- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A federal Labor Department official will be part of a discussion on highly skilled immigrants and a southwest Ohio city’s efforts to attract them.

The Welcome Dayton initiative is hosting the roundtable Wednesday morning. Labor Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu will join local officials and community leaders.

Dayton began a community effort in 2011 to spur urban and economic revitalization by drawing immigrant entrepreneurs and adding diversity. Offering itself as an immigrant-friendly city, Dayton promotes English-language help and other education, access to services, social justice and cultural awareness.

The city says its immigrant population has been growing.

Supporters say offering opportunities to highly skilled immigrant workers and reducing barriers to them will provide an economic boost.

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