MEDIA ALERT: Mayor Frank G. Jackson Partners with City Council President Kevin J. Kelley & Global Cleveland President Joe Cimperman for International Relations Meeting March 1

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Conversation engages more than 70 advocates in international community

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and Global Cleveland President Joe Cimperman will meet with local leaders from the international community to discuss ongoing efforts in support of, and current issues affecting, Cleveland’s international community. Known for its rich culture, and vibrant community of international newcomers, the City of Cleveland is at the forefront of the current conversation concerning immigration.

WHO: Mayor Frank G. Jackson; City Council President Kevin Kelley; Global Cleveland President Joe Cimperman; Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams and more than 70 leaders, advocates, and refugees from Cleveland’s international community.

WHAT: Media are invited to a press availability discussing Cleveland’s ongoing support and advocacy for our local international community. The press availability immediately follows a closed meeting with international advocates and will recap the details; all panelists will be available for media interviews.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00pm arrival media; press availability immediately concluding the discussion

WHERE: Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, 44114, Room LL05B (Lower Level); media are encouraged to enter through the East Mall Dr. entrance; parking is available directly across the street in Willard Garage.

WHY: There are serious concerns in the local community regarding the national conversation on international relations. Mayor Jackson, Councilman Kelley and President Cimperman have created an opportunity to address these critical issues, provide useful information on the city’s programs and create a framework the future of Cleveland.


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About Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland was established in 2011 as a nonprofit economic development organization to serve as a catalyst for regional economic growth. Global Cleveland actively engages public and private partners in efforts to attract, welcome, and connect newcomers from around the world to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Global Cleveland is a member of the state-wide Ohio Welcoming Initiatives Network, a network including Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods New Americans Initiative, Welcome Dayton, and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County. OWIN supports and strengthens local initiatives to ensure that Ohio welcomes, integrates, and sustains immigrant communities, increasing the economic, civic, and cultural benefits for all. For more information on Global Cleveland, visit