CLEVELAND--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) and Cuyahoga County announced earlier today that SMG, the nation’s largest and most experienced convention center and facility management firm, will assume management operations for the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center.
“We look forward to working closely with Positively Cleveland and the local hospitality community, fostering the same alliance model we have built with over fifty destination marketing organizations nationwide”
MMPI recommended SMG to Cuyahoga County as the new facility management team after a thorough, extensive interview and selection process. SMG will assume management duties of the Global Center and Cleveland Convention Center by November 15, 2013.
“SMG is delighted to partner with Cuyahoga County to manage the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation,” said Gregg Caren, Executive Vice President, SMG Convention & Exhibition Centers. “The Cleveland Convention Center facility has quickly established itself as a great place to host a trade show, convention, conference, or special event and has truly put Cleveland back on the map as a convention destination.”
SMG manages 233 facilities throughout North America, including 72 convention centers, 71 arenas, 60 theaters and performance venues, nine stadiums, and 23 equestrian centers. Founded in 1977, SMG is the industry leader in exhibition venues throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean and will bring experience and significant connections to national conventions and trade shows within the convention industry.
Since 1977, SMG has brought a wealth of facility management and operations experience and expertise to more than 230 facilities worldwide, including regional operations in Akron, Canton, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. For convention planners nationwide, the SMG name carries the promise of a professionally managed facility and unparalleled expertise in all phases of convention planning. The SMG brand instills confidence in national clients as well as fostering repeat business from event planners looking to rotate their conventions around the region or around the country.
“We look forward to working closely with Positively Cleveland and the local hospitality community, fostering the same alliance model we have built with over fifty destination marketing organizations nationwide,” said Caren. “Much like a national hotel brand, SMG will provide immediate exposure for the new venue through print and electronic media, representation at key industry events, and national client relationships. SMG gives municipal clients such as Cuyahoga County significant national exposure, speed to market and the benefit of experience and success in convention sales and marketing support.”
The Global Center for Health Innovation will host a formal, invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 8 at 2 p.m. in the Global Center Junior Ballroom, followed by guided tours of the entire facility from 3-5 p.m. to showcase participant spaces.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will feature presentations from (in order) Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Dr. Toby Cosgrove (Cleveland Clinic), Sister Judith Ann Karam (Sisters of Charity Health System), Dr. Akram Boutros (MetroHealth), Thomas F. Zenty III (University Hospitals), Tom Gentile (GE Healthcare), Tim Chapman (STERIS), and H. Stephen Lieber (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society – HIMSS). WKYC-TV 3 senior healthcare correspondent Monica Robins will emcee the event.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will symbolize the completion of Phase I of Global Center construction and will provide an invitation-only audience with an Advance Preview of showrooms nearing completion, including Cardinal Health, GE Healthcare, University Hospitals/Philips, and HIMSS. Phase II, including the opening of an anticipated 12 additional showrooms and an opening of the facility to the general public, is scheduled for February, 2014 and Phase III is set for fall, 2014.
The Global Center is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare, showcasing health and health care innovation, education, and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs, and virtual offerings while building on the rich heritage and distinctive capability of Northeast Ohio health care. The Global Center features four themed floors, including Health and Home on the first floor, highlighted by the State of the Art Patient Home, People, Patients, and Caregivers on the second floor, Clinical Spaces on the third floor, and Healthcare information technology on the fourth floor.