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Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
If any word accurately describes the city of Cleveland, it's diversity. Long before it was settled by westwardly mobile British colonists, the region was home to various Native American tribes. "Cuyahoga," if you didn't know, is Indian for crooked river (though some will have you believe it means "cursed sports teams"). By the late 19th century, 10 percent of the city's population was Irish. Next came the Germans, followed in successive waves by Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Slovenians and Slovakians. Later, Cleveland welcomed Asian immigrants by the armful from China, Korea and Vietnam, but also Thailand, Laos and India. Hispanics came in equally large numbers too.

Walk into the West Side Market on a busy morning and you might identify a dozen different tongues and we don't mean the kinds that come from tasty animals. Diversity is not only what defines a city; it's what makes a city great.

Diversity Features

what's working: agencies boost prospects of cleveland's rising number of latino entrepreneurs

Northeast Ohio has a number of resources available for an expanding Latino populace searching for work and business opportunities. These services, say their providers, can keep immigrant brainpower in the area while acting as a talent magnet for the Latino and Spanish-speaking diaspora. 

national roundup: detroit's wind economy, memphis' startup symphony, toronto's silicon valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from across our national network of publications.

relocation station: how one bus tour exposes potential new residents to the joys of urban living

If you're considering a move to Cleveland, there might be no better means to examine the broad range of residential options than by hopping aboard a City Life tour hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. In a few short hours, participants enjoy an immersive dive into a number of Cleveland's most in-demand neighborhoods.  

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.
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Diversity Founders

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown

Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.

debbie donley

debbie donley

City: Downtown

Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.

ariane kirkpatrick

ariane kirkpatrick

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.

jill akins

jill akins

City: Downtown

Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.

kazell pugh

kazell pugh

City: Bedford

Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.

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