Why Lake Erie is so Important to Northeast Ohio’s Economy

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Cleveland sits on one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, which translates to affordable, accessible drinking water for 12 million people, more than 6,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. I and many others believe this can be leveraged to impact billions more by applying innovation and technology to create the world’s first “Smart Lake.”

Cleveland lost the race to become the first “Smart City” in the U.S., but with our proximity to Lake Erie and our robust water industry, we are poised to create the first “smart” and connected Great Lake . . .

Rita Flanagan