Cleveland Rocks: No ‘Mistake’ About It

Once considered the “mistake by the lake,” Cleveland is getting the last laugh. After a banner year in 2016 — playing host to the Republican National Convention and winning an NBA championship — the city is beaming with pride, and residents are eager to get the word out about everything the “CLE” has to offer.

“There are some travelers that’ll measure cities by do they have great food, do they have great music, do they have great sports. Cleveland has all of that, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Greg Harris, the Hall of Fame’s president and CEO.

While it may be rocking a major confidence boost, Cleveland is still a work in progress. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric visited the once booming steel town for her series “Cities Rising: Rebuilding America.”

“We experienced a period of about 30 or 40 years that I call … the ‘do nothing’ era,” said Joe Roman, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Cleveland’s fortunes faded in the face of recession and a declining U.S. auto industry. Between 1980 and 2005 the city lost more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs.

But with investments in infrastructure, technology and medicine, Cleveland has become a diversified city while holding onto its roots.

“The good news is we still make things here,” said Roman.

The city has also become a hot spot for entrepreneurship. The nonprofit group Jumpstart helps fund young business owners like Brandyn Armstrong, who developed the Studio Stick, the world’s first portable recording studio for smartphones, which, used in conjunction with a mobile application, can record any type of music or high-quality audio anywhere.

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