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Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

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Refugees help make Georgia a better place

"The bottom line is refugees quickly establish themselves in America, get jobs and eventually start businesses, buy homes, learn English and become citizens. When welcomed to their new home and provided opportunities, refugees become highly productive citizens and help their host communities thrive."

Closer Look: Welcoming America; Atlanta BeltLine; and more

"What Atlanta and a number of other communities are doing right is recognizing that our future is one that looks different demographically than our past. This is something we should be excited about, and something we can take advantage of if we create an environment where people feel they belong and can participate at their fullest."

NH has a plan for new arrivals

New Hampshire is in the middle of a three-year, $1.4 million dollar project to welcome and integrate immigrants. “When you start to meet and know each other and become neighbors, you become people to each other, and that’s what breaks down the fear. That's our goal,” said Liz Fitzgerald, co-chair of the One Greater Nashua Coalition.

Welcoming communities embrace and integrate immigrants

More than 50 cities and counties were honored by the White House on June 30 for their leadership and innovation in creating welcoming communities as well as civic, economic, and linguistic integration. These cities and counties participated in the White House's Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.

Tampa leaders celebrate area refugees

Tampa Bay, Florida, officials passed a proclamation naming June 20 as World Refugee Day, a day to celebrate and recognize the region's diversity and to welcome refugees. “We take great pride in recognizing the strength of the diversity in our community. Recognizing and realizing the diversity of our community provides the strength and the pillar to make our community a better place.”

ID card means 'we are all Cincinnatians'

A new municipal ID program in Cincinnati, Ohio, which will help make easier the lives of undocumented immigrants, the homeless, and others who cannot obtain an ID. It is the first of its kind in Ohio and could prove to be a model for addressing identification needs.

How refugees help their new communities

While much has been written about strengthening borders and toughening immigration law, relatively little attention has been paid to the local acceptance of refugees and the ways in which they are successfully incorporated into their new communities.

Refugees help small town thrive

About 6,000 immigrants who escaped poverty and violence in East Africa have resettled in Lewiston, Maine. When these refugees began arriving, many residents were resentful. Now, they say the town has changed for the better, including a revitalized downtown and increased local pride.

The future of Hamtramck is being built today

Immigrant entrepreneurs are leading the force to revitalize Hamtramck, Michigan. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Hamtramck was in a state of decline and the Bangladeshi community started to open businesses and revitalize their neighborhoods. Today approximately 35-40 businesses from that community remain active.

Closer Look: Ga. Legislature; Welcoming America; And More

Founder David Lubell talked with Atlanta's NPR station, WABE 90.1 FM, about Welcoming America's mission to help communities become more inclusive. 

IIA awarded ‘Gateways to Growth Challenge’ to help welcome new Americans

The City of Akron, Summit County, and the International Institute of Akron were selected as one of 20 communities around the country to receive grant funds as a part of the Gateway for Growth Challenge. They will receive $12,500 to develop a multi-sector welcoming plan.

Battle Creek seeks to be more welcoming to refugees

Battle Creek, Michigan, voted 6-3 on April 12 to join Welcoming America and become a Welcoming City. "It means we as a city value inclusion," said commissioner Kate Flores. "We think that being an inclusive place and a welcoming place for all of our residents that are living in the city is a value to us and helps make us a safer, prosperous and a better place to live."