Fairfax is a historic collection of churches, houses, apartments and businesses, all important to the story of Cleveland and its development as a diverse city. The neighborhood is home to three of the city’s most important institutions: the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland’s largest private employer; the Cleveland Playhouse, a cultural landmark and entertainment destination; and Karamu House, an important interracial arts center.
The Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center is a collaborative effort between the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC), the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and about 20 other organizations to bring an important health care institution right to the heart of Fairfax. The GCIC will be dedicated to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, spinning off new companies and recruiting experienced leaders in an effort to become internationally recognized for cardiovascular expertise. The FRDC will build, own and manage the GCIC Accelerator, which will be the home for GCIC member companies and the base of operations for the GCIC. The presence of the new facility here shows commitment and dedication to improving the community of Fairfax and fostering local economic growth and stability.