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Port of Cleveland Board of Directors Approves Artistic Lighting of Silos in Cleveland Harbor   

The board of directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority earlier this month approved the installation of artistic lighting on cement silos near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River as part of a port initiative to beautify Cleveland Harbor.

For the "Harbor Lights" silo lighting project, the board authorized the port to enter an agreement for lighting equipment and installation with Herbst Electric of Cleveland, after a public bidding process. When completed by early July, the artistic lighting of the 150-foot tall silos with a RGBW LED system will add another point of interest as Cleveland prepares to put its best foot forward for the upcoming Republican National Convention.   

"The port’s role as driver of economic development for Cleveland takes on many forms, including our booming maritime services and key development finance capacity," said Port CEO Will Friedman. "But we’re also passionate about creating an inviting waterfront for residents and visitors. Harbor Lights will provide a spectacular display of public art on what is currently a lackluster industrial structure."

Mr. Friedman also noted that the port’s tandem workboats, Flotsam and Jetsam, would once again be patrolling the lakefront and river to clean up floating debris and trash to make the waterfront safe and inviting.   

"The port is committed to civic partnership and stewardship on our waterfront," said Port Authority Chair Chris Ronayne. "We’re excited to add to the growing vitality along our waterfront through the silo lighting project, especially as we approach the Republican National Convention and Cleveland shines on the national stage."

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