Dayton’s plan to attract immigrants gets national attention

DAYTON (WDTN) – Rolling out the welcome mat for immigrants.

That’s what one national publication said the city of Dayton is doing to attract new residents.

Time Magazine’s report, titled “One Ohio’s City’s Growth Strategy? Immigrants”, digs into the Welcome Dayton initiative.

The plan was put in place in 2011 and it’s goal was to make the city more of a melting pot by attracting immigrants to set down roots.

City Manager Tim Riordan said the plan was multi-faceted and involves the schools, courts, hospitals, libraries and even the police department.

He believes it’s working and said for proof all one has to do is look at the city’s thriving Turkish Community, which in just a few years has grown from a handful of families to around 3,000 people.

“That increases our population and this region has been stable or declining so we need something like that,” said Riordan. “If we have the immigrants come in that are entrepreneurs, that create businesses and jobs, these are all wins.”

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