Global Cleveland is focused on regional economic development through actively attracting newcomers, welcoming and connecting them both economically and socially to the many opportunities throughout Greater Cleveland. Global Cleveland will provide a point of contact for all newcomers, both domestic and international, to help them establish greater organizational and individual connection within the Greater Cleveland community. The work launched in Spring 2011, with a day-long Community Summit and an open invitation to the civic leaders, business leaders and the public to join in the effort.
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What you can do
Join in any of the conversations below. They were all started at the Community Summit to begin continue the efforts of the working groups established there, but you don't have to have been at the Summit to be a part of the dialogue now and a part of the work in the future.
Vision and Mission
- 100,000 newcomers to Greater Cleveland by 2021
- A welcoming region that is a place of opportunity for people of all ethnic and international backgrounds
The mission of Global Cleveland is to strengthen the region by attracting and retaining newcomers and connecting them to opportunities, resources and services; by recognizing and valuing their contributions as neighbors, civic partners and entrepreneurs; and, by promoting the region as a welcoming place for all.
The Global Cleveland Welcome Hub, located in the new Huntington National Bank building on Public Square, will be the central connection point for all newcomers. In addition to the headquarters in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, connection points will be created across the community in libraries and various neighborhood organizations. These locations will provide newcomers with the services and materials they need.
Global Cleveland will focus its work in four main strategic areas, by either providing direct service or by partnering with other organizations. The four strategies include:
- Attracting skilled newcomers to the region and filling open jobs;
- Retaining talent and providing them opportunities to connect to the region;
- Expanding and diversifying community networks to encourage connections and spur innovation;
- Creating a welcoming and open region that is a place of diversity and opportunity for all.
Increasing both the domestic and international migration to Cleveland will support economic development as newcomers fill job vacancies, start companies and add to the educational attainment of the region. The skills, connections and diversity brought by newcomers are assets to the region and will contribute to the broader community's prosperity, just as newcomers from many regions of the country and the world have during Cleveland's past.
As Cleveland civic and business leaders focus on economic growth in healthcare and new manufacturing, Global Cleveland will support those efforts by leveraging and expanding networks and opportunities to attract talented individuals to this region to fill open jobs and potentially create new ones.
Who is behind this?
Initial funding will come from four founding sponsors, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Forest City Enterprises, Huntington National Bank and the Cleveland Foundation. The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have also pledged support.
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