August 20th, 2015
Forget the headlines; here’s what American communities really think about immigrants.
From New Hampshire to Kentucky, Oregon to Georgia, communities gear up to celebrate #WelcomingWeek. And from community potlucks to soccer in the streets, New Americans are being welcomed by their neighbors.
Check out some of these great events happening around the country chosen by Welcoming America staff including why they think it’s a great #WelcomingWeek event: Continue Reading »
July 9th, 2015
A growing number of Rust Belt cities are embracing immigrants as a means of revitalizing urban neighborhoods and spurring local economic growth, and will be participating in this year’s Dayton Convening. As a more welcoming approach to immigration spreads quickly across the Rust Belt – and pays off for local economies – a new field of practice is picking up steam. Continue Reading »
June 22nd, 2015
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, Welcoming America’s Keiron Bone Dormegnie shares his grandfather’s immigration story with us. Read on to learn about Louis Bone’s journey to the United States to pursue his passion and a better life for his family. You can read more inspirational immigration stories at welcome.us.
In 1957, my grandfather, Louis Woolford Bone, started a long American voyage. “Louie” left his birth home in the South American colony of British Guiana to enter a doctoral program at the University of Chicago. In his mid-30’s with six children, a wife, and a large extended family in the city of Georgetown, Guyana, he left the country to continue his studies at a renowned institution of higher education. Continue Reading »
June 17th, 2015
Today, Welcoming America released a new study, Welcoming Nashville: Perspectives and Trends, which provides further evidence of how communities are benefiting economically from a welcoming climate for immigrants and all residents.
The study, conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center, surveyed community and business leaders around the economic benefits of immigrant welcome to Nashville, which in recent years led the country in job growth. The Center concluded that “Nashville’s efforts to welcome and incorporate a vibrant, growing immigrant population has helped create tangible economic gains across the city and across sectors.” Continue Reading »