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Economic Diversity and Single Industry Towns

November 16, 2017 - November 22, 2017

For decades Cleveland’s manufacturing-based economy helped define the industrial heartland of America. Today Cleveland and the Midwest are known by the “Rust Belt” moniker, in reference to deindustrialization and urban decay that resulted from a decline of traditional enterprises based around steel and coal production. As part of their State Department-sponsored program on the development of single-industry towns, visitors from Russia will explore the region’s shift to high-tech industries. Meetings with public-private economic development programs, workforce training sites, and tech entrepreneurs will provide insight on Cleveland’s redefined, 21st century economy.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 300 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields. Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program.

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


November 16, 2017
November 22, 2017
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(216) 781-3730
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