Cleveland hosts Allies Day to help city continue growth
The City of Cleveland and its Economic Development Corporation held the fourth annual Allies Day on March 6th at the Civic Center.
Allies Day was started as a means to introduce Cleveland to the rest of the world.
EDC president Brad Browder addressed the crowd during breakfast.
“The EDC started these Allies Day events a few years ago,” Browder said. “The idea was creating an alliance with developers, relators and businesses from the area. One of our goals at EDC is to create jobs and prosperity for Cleveland and the area. There’s a lot of good going on in Cleveland and Allies Day is one of the many tools we use to let people know what is going on in the community.”
Attendees were taken on a bus tour around the city of Cleveland that was highlighted by the new Houston development Grand Oaks Reserve, Industrial Park Cleveland West and Sharpe International.
Grand Oaks is a 600-acre mixed use development that could feature close to 1,000 homes in addition to condominiums. It is being developed in part by The McKinley Development Group.
“The McKinley Group saw Cleveland as the diamond in the rough that it is,” said Cleveland Mayor Otis Cohn. “They recognized the potential, and I think Allies Day has had something to do with pushing that potential on out of town investors. I think they have noticed. Cleveland is going to take its place eventually among the important towns in Texas. As I said a while back, one day people will ask ‘is it the one in Ohio or the one in Texas?’ I really do think that is our potential.”
The attendees were taken on a tour of Grand Oaks Reserve to see the five modeled homes that are on display for customers. Homes, which begin in the $200,000-range should be available for purchase in about a month.
With growth on its way to Cleveland, people will need a place to raise their families, Cohn said.
Grand Oaks developers have brought that dream to Cleveland.
“That’s certainly easy to describe as the showcase of the event,” Browder said. “It’s been two years of absolute joy to see what has been going on at Grand Oaks Reserve. You can see the houses on the ground, and they’re starting to sell soon.”
Cleveland West has warehouses built that are ready to provide for business and Sharpe International is in the process of cleaning up their site to begin their business.
Mayor Cohn addressed the crowd and reminded the attendees that Cleveland was not going to be left behind.
“The town is growing, the town is prospering,” said Cohn. “People that live around here and travel around town can see things going on, and that’s a good thing.”