Press Conference Heralds Open Season for Courting Immigrants


Regional leaders gathered Tuesday at the former BP Building to celebrate the launch of Global Cleveland, a new program designed to stem the tide of Cleveland’s outward migration by courting immigrants to live and work here.

The program’s key announcements included news of a Global Cleveland Welcome Hub, a sort of service center for newcomers that will occupy space in the soon-to-be-renamed Huntington Building (formerly BP) downtown. Hub staffers will market the region to potential immigrants and align new arrivals with housing and work or study opportunities, according to Global Cleveland Chairman Baiju Shah.