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November 03, 2015

Mayor partners with Chamber on Center for New Cincinnatians

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The Mayor's Task Force on Immigration
has proposed the creation of a Center for New Cincinnatians. This center will enable and support effective communication channels, including technology platforms for information sharing and presentations. Not only will it link immigrants to services, but will also connect the larger community within Cincinnati and beyond.  The center will initially be an online website or portal with the ultimate goal being to create a physical center. Other cities such as Pittsburgh and Chicago have created a physical space for this same purpose, and we are inspired by their success. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber will facilitate the creation and management of the Center for New Cincinnatians.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jill Meyer announced the economic and demographic contributions immigrants have made within the Cincinnati metropolitan area. Drawing on data from a new research brief produced by the Partnership for a New American Economy with the Chamber, they provided information on how immigrants have strengthened the local tax base, boosted the economy through entrepreneurship, and filled workforce gaps in the region’s high-tech industry.

“This study confirms what we already know about the importance of diversity and inclusion to Cincinnati’s regional growth,” said Jill Meyer, CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Immigrants are adding real value to our neighborhoods, our workforce, and our economy, and the Chamber will continue our work with partners across the region to attract and cultivate talent from across the U.S. and around the world.”

“Across the Midwest, immigrants are bringing renewed energy and growth to Rust Belt cities, and Cincinnati is no exception,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy. “This research shows how immigrants play important roles in the region’s largest industries, strengthen the local tax base, and start businesses that create additional jobs in the metro area and across Ohio.”

The report, “New Americans in Cincinnati,” finds:

  • Although immigrants in metro Cincinnati made up 3.5 percent of the population in 2012, they held more than $1.5 billion in spending power and contributed over $189 million in state and local tax dollars.
  • In 2012, foreign-born households contributed more than $266 million to Social Security and $62 million to Medicare.
  • Immigrants also play an important role in the region’s high-tech industries, representing more than 10 percent of local STEM workers, 6.8 percent of the high-tech workforce, and 11.3 percent of all information technology workers.
  • Between 2007 and 2012, the foreign-born population of Cincinnati’s metropolitan area accounted for 12.3 percent of total population growth.
  • In metro Cincinnati, approximately 42.4 percent of the foreign-born population is made up of naturalized citizens.

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