Cleveland Says ‘Welcome World’ as a Welcome Hub Opens at Public Square

Robert L. Smith, Cleveland, February 7, 2012

People new to Cleveland now have a place just for them—a location where they can find directions, make connections and hear one sweet word—“Welcome”—in whatever language works.

The city’s first welcome center in modern times opened Tuesday near Public Square. Leaders of the Global Cleveland initiative steered about 200 civic leaders, politicians and downtown office workers toward their new headquarters, cut a ribbon and kicked off a crusade.

The Welcome Hub represents the most visible expression of Global Cleveland, an effort to repopulate the city and boost the regional economy by attracting talented newcomers from around the world.

The public-private venture—largely funded by the business community—was years in the making and not without controversy. Global Cleveland intends to reach out to immigrants as well as native-born Americans, and that made it a highly-charged idea.

Tuesday, civic leaders applauded the vision they said allowed the hub to happen.

“It just doesn’t make economic sense to close ourselves off from the world,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald told the audience.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson agreed.

“It’s really taken some time to happen, but it’s so important to Cleveland and to the region,” Jackson said. “This Welcome Hub will do the main thing we need to do. It will say “Welcome. Welcome to this city.”

It will also offer a diverse staff that can dispense advice, steer immigrants to their cultural communities, guide aspiring entrepreneurs to resources, and help skilled workers connect with employers who need them.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    While this “welcoming” would be disastrous for a white town it’s not a bad idea for a majority-black city like Cleveland that’s lost more than half its population in recent decades.

    Mexicans or Arab-Americans could only improve the likes of Cleveland, Detroit, East St. Louis, etc.

  • A “crusade?”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Cleveland – an office “with a diverse staff….steering immigrants to their cultural communities” is definitely the ticket to a better future. I look forward to hearing the amazing success stories of a city on the rise & I’m sure property investors will soon be snapping up everything they can get their hands on in anticipation of an incredible boom in building and development.

    Just a quick question, though – where will your ‘diverse staff” steer white people?

  • Don’t know much about Cleveland, save that its civic elite and its general culture is probably pound for pound one of the very snootiest, anti-White and anti-Southern of the major American cities.  To me, Cleveland combines some of the worst elements of both Boston and Detroit.

  • “It will also offer
    a diverse staff that can dispense advice, steer immigrants to their cultural
    communities, guide aspiring entrepreneurs to resources, and help skilled
    workers connect with employers who need them.”

    Hmm..in other words, they
    are rolling out the red carpet for illegal invaders from mexico, who refuse to speak English,
    steal jobs, and isolate themselves in their own “cultural
    communities.” In order to accommodate so-called “immigrants,” they will provide
    a diverse staff (they speak spanish), in order to assist them in locating
    employers who are all too willing to violate our labor laws in hiring these criminals.

    I think I understand….

  • Oil Can Harry

    Don. L, I’m certainly not in favor of Thirld World immigration to the US.

    My point was that the pols in your hometown may have given up on attracting whites to the city and decided these immigrants would be an improvement over the local blacks.   

    • Anon

      No.

      Non-White “immigrants” are NEVER an improvement. So please never put that word (improvement) in the same sentence with any nonwhite group!

  • Whites have nobody to blame but themselves and their parents for allowing this to happen to their cities

  • Anonymous

     Because, in Western countries, the people who have historically lived there, centuries in the case of North America and millennia in the case of Europe, do not have indigenous rights. That means the right to maintain language, culture, type and a homeland.

  • Welcome to Cleveland….Hope you have a gun!