Akron Roundtable Presentation ---- "How Immigrants Can Save NEO"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 21:24.
02/18/2010 - 12:00
02/18/2010 - 13:30
Richard Herman, a Cleveland author, civic activist and immigration attorney, will deliver an address titled, "How Immigrants Can Save Northeast Ohio" at the Akron Roundtable on February 18.

Herman co-wrote the provocative new book, Immigrant Inc.--Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy, with Plain Dealer reporter Robert L. Smith.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, the book urges struggling communities like Cleveland and Akron to recall the immigrant energy that made their cities great. It reveals the power of a new generation of ambitious, high-skill immigrants to launch companies and create jobs in the New Economy.

Neal Pierce, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, said the book effectively makes "the audacious case" that immigrants can save the Rust Belt.

John Austin, Director of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative at The Brookings Institution, said Immigrant, Inc. reveals America's competitive edge in a global economy:

"Richard Herman and Robert Smith paint a compelling and accurate portrait of the powerful role immigrants play in our economy, and remind us that new people, ideas and entrepreneurial energy is the American dream story"

Herman, who is married to an immigrant, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School. He worked and lived in Moscow, Russia, before returning to Cleveland and founding Richard T. Herman and Associates, a law firm that services clients in more than a dozen languages.  He is the co-founder of TiE Ohio, a mentoring and networking group dedicated to promoting immigrant and international entrepreneurship.

For reservations to the Arkon Roundtable noon luncheon, call 330-247-8682 or go to   http://www.akronroundtable.org/

For more information about the book, Immigrant, Inc., see:

Book Website


Book Promo Video


2009 Small Business Book "Readers' Choice Award"


"Skilled Immigrants:  The Stimulus We Need?"  by Neal Peirce, The Washington

Post Writers Group, Chair of CitiStates, December 27, 2009


"Throw Open the Doors!  Want Promises of Boost to Regional Economy?  Heavy

Influx of Skilled Immigrants," Editorial Board, Akron Beacon Journal,

January 3, 20010


"Book Explores Immigrants' Role in U.S. Economy (Cleveland authors write

that highly skilled foreign-born entrepreneurs bring vitality but Northeast

Ohio isn't doing  enough to welcome them)" by Paula Schleis, Akron Beacon

Journal, December 28, 2009


Review, by Ira Stoll, Editor, Future of Capitalism


"Eight Indian CEOs at Big U.S. Companies (a scan of America's corporations

shows the ethnic group's growing presence)" by Megha Bahree, Forbes,

December 21, 2009


"Let's Give Visas to Startup Founders (Instead of Encouraging the first

brain drain in U.S. history, the country should create a program to welcome

funded startup entrepreneurs)" by Vivek Wadhwa, BusinessWeek, December 2,




"Immigrant Entrepreneurs Spark Illinois Economy Through Startups,

Innovation," by Dee Gill, Crain's Chicago Business, December 14, 2009


"Immigrant, Inc. ---- The authors emphasize how Americans need to tap their

'inner immigrant' in order to succeed"  Businessworld, November 14, 2009


"Eight months on, U.S. finally fills H1B visa quota,"  by Anirudh

Bhattacharyya, Hindustan Times, December 23, 2009


 "A Prize Worth Pursuing," by Lute Harmon, Publishder, Inside Business

Magazine, November, 2009


"Investing in Immigration," by Dan Moulthrop, Sound of Ideas, WCPN, 90.3

Radio, NPR/Cleveland



 "Washington Forgets Best Case for Immigration Law Reform,"  by Richard

Herman, Law Professors Blog, December 31, 2009


"The Immigrant Connection," by Megha Bahree, Forbes, January 21, 2010


"Carnegie's Gregorian Featured in New Book on Transformative Impact of

Immigrants,"  Carnegie Corporation, February 5, 2010


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