When Chiquita announced that it would relocate its headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte, company leaders said that the lack of bilingual talent was part of the reason. The statement left a bitter taste in the mouth of the local business community, who has since worked to improve multilingual assets in the region. More from the Canton Repository:
The Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber has launched a searchable database of the region’s multilingual students and professionals, and has said it will spend the next few months building the database. Chamber president Alfonso Cornejo said that the goal is to connect those with language skills with companies and organizations who work with diverse domestic markets or operate internationally. It’s meant as a development tool, and also to showcase the Cincinnati region’s resources. It’s expected to be available for searching by next February. He hopes to have 5,000 people registered within three years.