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Welcome Toledo-Lucas County

The Welcome Toledo Lucas County (TLC) initiative works to build a more welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants and people of diverse cultures that supports a vibrant civic, economic, and social fabric for all.

Who We Are

Welcome TLC is a collaboration of community partners housed in the Board of Lucas County Commissioners in partnership with Toledo LISC. Welcome TLC is governed by a Steering Committee and organized by Working Committees.

Welcome TLC believes that immigrants are an asset for expanding economic opportunity and revitalizing our region. A resurgence of Toledo’s international population can be the foundation for a high-growth urban and regional strategy that will raise wages and provide jobs for everyone, including U.S.-born residents across the spectrum. Welcome TLC sets forth specific strategies to ensure that immigrant and international inclusion in the region’s social and economic fabric will build a more prosperous future for everyone.

In short, the long-term goal of Welcome TLC is to build a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous region in which all programs and systems are designed to include immigrants, internationals, and other diverse communities.

What We Do

  • Share Data and Local Success Stories
  • Convene, Connect, and Innovate
  • Celebrate Toledo’s Cultural Diversity

Working Committees, comprised of key partners and specialists, help identify unmet service and economic development needs; design or adjust initiatives or programs to meet these needs; and implement these initiatives/programs within their own organizations or through the infrastructure of Welcome TLC. Working Committees include Community Outreach, Legal Services, Language Access, and Workforce and Economic Development.


A Core Committee of partners convened in 2013 to explore immigrant integration efforts in the area. Welcome TLC officially launched in November 2014 with resolutions of support from the Lucas County Commissioners and Toledo City Council. A strategic outline was developed with consultant Global Detroit in 2015 that created the committee-based organizational structure.

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Sarah Allan