Cleveland ranks as the number one city in America when it comes to becoming a U.S. citizen, featuring the country’s shortest wait time for processing, highest backlog clearance rate, and the most efficient field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to a new study.
Cleveland is the No. 1 city in America in which to become a U.S. citizen, with the nation’s shortest average processing time, among the highest rates of clearing its backlog, and the most efficient U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office, according to a just-released study by Boundless Immigration.
Published on: 12/08/2018 By: Joe Cimperman, Cleveland.com
When I was a kid, growing up in Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, my parents struggled to make ends meet. My dad, the son of Slovakian immigrants, worked long hours at an electronics production plant and my mom, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, stayed home to take care of my sister and me. When I was 12, my dad’s wages were cut, and we relied on a food bank to get by. My mom was so embarrassed by our block of cheese from the USDA box, that she hid it in aluminum foil so friends and neighbors wouldn’t know.
Published on: 10/15/2018 By: EMMA KEATING WOSU Radio
Radhika Reddy always wanted more. The Cleveland businesswoman was never really satisfied with the life India had to offer. “In India, some people prefer a very submissive, stay at home type wife,” Reddy says. “I’m not that type.” In 1989, Reddy came to the U.S. to get an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Even though she graduated at the top of her class, she struggled finding a place that would hire her.
Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the near west side is one of the most ethnically-diverse but economically-distressed neighborhoods in the city. However, a new housing program headed up by a local non-profit aims to help one by paying homage to the other.
Published on: 09/02/2018 By: Mark Rantala, Crain's Cleveland Business
Attorney Jon Pinney's City Club speech on June 8 has started a new round of debate on making Northeast Ohio competitive. That conversation is long overdue.
The region's last conversation about a competitiveness strategy resulted in shuffling the deck with a new strategy for Team Northeast Ohio. The four points of that strategy known as the Regional Competitive Strategy (RECS) included:
1. A larger commitment to industry clusters.
2. An increased emphasis on business retention and expansion.
3. More support for startup entrepreneurship and scaleups.
4. Addressing workforce issues and alignment.
The Land has been a welcoming place for immigrants since the dawn of the 20th century—when Cleveland was the nation’s fifth most important immigrant gateway city, according to data gathered by Global Cleveland. At that time, the city’s population was at its highest level ever (around 800,000 citizens) with almost 33 percent being foreign-born.
Published on: 05/03/2018 By: Cleveland Jewish News
Park Synagogue is offering university level classes without the tests or college sport teams during its 25th annual University Day May 9 at Kangesser Hall at Park Synagogue Main in Cleveland Heights. There will be a panel discussion, “Immigration to Cleveland: Past, Present & Future,” featuring moderator David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs at Case Western Reserve University; Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland; John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller associate professor and chief historian at CWRU; and Richey Piiparinen, director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.
It was a text over five years ago from then-councilman of Ward 3, Joe Cimperman, that got the ball rolling on Station Hope.
Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre, and an associate of Cimperman, was first confused as to why the councilman wanted a collaboration between St. John Episcopal Church and CPT.
He soon learned that the historic church, the first built in what is now Cleveland, was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
CPT and other theatres across the country often work with immigrant or refugee populations in their communities on a variety of programs. For the creative team of American Dreams, the first step was to reflect a version of the immigrant experience for all audience members, putting those who don’t know it firsthand on an equal footing with those who know it all too well. Cleveland Public Theatre has long-standing partnerships with several organizations throughout the city. An invaluable partner in their work with immigrants and refugees has been Global Cleveland, an organization “founded on this idea that immigrants and migrants can have a positive and beneficial impact on our economy. Besides assisting in organizing post-show panels for American Dreams, Global Cleveland has connected the theatre with students at the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, who represent at least eight different countries.