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Mayors are pragmatic. They need to make sure their cities work, and that they work for everyone who lives there. It’s not an easy task. The most successful mayors not only take on the challenges of the day but are always looking forward, considering the trends that are on the horizon and how their city can truly thrive. ...

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At Welcoming America, central to our work is the idea that communities can only thrive when all are valued. And across the country, important work is happening to help both newcomers and long term residents to feel at home and be actively welcomed. To feel safe, accepted, and able to connect with others are the basic things we all ...

The Birthplace of Welcoming

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | September 26, 2016

As we finish celebrating Welcoming Week in hundreds of communities across the United States, let's go back to where the welcoming movement began - Nashville - and watch how the city transformed itself from fear of immigrant newcomers to a place that actively welcomes them, and is thriving because of it.  At a time when over 65 million refugees are ...

After Orlando: Managing Fear and Welcoming Diversity

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | September 23, 2016

On June 12, 2016, Orlando witnessed the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter, the deadliest incidence of violence against the LGBTQ community in US history, and the deadliest terror attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. The shooting took place at Pulse nightclub, a popular gay bar that was hosting Latin night. As part of Welcoming Week, The University of Florida ...

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