The conceptual design by Cleveland visionary Christopher G. Axelrod for The Rockometer is being enthusiastically received in the Northeast Ohio area.
"Since the initial release of information about the Rockometer on September 12, the response has been overwhelming," said Axelrod. "I have had people of all walks of life contact me, telling me what a good idea this is. Business people, media, civic leaders - everyone has offered me their complete support."
A rockometer is a retro measuring devise or pulse meter, which will indicate the "spirit" or civic "heatbeat" of Cleveland. The actual meter, situated at the crown of the façade on The Rockometer Building will be enhanced by three jumbo outdoor video screens directly underneath, which will indicate a visual explanation as to why the meter is pointing to low, medium or high (such as for The Cleveland Browns just winning a game). This "social seismograph" will never be utilized as a commercial or advertising element, and all the programming of the content will be created in-house by the staff marketing team, according to Axelrod.
The Rockometer Building will be a 98,000 square foot events hall with banquet seating for 2,000, located at the corner of East 9th Street and North Marginal Road (across the street from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). Designed to reinforce Cleveland's position as the "Rock and Roll Capital," the Rockometer is designed to attract conferences and meetings from across the globe. It will be unlike any other facility in Cleveland or the nation. More information can be found on the website: www.therockometer.com.
As a result of this outpouring of support, Mr. Axelrod has decided to take the project to the next step.
"In an effort to bring this concept closer to reality, in the next several months, I will be working closely with my team of advisors to further develop the concept. This will include a formal business plan, business modeling and the development of architectural drawings. I can see the potential of adding a themed restaurant along with unique Rock-related retail stores to supplement what already exists in that general location," explained Axelrod. "Also, I will be working to gain support from various governmental agencies in an effort to bring this concept to reality."
A press conference, previously scheduled for September 25, is deemed no longer needed. "The public has spoken and it approves," declared Axelrod. "I will, of course, always remain available to discuss the project one-on-one with interested people and the media. I am always open to advice and new ideas."
Axelrod, an owner of National Concession and National Catering Companies, has over 30 years of experience in the special event business. His companies operate on a national basis and serve over eight million people annually.