a) Provide funding priority and other preferences with scoring criteria to projects that
(1) provide for the movement of goods essential to the economic viability of the region
(2) are consistent with state, regional and local economic development priorities, policies and strategies
(3) support the retention and expansion of Cleveland-area businesses and/or attract new businesses to areas served by existing infrastructure
(4) support the development of the region’s manufacturing base, health care system, and other areas of regional economic strength and economic development focus
b) Ensure that NOACA’s Board of Directors includes the expertise of representatives of the business, medical, higher education and non-profit sectors through their participation in the Community Advisory Committee and Business Advisory Committee.
c) Conduct focused studies that identify ways in which NOACA can direct investments and actions to create realistic opportunities for job retention and economic development.
d) Promote regional cooperation in the areas of economic development and job retention.
e) Direct investments and actions to create realistic opportunities for job retention and economic development.