We are welcoming young professionals, immigrants and diverse populations to Cleveland to advance their careers and enhance their lifestyle
Cleveland, Ohio/Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Global Cleveland, a non-profit organization focused on regional economic development through actively attracting newcomers, brings Cleveland business and civic leaders to Washington, DC on June 26th, with a free public event 6:00-9:00pm at The National Press Club. As part of the organization’s bold new talent attraction campaign, the event is designed to share the city’s professional and lifestyle opportunities with Cleveland-connected residents living in the Washington DC-area. It will coincide with a virtual job fair June 23-27 to connect job seekers with thousands of open positions in Cleveland in competitive high-growth industries such as IT, biotech, advanced manufacturing and more. Global Cleveland plans to host talent attraction events in New York City and Chicago in early 2015.
According to OhioMeansJobs, Northeast Ohio has 50,000 - 70,000 open jobs at any given time. As the nation’s unemployment rate remains stagnant at 6.3 percent according to data released June 6, 2014 by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the availability of positions in today’s high-growth industries is key for young professionals in determining career plans. Multiple professional opportunities coupled with an affordable cost of living and vast lifestyle amenities are increasingly leading young professionals to the Cleveland area.
Research compiled by Cleveland State University shows approximately 40,000 professionals with college degrees moved to Cleveland from 2006 to 2012. A recent Forbes article acknowledges this “brain gain” as well. Global Cleveland’s new research- and technology-based talent attraction initiative is advancing this momentum with a three-pronged approach that includes:
- Talent attraction road shows such as the June 26 event in Washington DC to connect Cleveland business and civic leaders and potential newcomers face-to-face in their cities to discover job and lifestyle advantages.
- Virtual job fairs for competitive high-growth industries to connect young professionals across the country with lucrative career opportunities. To date, virtual job fairs facilitated by Global Cleveland in the biomedical, financial and information technology industries have attracted over 8,000 job seekers from 25 states and 20 countries.
- A multilingual (51 languages) web portal providing live-chat to answer questions about living in Cleveland in real-time as well as one-stop access to more than 500 local organizations, OhioMeansJobs employment opportunities, housing, schools, cultural and entertainment amenities, visas and citizenship and Greater Cleveland's 117 ethnic communities.
“We are welcoming young professionals, immigrants and diverse populations to Cleveland to advance their careers and enhance their lifestyle,” explained Joy Roller, President of Global Cleveland. “Greater Cleveland not only has tens of thousands of open jobs at any given time in competitive high-growth industries such as IT, biotech and advanced manufacturing but the cost of living is significantly lower than in other metropolitan areas. For example, DC’s median housing cost is 226 percent more than Cleveland’s, New York City’s is 249 percent more and Chicago’s is 66 percent more. These factors are critical for young professionals as they seek to establish themselves professionally and personally.”
The June 26 National Press Club event will feature Cleveland business and civic leaders, hiring companies, a chance to win a trip to the Gay Games IX hosted in Cleveland August 9-16 as well as a case of Cleveland Whisky, a Washington Nationals’ Loge, a luxury trip for two for a Cleveland weekend excursion and global cuisine. While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required for admittance. Please visit http://www.globalcleveland.org to register for the event and virtual job fair, and for more information.
About Global Cleveland
Global Cleveland is a non-profit organization focused on regional economic development through actively attracting, welcoming and connecting newcomers (defined as foreign-born and native-born individuals), economically and socially to the many opportunities throughout Greater Cleveland. Global Cleveland’s mission is to increase the population of Greater Cleveland through a research and technology-based initiative featuring a web portal with live-chat connecting visitors with jobs, housing, schools and ethnic communities; industry-specific virtual job fairs and road shows that connect Cleveland’s business and civic leaders with immigrants and prospective newcomers in major cities across the United States.