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Economic Development

Christel Best, Economic Development Director

The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development is committed to cultivating and enhancing our business-friendly environment as we strive to help our community grow.  With the unique benefit of being home to the Cuyahoga County Airport, having more than 32 acres of buildable greenfield land across from the airport, being home to the Curtiss Wright  Business Park with modern office and industrial space available, being just minutes away from I-271 and I-90 and  being just minutes away the City of Cleveland and its countless attractions, we  are truly one of greater Cleveland’s most spectacular gems!

The cost of doing business in Richmond Heights is comparatively low and we do offer certain beneficial incentives to businesses expanding or locating here, including our Enterprise Zone and our Community Reinvestment Area.

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In the News

December 19, 2017

November 17, 2017

            Here at Sands Company Jewelers with owner Steve in 
        Richmond Heights getting ready for "Shop Local Saturday"

Shop local. Support our City, and remember, when you spend at least $50 at participating Richmond Heights retail businesses on Saturday, Nov. 25, take your receipt to Richmond Town Square that same day, spin the prize wheel, and possibly win $500 or a number of other prizes!

August 1, 2017

The Department of Economic Development partnered with the Richmond Heights Police and Recreation Department on August 1 to host the second annual National Night Out community-building campaign, which also featured a Centennial Bike Ride. Thanks to all who attended and helped make the event a success!

May 4, 2017

City representatives attended the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on May 4, 2017, helping build business connections and communicate to area organizations all that Richmond Heights has to offer.

Dec. 8, 2016

Women in Northeast Ohio are helping to spur economic growth through an organization called Women Leaders in Economic Development ("WLED"). The WLED organization is led by Linda Barita, Director of Strategic Alliances from the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network(MAGNET).

WLED met Thursday, December 8, at  the Cleveland Jet Center in Richmond Heights for their fourth quarter session. The 4th quarter meeting focused on how the Cuyahoga County Airport is a business gateway from our region to the world. Mayor David H. Roche was among the highlighted speakers. Linda Barita said, “The speakers were great, and the tour was really an eye opener. We saw a fantastic facility we have right here in Richmond Heights—so impressive!”

Nov. 11, 2016

Congrats to Christel Best, City of Richmond Heights Economic Development Director, who was named the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) Bright Star for 2016.

Each year, chambers that are members of NOACC each get to nominate a member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.” Christel serves on the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) Board of Directors as the City's representative. She was recognized at a special awards ceremony at October's NOACC leadership meeting, held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Christel co-chairs HRCC's Civic Involvement / Economic Development Committee and has been instrumental in creating dialogue and cooperation among and between HRCC's six member cities. Congratulations for a job well done! 


Enterprise Zone:

The City’s Enterprise Zone provides qualifying businesses with real and personal property tax abatement opportunities for manufacturing, warehousing, research and development.  Businesses that are in the Enterprise Zone and choose to take advantage of this program must agree to retain or create employment and establish, expand, renovate or occupy a facility.  Richmond Heights has locations available for development and/or expansion in the Enterprise Zone.

Community Reinvestment Area

The City’s Community Reinvestment Area provides qualifying businesses and homeowners with real property tax abatement for residential, commercial and industrial projects that take place within a Community Reinvestment zone

The Eastside Greenway Project

A partnership of local and regional organizations and planners including LAND studio, are working to connect 19 Greater Cleveland communities with the Eastside Greenway. With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community. We invite you to share your thoughts on the project at a meeting or through taking a survey.

About the Eastside Greenway
Read more about the Eastside Greenway in the article by Steve Litt or on the website.

Currently Available Office, Land and Commercial Space:

City-Owned Properties:
Click for a list of city-owned properties.

Cuyahoga County Airport
Click for details on Noise Abatement

Regional Chamber of Commerce
Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce