Gov. John Kasich and Mayor Frank Jackson were among dignitaries attending

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CLEVELAND -- Global Cleveland's launching a new effort to attract immigrants and other newcomers to Greater Cleveland, and the state's job-creation flagship organization is giving $750,000 to the cause.

Thursday night it celebrated the new partnership, Gov. John Kasich and Mayor Frank Jackson were among dignitaries attending along with JobsOhio President John Minor.

JobsOhio intends to use Global Cleveland's efforts as an outreach model for other parts of the state.

Minor said, "Our support of Global Cleveland aligns with JobsOhio's economic development mission to drive job creation and new capital investment through attraction, retention and expansion efforts."

Global Cleveland's latest push and reboot involves a website that provide guidance in more than 50 languages and a one-stop shopping component that provides information on schools, neighborhoods and existing ethnic groups.

There will also be job fairs in an attempt to bring skilled newcomers who can fill thousands of jobs left empty because of a lack of trained workers.

And Global Cleveland will be promoting the city with outreach efforts in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Washington.

The goal is to get 60,000 new people a year moving into Greater Cleveland by the year 2020.

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