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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
City of Toledo is getting worldwide attention thanks to a global interest in
spending money on the Glass City.
a feature in the most recent edition of Forbes magazine about Toledo and some
of the surrounding cities where foreign investment has been hot in recent
along land by the Maumee River that has been purchased by Chinese investors,
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell recalled what sparked him to address Toledo's financial
problems on a broader scale.
I started as mayor, we were into some pretty hard times," Bell said. "Doing
things the traditional way wasn't going to pull us out."
says he soon found himself marketing the Glass City's assets in building businesses
to people across the globe.
we can reach out to cities across the world that are thinking about putting
their businesses in the United States – why not Toledo?" he asked. "These
businesses that we're out recruiting, if they weren't coming to Toledo, they
would be going somewhere else in the United States."
philosophy caught the attention of Forbes, where Bell and the Regional Growth Partnership
are spotlighted in a 3-page article, explaining how they're attracting
international investors. It breaks down foreign direct investment by year in
the billions, by each country, and by industry.
have been some critics, however, to courting foreign investors at a time when
outsourcing has been linked to a downfall in American jobs. What does Mayor
Bell say to those concerned by money from China buying Toledo land?
idea that we can get companies here that can hire our citizens and be able to
build their product - that they're still going to sell here, but now you're
using Americans to do it - I think, is a really, really good thing," he said.
about questions concerning no outward development by the Chinese on the very
land they purchased around the marina district three years ago?
want to make sure that you're not just putting up an empty building there, that
you're going to be able to put something up that's going to be good for the
community," he said. "So they're just doing what normal business people do."
says he has investors from China, Germany, Lebanon, Italy, and Spain all
seemingly interested in what he has to say.
we got people coming here, where before, Toledo wasn't even on their radar
screen," he said. "We're just trying to take this city and turn it around."
one thing the mayor says will help in that turnaround is the global
advertisement the Forbes article gives the city.
has been featured recently in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, too.