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Cleveland Innovation District | MidTown Cleveland & Cleveland Foundation

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Jeff Epstein
MidTown Cleveland, Director

 Jeff Epstein is the Director of MidTown Cleveland, a 501(c)(3) economic and community development organization that serves the area between downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Jeff also serves as director of the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, an umbrella effort to attract innovative health-tech and high-tech businesses to the area.  In his roles with MidTown and the Health-Tech Corridor, he is responsible for marketing, strengthening and redeveloping the neighborhood, attracting and assisting business growth, and connecting the business and residential community. During his time at MidTown the neighborhood has seen more than $200 million of real estate investment and has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio.

Jeff joined MidTown and the Health-Tech Corridor from The Coral Company, where he served as Vice President of Development, overseeing residential, commercial, and mixed-use development projects, capital markets transactions, and consulting projects.  Prior to joining Coral, Jeff participated in the Cleveland Executive Fellowship, a one-year civic leadership development program. 

Baiju Shah
The Cleveland Foundation, Senior Fellow for Innovation

Baiju R. Shah serves as the Steven A. Minter Senior Fellow for Innovation at The Cleveland Foundation, the world's first community foundation and one of the largest with assets of $2.5 billion. In that role, he focuses on catalyzing strategic initiatives for the region including serving as the Leader of the Cleveland Innovation Project. Guided by a steering committee of CEOs, the Project’s mission is to strengthen technology-led economic growth and prosperity. It is developing public-private-philanthropic ventures that accelerate the digital health, smart manufacturing, and water technologies sectors and related talent, capital, digital equity, and real estate programs. Mr. Shah is also a member of the foundation’s Impact Investing Board which directs its $150 million impact portfolio allocation.

MidTown Cleveland Inc. will host a 45 minute panel discussion on the HTC Innovation District & Placemaking, with MidTown Cleveland Executive Director Jeffery Epstein and Baiju R. Shah, CEO of BioMotiv, followed by a 15 minute q&a. Strengthening the connection between people and places, placemaking is a collaborative process that pays particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place to support its ongoing evolution.

The HTC is a 1,600 acre area spanning the heart of Cleveland’s east side, connecting Cleveland’s vibrant Downtown to its cultural hub of University Circle. The opportunities for business attraction to Cleveland by partnering with the area’s leading health & tech institutions are tremendous and have resulted in over 1,800 new jobs, 500,000 square feet of new or renovated office and lab space, and over $4 billion of investment since 2008. 

Building on the success of the HTC, we’re creating a new center for Cleveland’s innovation economy adjacent to the future Cleveland Foundation HQ on Euclid Avenue & East 66th Street, in a partnership with Wexford Science and Technology as the master developer for this new innovation community in MidTown. A highly-collaborative, walkable and inclusive set of buildings will further link the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor’s Cleveland’s