Dear Ms. Sullivan: The Editorial Board has identified immigration as an editorial priority in recent years.

Numerous editorials explored the merits of welcoming and attracting immigrants to Cleveland to help counter progressive depopulation, launch new businesses, buy homes, innovate, and connect the region to world markets. In recent times, the Board seems content with the direction that Mayor Jackson, County Executive Ed Fitzgerald (who made it a campaign promise), and philanthropic and business leadership have taken on this issue. Inamsuch as Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County, continue to lose population since the 2010 census, I am curious as to your current thinking on immigration-based economic development, and in particular, the trend in other cities to embrace this strategy by promoting an "immigrant-friendly" culture? (i.e, Global Detroit, Welcome Dayton, Pittsburgh, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in Baltimore, Global Philly, Office for New Americans in Chicago, etc.. http://www.globaldetroit.com/ http://www.welcomedayton.org/ http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/08/... http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighbor... http://www.welcomingcenter.org/ Thanks. Signed, Richard Herman Btw, TiE Ohio invites you to join us for the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony on 9/20 at Ariel International Center. Did you know that 28% of all small business launched in 2011 were started by an immigrant? If you can make it, join us as we celebrate immigrant entrepreneurs. http://www.scribd.com/doc/104929788/TiEimmigrant-entrepreneur-awards-9-20-2012-2

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Elizabeth Sullivan, The Plain Dealer

Thanks, Richard. As you know, our editorial board strongly advocates the use of immigration as an economic development lever for the city and region, and we continue

to do so (it's been part of our annual agenda for years). So yes, while we've applauded what appears to be Mayor Jackson's change of heart on this and the establishment of Global Cleveland and the welcome center as significant moves forward, that doesn't mean we think more can't be done. Incidentally, as you may be aware, I wrote an essay on immigration in Cleveland for the Teaching Cleveland project, which you can find online, in which I suggest that "what might be called new-economy immigrants" are already helping to revitalize neighborhoods in Cleveland and driving the innovation economy.