At the launch of Global Cleveland’s Talent Attraction Campaign on May 1st, Governor John Kasich said the program could become a model for the state. Demonstrating his support of the organization’s talent attraction initiative, JobsOhio President John Minor announced an award of $750,000 to assist Global Cleveland in its efforts. Mayor Frank Jackson also addressed the audience of over 1000 supporters, providing a warm welcome to all current and future newcomers.

The fun, multimedia event celebrated Cleveland and the positive momentum it is currently experiencing.  The evening included international cuisine, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Definitive Cleveland Playlist”, and drawings for great Cleveland-related prizes.

Thirteen multicultural performance groups entertained the attendees, including: SEE VIDEO HERE



  1. Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association
  2. Fairport Jammers 3
  3. Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio presenting: Mahima Venkatesh, Shivani Bafna, Natasha Pillai
  4. Korean Association presenting Master Ryu’s Tae Kwon Do
  5. Luca Mundaca
  6. Middle Eastern Belly Dance
  7. No Strangers Here
  8. Peace in the Hood
  9. “Piast” Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of PRCUA
  10. Sarena Tamburitzan Orchestra
  11. Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
  12. Tam Tam Magic – West African Drum & Dance
  13. TASNO Turkish Music Choir

In addition, forty-two groups participated in the Community Partner Center, sharing information about various multicultural groups, real estate and neighborhood assets.  Participants included:

American Lebanese Association

Asian Indian Heritage Project

Asian Services in Action, Inc.

Building Hope in the City

Catholic Charities Refugee Center

Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Associations

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland MetroParks

Cleveland One World Festival

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland State University, Center for International Services & Programs

Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women’s Group

Consortium of African American Organizations

Chinese Professional Entrepreneur Association

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Downtown Alliance

Fairfax Development Corp

Famicos Community Development Corporation

Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio

Friendship Federation – American Vietnamese

ICC/WIN (International Community Council/Worldwide Intercultural Network)

International Services Center

K&D Real Estate

Kerala Association of Ohio

Korean Association

Liberian Association


National Black MBA Chapter

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Nueva Luz

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Cleveland

Ohio Asian Business Association

Peace in the Hood

Polish American Cultural Center

Tremont Development Corp

Trust for Land

Urban League of Cleveland

US Together