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Ribbon cut at Cleveland's biomedical expo site

CLEVELAND — Cleveland's mayor led civic leaders at a celebration of a major new downtown project.

The medical trade exposition hall is part of a $465 million project that includes a newly opened convention center next door.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and leaders of the city's medical research industry were on hand for Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The area's four hospital systems as well as medical equipment companies and health information systems have exhibit spaces spread over the four floors of the new facility.

The expo center has been named the Global Center for Health Innovation and was financed with a tax increase.

Next week the center will host its first major event, the Cleveland Clinic's three-day Medical Innovation Summit.

Two more phases of the expo center are scheduled to be finished next year. Several companies with links to the medical field already signed on to be tenants at the center.

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