Welcoming Cities and Counties

Welcoming America and its municipal partners are convening U.S. cities and counties to support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality and position communities as globally competitive, 21st century leaders.

Participating Cities and Counties

Participating city and county governments will connect with their peers through a community of practice that will share good ideas, develop new tools, and receive recognition for their efforts to create more welcoming communities that improve the quality of life and economic potential for immigrants and non-immigrants alike.

Cities and counties that join Welcoming Cities and Counties will have the chance to:

  • Hear from local government leaders who are making the most of their diversity, by creating “immigrant-friendly” welcoming plans.
  • Learn about large and small communities that are responding to demographic change and supporting long-term immigrant integration in a way that speaks to and benefits all members of the community.
  • Access new tools and resources to help advance welcoming resolutions, initiatives and strategies.
  • Receive support and recognition for their efforts to foster more vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming communities.
  • Participate in national and transatlantic learning exchanges that highlight promising practices from globally competitive cities.

Learn More

Contact Susan Downs-Karkos by email or by phone at 303-808-1322 to learn more or to join the cohort.

Read Welcoming Cities and Counties Overview and learn more about the benefits and commitments.

Read about the imperatives for this work in Communities and Banking magazine and the Welcoming Cities report.

Partner Organizations

Welcoming Cities is supported by a number of key organizations and municipalities, including the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Maytree’s Cities of Migration, AS/COA, the City of  Chicago, and the City of New York.

What is a Welcoming City or County?

Welcoming America defines a Welcoming City or County as a community that:

PLANS: All relevant sectors, such as government, business, non-profit, and others are engaged to work together to create a welcoming community climate that supports long-term integration.

COMMITS: Commitments are made to institutionalize strategies that ensure the ongoing inclusion and long-term economic and social integration of newcomers.

BUILDS COMMUNITY: Newcomers and long-time residents are engaged to find common ground and shared leadership.

COMMUNICATES: Messages of unity and shared values permeate the community through the media, through the voice of leaders, and among residents.

SUSTAINS: Policies and practices are considered in order to ensure that interactions between new and longer-term Americans remain positive ones and the community’s economic vitality remains strong.

Welcoming Cities and Counties has been recognized as a 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action

CGI America (CGIA) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI America Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI commitment makers address challenges in the United States—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI America commitment makers translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.

CGI America (CGIA) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI America Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI commitment makers address challenges in the United States—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI America commitment makers translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.