Posted October 28, 2020 in Press Releases
“To be recognized by Sports ETA means so much to the credibility of our organization and validates all the hard work our employees, interns, board members, volunteers and valued partners put into planning and executing our hosted events year in and year out. Our team takes a significant amount of pride in what we do for our community, and this award embodies that pride,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
In 2019, GCSC’s business development team yielded its most impactful year to date as they led efforts to be awarded 10 future events providing a projected economic impact of $117.6 million into Northeast Ohio; including the 2021 NFL Draft. Through these efforts, GCSC is on its way to achieving its business goal of $850 million in impact by the year 2022, in addition to securing a variety of events that range in competition type.
Additionally, the sports commission generated an estimated $87.8 million in impact through hosting 13 national and international competitive events during 2019, including four NCAA Championships, USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and Major League Baseball All-Star Week.
This award is given to a destination member who has made the most exceptional impact on their local community through sporting events and visitor spending during the 2019 calendar year. Sports commissions, sports councils and sports authorities are eligible for this honor. The winning organization is selected based on exemplary performance and merit and is voted on by similar organizations involved with Sports ETA.
“Additionally, being recognized by your peers is a major honor as these are some very hard-working individuals who do an incredible job for their own cities,” said Gilbert. “This award elevates Cleveland to once again be recognized by a national audience.”
Sports ETA will announce all award recipients via their Sports Events Entertainment Network (SEEN) on Wednesday, Oct. 28 which will be followed by a full-page feature in their Fall 2020 Playbook, a digital magazine.
Previously, GCSC was awarded 2007 Sports Commission of the Year by the National Association of Sports Commissions.