Welcoming America
helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

A growing number of Rust Belt cities are embracing immigrants as a means of revitalizing urban neighborhoods and spurring local economic growth,… read more

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

From Guyana to the U.S.

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, Welcoming America's Keiron Bone Dormegnie shares his grandfather's immigration story with us. Read… read more

From Guyana to the U.S. From Guyana to the U.S.

New Report on Welcoming in Nashville

Today, Welcoming America released a new study, Welcoming Nashville: Perspectives and Trends, which provides further evidence of how communities… read more

New Report on Welcoming in Nashville New Report on Welcoming in Nashville

Rust Belt Cities Embrace Immigrants as Key to Future

July 9th, 2015

WE Global LogoA 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 »

From Guyana to the U.S.

June 22nd, 2015

Louis Woolford Bone

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 »

New Report on Welcoming in Nashville

June 17th, 2015

Welcoming Nashville ReportToday, 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 Nashvilles efforts to welcome and incorporate a vibrant, growing immigrant population has helped create tangible economic gains across the city and across sectors. Continue Reading »

Diversity is essential for Boise’s prosperity and livability

April 27th, 2015

Mayor David Bieter

We are pleased to announce a guest blog post from Boise Mayor David Bieter. Boise was one of the first cities to join our Welcoming Cities & Counties Initiative in 2013, and we are thrilled to share what Boise is doing to welcome all its residents.

Boise is a city built by immigrants. It’s one of our great strengths.

Like my grandfather Lorenzo Garmendia, who arrived in Boise from the Basque Country almost a century ago, the people who have come from around the world to live, work, and raise their families in this beautiful place, decade after decade, have done so with creativity and purpose. And that has helped to make our city, and all of Idaho, stronger and more prosperous.

Our diverse past is documented in Ethnic Landmarks, a book produced by Boise State University in 2007 that details the crucial contributions of 10 separate ethnic groups to the development of Boise.

Our diverse present is exemplified by our Neighbors United Network, a coalition of more than 20 government agencies, educational institutions, health care providers, community groups, and faith organizations that work to assist refugees in becoming economically integrated in our community. Over the past two decades, more than 11,000 refugees have resettled in Boise, adding tremendously to the richness of our ethnic and cultural landscape. Just last week, Neighbors United was praised by the White House Task Force on New Americans in a report, “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents”Continue Reading »