Focus on Lake County

Focus on Lake CountyMichael Bennett

The Republican National Convention is not just a “Cleveland thing.” Community Update checks in occasionally with cities and counties around the region to share what they are doing to engage, assist and prepare within their communities. Elizabeth Connor of the Lake County History Center shares this update.

Why is the RNC Convention in Cleveland important for Lake County?

Lake County and Cleveland share the same history and the same goals for the future. Lake County is an easy 30-minute drive east of downtown Cleveland on I-90. The convention is a regional success and one we hope can showcase the broader Cleveland region to visitors now and well into the future.

What do you hope to gain in the short and long term?

In the short term, we want to make sure the delegations and Convention visitors who are housed in Lake County are welcomed with information that will assist in their stay. In the long term, we hope to build a positive image to encourage visitation and economic development for Lake County throughout the next decade.

What is Lake County doing in preparation?

County organizations such as the Grand River Valley Wineries, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Lake Metroparks, Lake County Historical Society, Holden Arboretum, Lake County Captains Stadium, Historic Kirtland and Kirtland Temple and others are working to provide attractive package options for those delegates and others to enjoy group tours, bus tours and individual or family visits.

The Lake County Chambers of Commerce have launched a website to aid in delegates’ planning, and hosted information sessions for Lake County businesses to see how they can best provide for the Convention week. The core leadership of the committee continues to reach out to delegations and the Host Committee to keep Lake County in the forefront of their minds. So far, we’ve heard great feedback and have been positively received from delegation representatives across the country.

Who is involved in the efforts?

Bob Cahen, executive director of the Lakeland Foundation; Lake County Commissioner Kevin Malecek; and Amy Sabath, co-chair of the Lake County Republican Party, have compiled a team of like-minded individuals to share information that aids in Convention-related planning. For the longer term, however, they have assembled a team of forward-thinking business owners, organization leaders and community members who are partnering to create a successful future for Lake County. We are all working together to highlight our Lake Erie shoreline, our manufacturing and business opportunities, and our national significance through our presidential history and ecological importance. We encourage readers to visit to learn more about Lake County and the Republican National Convention.

For more information and to get involved in Lake County efforts:
Amy Sabath, Lake County GOP –
Linda Reed, Lake County Chambers of Commerce – (440) 357-7572