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Cincinnati to launch searchable database of region’s multilingual students and professionals

Cincinnati to launch searchable database of region’s multilingual students and professionals.

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.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.