National Convening to Highlight Immigrant Contributions to Economic Revitalization

National Convening to Highlight Immigrant Contributions to Economic Revitalization

| October 12, 2017

The Welcoming Economies Convening's unique focus will be to show the economics of immigration - highlighting the value of New American contributions to U.S. economy - as well as to advance innovations in immigrant integration, urban revitalization, and economic development, drawing on lessons of Rust Belt communities.


Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Ali Noorani, author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration, will keynote the Welcoming Economies Convening on Oct. 23-24 in Syracuse, New York. More than 200 leaders of this growing movement representing communities across the Midwest will join them to learn how everyone in their communities can benefit from innovative efforts to welcome and retain New Americans as valued contributors to local economies.

“Refugees and immigrants are helping our economy rebound; they are filling hiring needs, helping Syracuse employers grow and respond to a changing economy. They are starting businesses that are creating jobs, and making our urban cores more vibrant. As Central New York business leaders seek to participate in global markets and compete with other regions for talent, the rich cultural diversity created by refugees and immigrants helps foster global fluency and connections resulting in a competitive advantage for the region,” said Rob Simpson, President and CEO of CenterState CEO, which is hosting the Convening along with the Welcoming Economies Global Network, a project of Welcoming America and Global Detroit.

The Welcoming Economies Convening includes workshops to measure the local economic impact of refugees, demonstrate how immigrants help working-class residents in the Midwest, and use immigrant economic development strategies in rural areas.

Also at the Convening, a new report from New American Economy and the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition will be released that quantifies how immigrants are revitalizing and strengthening industries like manufacturing and healthcare; offsetting decades of population decline; and reinvigorating local economies with new businesses that employ U.S-born workers, an increased tax base, and consumer spending that drives local growth.

WHAT:           The Welcoming Economies Convening

WHEN:          Oct. 23-24, 2017

WHERE:        Marriott Syracuse Downtown



  • Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse

  • John Dau, President and Founder of the John Dau Foundation, former “Lost Boy”

  • Ali Noorani, Author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration and Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum

  • Rob Simpson, President and CEO, CenterState CEO

  • Rachel Peric, Managing Director, Welcoming America

  • Steve Tobocman, Executive Director, Global Detroit


EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos and interview opportunities are available. For press credentials, please contact Welcoming America Communications Director Deborah Hakes.

About the Welcoming Economies Convening: The Welcoming Economies Convening is an annual regional gathering of cities and community leaders committed to welcoming, retaining, and empowering immigrants as valued contributors to our economies. The Convening is an opportunity to exchange and learn about the growing energy and momentum of local initiatives in a 10-state region (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, PA, WI), drawing on the lessons of the Rust Belt.

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