CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - From what was seen today in the pride, exposure, cultural and economic impacts the Hilton brings to Cleveland, one could easily say it was money well spent.
"We are on time, under budget by $20 million and we're open in time for the Republican National Convention," County Executive Armond Budish said.
Now, that's what you call a winning trifecta for Cleveland. Budish was joined by others, including Mayor Frank Jackson, at the ribbon cutting which ushers in a new hotel era with the grand opening of this Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Music to our ears and continued progress and no doubt things are looking up because of this 600-room, 272-million dollar hotel now stand in the great American city run by Mayor Jackson.
"This hotel is essential for the convention center to be competitive and it was essential for us winning the Republican National Convention."
The fanfare is worth it. When you take a look inside the new, shining facility, it's an example of the can-do spirit in Cleveland. Just ask Terri Agosta, the general manager who cut the ribbon for today's grand opening.
"Today is the day that we open a new front door in Cleveland, a door that will never close," Agosta said. "We built from the ground up. We've grown our team over 350 team members strong from very community. Today, we usher in a new standard of hospitality. The standard of light and warmth of Hilton and we're so excited to be a part of it."
I was at the new convention center when the Hilton folks were hiring people on the spot. They have been trained in the Hilton tradition, so now they get to go to work supporting their families and serving the public. What's not to like about that?
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