The Red Room Revolution is an organization set up by Thompson Hine to launch and accelerate progressive economic growth in greater Cleveland through information technology transformation. Thompson Hine formed the Red Room Revolution as a true demonstration of commitment to economic transformation of Cleveland.
The Red Room is the community gathering room next to the Mayor’s office for the City of Cleveland. In early 2005, Cathy Panzica initiated monthly Dialogues in the Red Room with various members from the information technology community to replicate a format in London where she worked with Tony Blair’s Office of the E-envoy. The Red Room discussions focused on opportunities and challenges to propel the region for growth in the technology arena. After a series of Dialogues, a number of information technology initiatives were created to transform and drive a new Cleveland economy. The Mayor of Cleveland, Jane Campbell, endorsed these initiatives and announced them to the press on August 24, 2005 and has, with her staff, formulated several government initiatives that have helped drive the Revolution’s agenda.