Ideas that Innovate | WE Global Toolkit | Welcoming America

Ideas that Innovate | WE Global Toolkit

Welcoming America | April 22, 2015


The WE Global Network launches today IDEAS THAT INNOVATE, a collection of state and local public policies that further efforts to pursue immigrant economic development strategies.

Many WE Global Network local actors have been approached by municipal officials, state legislators, and other elected officials who acknowledge the research and economic case for immigrant economic development, but who lack specific public policy measures that they can consider to support our work.

As an increasing number of Rust Belt communities realize the enormous contributions that immigrants make to local economic growth and prosperity, new and innovative economic development initiatives are being launched to build more inclusive and welcoming economies. As rapid as these local programmatic initiatives are being launched, innovations also are being pursued by state and local public policymakers. This collection can assist immigrant economic development players and policymakers working together toward more welcoming and inclusive communities. The chapters provide resources to help you explore replicating these ideas in your community.


The initial collection focuses on seven state and local best practices, but networks are encouraged to suggest other state and local policies that should be highlighted and replicated.

f you have ideas for additional Ideas that Innovate, please contact WE Global Network at [email protected]

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