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Ashtabula County  | : Ashtabula County is the northeastern-most county in the state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 102,728; its county seat is Jefferson. The county is named for a Native American word meaning "river of many fish." The county is probably best known for having seventeen covered bridges within the county limits. Grapes are a popular crop and there are several wineries in the region owing to the favorable microclimate created by adjacent Lake Erie.

City of Cleveland  | : Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles (100 km) west of the Pennsylvania border. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location at the head of numerous canals and railroad lines. Over the years, Cleveland's businesses have diversified into the service economy, including the financial services, insurance, legal, and healthcare sectors. As of the 2000 Census, the city proper had a total population of 478,403, and was then the 33rd largest city in the United States.

Cleveland Foundation  | : Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's second-largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2009 grants of $79 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community's greatest needs: economic transformation (including advanced energy and globalization), public school improvement, human services and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

Cuyahoga County  | : Ohio's Cuyahoga County is the most populous county in the state, with a population of 1,393,978 according to the 2000 census. Its county seat is Cleveland. Cuyahoga County is part of Greater Cleveland, a metropolitan area, and Northeast Ohio, a 13-county region joined together in economic development initiatives.

Erie County  | : Established in the early 1800s, Erie County is geographically the largest county in Pennsylvania, and is located in the northwestern corner of the state. Home to more than 280,000 people, the county offers the only Great Lakes access and port in Pennsylvania. With 759 square miles of Lake Erie, 76 miles of shoreline, over 25 tributaries, and both Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs State Parks, Erie County offers excellent recreational opportunities for visitors and residents. In addition to the view of Lake Erie, many local vineyards and breweries make Erie County a natural tourist destination.  Erie County is also equidistant from Cleveland, OH, Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA - offering access to major highways and railroads for the areas many industrial and manufacturing companies and creating great potential for local economic development. Educational opportunities are abundant through our four universities: Edinboro, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Lake County | Established March 6, 1840, Lake County with only 228.2 square miles of land, is geographically the smallest county in Ohio.  In 2009, The Ohio Department of Development estimated our population at 236,775, ranking us 10th out of 88 Counties.  Our northern border consists of approximately 30 miles of Lake Erie shoreline.  This coastal asset puts Lake County in an enviable position for wind energy and water-related activities and sport opportunities.  Easy access to both SR2 and I-90 have drawn many entrepreneurs from the medical, electrical, adhesive products and other commercial/industrial fields to the area.  Recreational opportunities for residents are available through our many parks and river/lake water related activities.  Our nurseries and wineries are emerging as destination based tourist activity.  Lake County’s diverse ethnic heritage and our commercial, agriculture and industrial bases open many opportunities for a better quality of life and economic growth.

Lorain County  | : Industries such as shipbuilding, steelmaking, auto manufacturing, fishing, and farming brought people to Lorain County and created its industrial heritage. Today the county has a number of industrial sites, available land near railroads, highways, and deepwater access to Lake Erie. Existing manufacturers, infrastructure, and location make Lorain County a great location for the growing renewable energy market. Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Lorain County JVS, and Oberlin College offer a number of cutting-edge educational and training programs for residents and employers. LCCC has the only accredited two-year degree program for wind turbine technicians in the state of Ohio.



Get Connected …to Icebreaker’s supply chain opportunities!

The Icebreaker project will need a broad range of service, equipment, material, and manufacturing suppliers to complete the first offshore wind installation in the Great Lakes.  Contact our strategic partner GLWN as your first step in registering with Project Icebreaker Supply Chain.  GLWN, a Cleveland-based advanced-energy supply chain advisory group, is working with LEEDCo to help identify, qualify, and engage local northeast Ohio and regional companies that have an interest to be part of this project.

Find your opportunity in the Icebreaker project.  Contact GLWN today.


Patrick Fullenkamp                        Dee Holody           

Dir., Technical Services                 Supply Chain Services               

O: 216-920-1956                            O:  216-920-1959


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