Beachwood to get 700 Cleveland Clinic jobs
Beachwood will soon be home to 700 Cleveland Clinic employees.
The Cleveland Clinic will move in to the former Bank of America site off of Richmond Road on Science Park Drive. The Clinic owns five buildings on the property and leased space to Bank of America, who left the site Oct. 31. Bank of America announced in August that it would be leaving Beachwood and about 1,000 employees would be laid off.
Cleveland Clinic spokesperson Heather Phillips said the Clinic is looking to move into the Beachwood offices by the end of 2014 and will probably move into the new location in phases.
The jobs moving to the city will mostly be administrative positions in information technology, pathology and radiology, Phillips said.
Phillips said the employees are currently housed in the Parker-Hannifin Building in Cleveland, which was donated to the Cleveland Clinic in 1997. She said the Clinic had been looking for a new location in a number of different cities and decided to take advantage of moving into buildings it already owned when Bank of America relinquished its lease.
In recent months, Beachwood has provided job creation and relocation grant to companies such as OMNOVA Solutions and Paul Moss LLC, but Mayor Merle S. Gorden said in a statement that no such incentives were given to the Cleveland Clinic.
"No public incentives were discussed as part of their decision," Gorden said. "This move is a business decision made by the Clinic, which is based in Cleveland and remains heavily invested in the city. Any steps taken by the Clinic to improve the efficiency of its operations and contribute to its future growth and fiscal vitality are, in the long term, good for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and all of Northeast Ohio."
Beachwood is one of 59 communities in Cuyahoga County that signed the Cuyahoga County Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol.
"We, as a region, are competing with greenfield sites in outlying counties and cities outside of Ohio," he said. "We don't celebrate any city's loss."
Gorden said Beachwood recently held a job fair in conjunction with Bank of America for 600 of the bank's affected employees. He said 56 employers were at the event.
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