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    January 21, 2014

    Diverse by Design Immigration Action Team prepares for 2014

    Capitalizing on the momentum gained by the Diverse by Design Symposium in November, presented by Fifth Third Bank in collaboration with Agenda 360, Vision 2015 and other community partners, the Diverse by Design Action Teams are prepared to hit the ground running in 2014. With the first meeting on January 27, the teams welcome participants to attend the event to stay up to date on progress, goals and conversation surrounding each of the five teams’ initiatives.

    Pictured right: Members of the Immigration Action Team, Alyssa Grelak, and German Faraoni, P&G, present at the 2013 Diverse by Design Leadership Symposium.

    The January 27 meeting will be held by the Immigration Action Team, which seeks to increase the population of immigrants in the surrounding region.

    The Immigration Action Team seeks to not only expand the immigrant population in the region, but to also harness the energy and resources from its community partners to improve immigrant experiences and opportunities. 

    The team is made up of three co-chairs who collaborate to collectively identify current issues in immigration and work to dispel barriers that present obstacles to immigrant success in the region. The co-chairs include Simon Sotelo, Vice President of Community Engagement at PNC Bank, Evans Nwankwo, President/CEO of Megen Construction, and Sr. Sally Duff, President and Executive Director of SC Ministry Foundation. 

    The Immigration Action Team held several meetings throughout 2013 to establish programs and initiatives to increase the immigration population. They propose that increasing immigration can help our region grow and develop a more entrepreneurial culture, supported by the statistic that immigrants are four times more likely than natives to start their own businesses.

    The team is benchmarking Cincinnati against other regions in the Midwest that currently employ powerful strategies for immigration recruitment and retention, including cities such as Columbus, Dayton, Detroit and St. Louis. 

    A specific demographic that the team is targeting is international college students. The co-chairs are concentrating on both encouraging these individuals to pursue academic careers in the Cincinnati area and to then establish permanent lives here after graduation. 

    In addition, the team is working with other members of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to gain support for the immigration reform currently making its way through Congress to further develop immigration recruitment platforms in the region.

    In 2014, the Immigration Action Team will continue to concentrate on attracting international college students to the area, educate the immigrant population about available resources in the area so that they can successfully start their own businesses, and generate awareness to the public about the importance of and critical economic impact provided by  bringing more immigrants to the area.

    The first Immigration Action Team meeting will be held on January 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. The meeting is open to the public. Contact Stacey Barnes at to RSVP.

     View a full list of the Diverse by Design Action Teams, team signups and meeting dates here.


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