“For the employers in the region to prosper, we need to help them attract individuals with the necessary skills or experience to fill their open jobs,” said Baiju Shah, Global Cleveland’s chairman of the board. “When you support the employers in the region they, in turn, drive economic development and create new jobs.”
Other topics included leveraging relationships between ethnic communities and affinity groups to create welcoming neighborhoods. Global Cleveland will work with strategic partners to design programs that will assist in attraction and retention through methods identified in the summit.
Through generous contributions by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Forest City Enterprises, Huntington National Bank, and the Cleveland Foundation, Global Cleveland has raised $1 million and is actively raising more.
In late summer, Global Cleveland will open a Welcome Hub in the new Huntington National Bank building on Public Square. In addition to the Hub, connection points will be created across the community. Memorandums of understanding (MOUs) have been signed with Positively Cleveland, University Circle Inc., Ohio City Inc. and the City of Shaker Heights to establish satellite locations to ensure that resources and information are available in their visitors’ centers.
Global Cleveland has also established partnerships with the Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library to make its resources available throughout the library systems, a key community resource for newcomers.
For more information about Global Cleveland initiatives visit: http://www.globalclevelandinitiative.com/
Baiju Shah Mayor Frank J. Jackson
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
Photos by Arooj Ashraf