In conjunction with the recently opened Cleveland Convention Center, the adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation had its official ribbon cutting and grand opening Oct. 8 in downtown Cleveland.
The invitation-only ribbon-cutting celebration also served as a handoff of management responsibility, something that wasn’t anticipated even a month before the event. Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), which initiated the $465-million project in conjunction with local government six years ago, rhetorically passed the torch during the ceremony to SMG, the venue management firm that had been selected the day before to take over both the convention center and Global Center.
During the ceremony, MMPI COO Myron Maurer said, “Change is good, and we should all always embrace it.” SMG Senior Vice President Gregg Caren said, “These are the most magnificent facilities we’ve seen in some time. Architecturally, functionally—you haven’t missed a detail.”
The Global Center, attached to the convention center, will have four floors of permanent display space for health care-related companies as well as additional meeting space that can be used in conjunction with the convention center.
Despite the ribbon-cutting ceremony, construction is still underway on some portions of the building and it will not be open to the general public until February. However, events like the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit will take place in advance of that.
In addition to the summit, in the first month alone four health-related conferences are planned at the Global Center.