of the committee members; and 4) research as required.