A shrinking Cleveland aims to attract newcomers


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland, which thrived on waves of new immigrants, has opened a welcome center to attract newcomers from around the world.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/Ac8GrU ) reports the Welcome Hub represents the most visible expression of Global Cleveland. That's an effort to repopulate the city and boost the regional economy by attracting talented newcomers from around the world.

Cleveland's population has dropped 17 percent to an estimated 396,815 since 2000.

The Census Bureau estimates that 4.6 percent of the city's population is foreign-born. Ohio's foreign-born population is about 3.8 percent.

The public-private Global Cleveland is largely funded by the business community and was years in the making. Global Cleveland intends to reach out to immigrants as well people born elsewhere in the United States.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com