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Dr. Ayman Salem

CEO, Material Resources, LLC

After building a career in aerospace technology in Dayton, Dr. Salem sees himself as an example that other aspiring entrepreneurs and immigrants can follow.

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Dr. Migwe Kimemia

Program Director, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) –Dayton Office

After a unique life journey that’s taken him from East Africa to Southwest Ohio, Migwe Kimemia has emerged as an inspiring force in Dayton’s diverse cultural landscape.

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Scott Reeve

President, Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage makes lightweight, low-maintenance bridge decks for vehicles and pedestrians. But, President Scott Reeve is also well known as a man who builds bridges to Dayton’s immigrant community.

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Bor Jang

CEO, Angstron Materials, Nanotek Instruments

When Taiwanese Bor Jang first came to the United States in 1976, he found himself lost in an airport in South Bend, Indiana, barely able to speak English.

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Tim Kambitsch

Executive Director, Dayton Metro Library

For well over a decade, the Dayton Metro Library has been the primary resource for news and information for new immigrants. Executive Director, Tim Kambitsch, details the services the library provides.

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Lori Ward

Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools

There are more than 600 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the Dayton Public Schools system. As superintendent at DPS, Ms. Ward has put multiple initiatives into place to welcome students of all nationalities.

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Alvaro Maurice

CEO, Conquistador Consulting LLC

Venezuelan native Al Maurice came to Dayton through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with his parents. He developed a passion for Dayton that led him to start his own consulting business and become heavily involved in planning for the city’s future.

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The Boussahas

Widad Boussaha emigrated from Algeria with her parents when her mother’s name was drawn in the U.S. Visa Lottery program. Through constant pursuit of higher education not available in their home country, the Boussahas have begun creating a better life in Dayton.

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Frank Perez

Retired CEO, Kettering Health Network

Cuban native Frank Perez, former CEO of Kettering Health Network, is the personification of the American Dream. He and his family fled Cuba under Castro’s regime; he came to America with nothing and became a towering success and a respected community leader.

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“Where the Rivers Meet” Music Video

A year after the popular “Where There Is Love” music video featuring the band Puzzle of Light and wide range of diverse musicians, the sequel “Where the Rivers Meet” brings a new, multicultural cast of musicians and dancers together to celebrate cultural diversity, inclusiveness and friendliness in Dayton.

These projects enrich the nationally-recognized Welcome Dayton initiative that seeks to bridge communication barriers and cultural differences. The lyrical message of Where the Rivers Meet is a powerful illustration of that vision, as well as the goal of connecting the world through music.

Enjoy!

Dayton World Soccer Games 2014

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September 12 & 13, 2014

The 3rd Annual Dayton World Soccer Games are coming up quick! Presented by Welcome Dayton and the City of Dayton’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services, the games bring together the Dayton community to celebrate its diversity, inclusiveness and immigrant-friendly attitudes through “the beautiful game.” Teams of all ages representing different countries take the field throughout the day, all leading up to the championship match-up Saturday afternoon.

Whether you’re a Dayton native or a member of one of the city’s immigrant communities, we invite you to come out and play with us! Don’t miss out on all the fun, action and competition this year:

  • Register a team to compete in the tournament
  • Volunteer as a field marshal to help the games run smoothly
  • Attend the day-of and cheer on your favorite team!

The Dayton World Soccer Games kick off National Welcoming Week in Dayton.

Immigration Facts

Get more information on the impact of immigration in the U.S. and Ohio–information that has helped shape our vision for Dayton’s future.

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Community Role

Welcome Dayton is not just another government program.  It’s a community-wide effort that involves individuals, businesses and organizations.

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History

A timeline looking back at the development of Dayton’s immigrant friendly city plan from its inception.

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