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Greater Cleveland Civic Connection Public-Sector Partners

The Greater Cleveland Civic Connection public-sector partners encompass numerous utility and transportation networks over a broad service area.

These agencies are responsible for the ongoing maintenance and operation of roadways, bridges, transit, airports, maritime ports, and utilities including electrical, water, sewer, and stormwater.

City of Cleveland

The Civic Connection partners at the City of Cleveland—including the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, Division of Water, Division of Water Pollution Control, Cleveland Public Power, and Department of Port Control—are at the forefront of ensuring the maintenance and reliability of roadways, bridges, and airports, as well as electrical, sewer, and water utilities within the City limits and in numerous suburban communities.

The City maximizes its infrastructure investment through efficient budgeting and strategic prioritization of projects that provide the greatest community benefit and the highest economic return.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

The Port of Cleveland fosters job creation and economic vitality in Greater Cleveland through its global maritime services, its development financing services, and its new initiatives in leading critical Cuyahoga River renewal and infrastructure projects focused on safeguarding jobs, commerce and recreational activities that depend on the river.

Nearly 20,000 jobs and more than $3.5 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the Port and River system.

The Port’s Cleveland-Europe Express is also the only regularly-scheduled international container service on the Great Lakes and provides the fastest and greenest route between Europe and North America’s heartland.

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County supports economic development thanks in large part through the investments of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and its collaboration with municipal governments and regional agencies.

The DPW partners with local municipalities to fund capital projects along 794 miles of county routes and is responsible for the maintenance of 22 miles of county roads in township jurisdictions.

The County inspects 508 bridges, culverts, and other structures and oversees the maintenance of 209 bridges. Additionally, the County owns and operates the Cuyahoga County Airport located in Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, and Willoughby Hills.

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is the nation’s 13th-largest public transit system, serving more than 45 percent of all public transit riders in the State of Ohio.

RTA provides transportation services for approximately 200,000 customers on a typical weekday, or about 50 million rides annually, through a variety of services, including heavy rail, light rail, bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and Paratransit.

The nationally-recognized “Carrier of Distinction” operates 108 rail cars on 37 miles of track and 603 buses on more than 1,600 route miles. In 2015, RTA provided 25 million vehicle-miles of service throughout Cuyahoga County.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is the largest wastewater treatment provider in the State of Ohio, with a service area of approximately 380 square miles.

The District operates within and around the City of Cleveland, providing service to all or part of 62 communities and more than one million customers. Its three wastewater treatment facilities combine to treat over 90 billion gallons of wastewater annually and have garnered national recognition for excellence in water remediation.

The District continues implementation of Project Clean Lake, its 25-year, $3 billion undertaking aimed at drastically reducing the amount of raw sewage discharge into our waterways.