Global Economic Cooperation

As the world economy continues to grow, local businesses and economies have the opportunity to connect with the larger global market. In this Multi-Regional Project, visitors from the Colombia, Egypt, Mozambique, China, Portugal, and Sri Lanka will be traveling to Cleveland to learn more about how this “Rust Belt” city has diversified its economy both […]

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New Economic Map for the Korean Peninsula

South Korean policy advisors involved in formulating the Moon Jae-in administration’s “New Economic Map for the Korean Peninsula” will visit the U.S. to examine a wide range of government agencies, non-government organizations, think tanks, and important interest groups dealing with foreign, security, and economic policies. Participants will explore economic policies and development models that promote […]

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U.S. Best Practices in Promoting Business Development

Business leaders, entrepreneurs, startup promoters, and government and economic officials from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe will travel to the U.S. to examine entrepreneurship support programs and small business development at the federal, state, and local level. A program in Cleveland will expose visitors to effective startup incubators at local nonprofits and […]

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Global Economic Cooperation

As the world economy continues to grow, local businesses and economies have the opportunity to connect with the larger global market. In this Multi-Regional Project, visitors from the Gaza Strip, Bahrain, Bosnia Herzegovina, Poland, Cambodia, Italy, and Kazakhstan will be traveling to Cleveland to learn more about how this “Rust Belt” city has diversified its […]

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Leading and Managing Municipal Government

Six municipal mayors from Libya will be travelling to Northeast Ohio to learn how Cleveland and Cuyahoga County promote strong and accountable local government through cooperation and effective policy making. In addition to a case study highlighting reform efforts after the 2011 Cuyahoga County corruption scandal, visitors will engage local mayors and city administrators to […]

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Economic Diversity and Single Industry Towns

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 […]

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Transparency and Accountability in Government

Ten IVLP participants representing eight Latin American countries will travel to Cleveland to examine governmental transparency challenges and efforts to improve public accountability. Using the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal involving the former county commissioner as a case study, visitors will meet with the county’s Inspector General and NGOs that have empowered citizens to actively engage […]

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Responsible Global Investing

Addressing the international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses, this IVLP delegation from the People’s Republic of China will be in Cleveland to explore perspectives on business ethics and strategies to reduce corruption. Over the course of six days, visitors will meet with well-known leaders in corporate social responsibility including the Greater Cleveland […]

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Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Development: A Project for Vietnam

The Silicon Valley based “500 Startups” estimates that 1,000 or more start-up companies launch in Vietnam every year. The entrepreneurial culture is so strong in urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, in fact, that it has prompted some scholars and businesspeople to wonder whether Vietnam will become the next Silicon Valley (according […]

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The Contemporary U.S. Economy: Financial Markets, Trade, and Economic Development

Ohio’s recent boom in exports over the last five years embodies the U.S. government’s efforts to boost small businesses in the global economy. In 2013, Ohio exported a record-breaking $50.5 billion of finished goods, with the largest share coming from Greater Cleveland. Numerous small businesses benefit from legislation that increases their access to international markets, […]

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