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The “rust belt” image of yesterday gives way to the Cleveland of today, where our economy has emerged as a biomedical leader thanks to healthcare networks and hospital programs that are consistently ranked best in class on a global level. A renaissance is in full swing with downtown development and a thriving culinary scene, fueled by our many bespoke food/beverage companies and nationally recognized chefs. Cleveland’s renowned art museums, orchestra and theater district inspire and empower creative commerce in the region. Our storied and massive philanthropic network is empowering and funding entrepreneurs, community developers, educators and change agents to remake Cleveland for the Experiential Age.

CLEVR Community is the founding member of the Cleveland Chapter of the VR/AR Association. CLEVR’s mission is to improve the socioeconomic health of Cleveland through advocacy, education, R&D, incubation and promotion for people and companies focused on developing high demand XR based product, content, experiences and services.

As the rise of XR based industries begins to shift demand from the Corporate-Coder to the Creator-Composer; Cleveland is fortunate to have thought leaders running innovative, multi-year and cross disciplinary degree programs that arm students with the 3D Modeling, Illustration, Animation, Sound Design, Architecture and Game Design/Development skills they need to extend our physical reality. Welcome to the home of the XR BELT!

Cleveland’s recent grads are finding careers that offer immediate opportunities to work locally in XR including:

  • Crafting corporate Tech and XR strategy, and building custom VR and AR based  solutions for startups, midsize and enterprise companies at RazorEdge

  • AR publishing and storytelling at 360 Alley

  • Engineering high performance optical coatings for next generation optics from Apple, Oculus, Meta, ODG, Vuzix, Dreamworld, Microsoft, DAQRI at North American Coating Laboratories (NACL)

  • Selling, designing, supplying and deploying VR/AR Labs for K-12 and University Level Educators at Channel XR, the world’s first pure play extended reality marketplace

  • Urban space and interaction design at Seventh Hill Design • Delivering Virtual Reality based wellness solutions for seniors at Flipside VR


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Reynaldo Zabala, Chapter President, reynaldo@thevrara.com

Reynaldo is a passionate tech strategist and enterprise software developer who began his career with Accenture’s Microsoft Solutions Organization back in 2000 focusing on large scale ecommerce platform and ERP system integration projects. Reynaldo launched RazorEdge in 2007 to provide enterprise and midmarket B2B companies with process and technology re-engineering solutions aimed at exploiting market opportunities and driving cost efficiency. For over 17 years, he has excelled as a technology executive, chief software architect and enterprise technology consultant for companies ranging in size from startups to global multinationals with over $32B in top line growth. Reynaldo’s current passion is working to restore Cleveland Ohio's position as a leading city of technological innovation. He is the co-founder of CLEVR, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve Cleveland's socioeconomic conditions by channeling the ingenuity of Clevelanders towards the creation of high demand AR/VR based content, products and services.

Dan Fiore, Chapter Vice President



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