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Task force studying ways to make city more immigrant friendly

Jay Hanselman

Nearly 80 people are involved in a task force designed to make Cincinnati more immigrant friendly.  

Mayor John Cranley introduced the group Thursday before it held its first organizational meeting.  

"Study after study has shown that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy," Cranley said.  "Besides bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives, they also preserve existing jobs and they create new jobs and stabilize and strengthen our housing market."

Tom Fernadez and Raj Chundur are co-chairing the task force.

"The charge to the task force will be to develop recommendations on ways to better welcome, retain and foster a stronger immigrant community," Fernandez said.

The task force will focus on several areas including economic development, community resources, education, international attraction and safety.

The group is expected to announce action steps by December 1st for city council to consider.