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New Report on Welcoming in Nashville

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | June 17, 2015

Today, Welcoming America released a new study, Welcoming Nashville: Perspectives and Trends, which provides further evidence of how communities are benefiting economically from a welcoming climate for immigrants and all residents. The study, conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center, surveyed community and business leaders around the economic benefits of immigrant welcome to Nashville, which in recent years led the country in job growth. The Center concluded that Nashvilles efforts to welcome and incorporate a vibrant, growing immigrant population has helped create tangible economic gains across the city and across sectors. Other key findings include:

  • Over 80% of business and community leaders in Nashville feel that immigrants have helped businesses reach a more global audience.
  • A large majority agree that it is important for there to be a continued climate of welcome, including continued support from local Nashvillians and access to a variety of services and programs to improve immigrants’ full participation.
  • Seven out of ten leaders believe immigrants help make Nashville a more innovative and productive economy.
  • A majority believe that immigrants have been important to the success of their own organizations.

“Nashville is gaining an economic edge through its welcoming efforts, which have helped attract trade, investment, and diverse talent," said Welcoming America Executive Director, David Lubell,  "If they want to compete in a global economy, cities can no longer afford to hit the snooze button on immigrant integration. This research underscores that business and civic leaders not only derive value from proactive welcoming efforts, but they want to see even more of them.” Accompanying the report, a new infographic also explains how Nashville has benefited from its welcoming climate.

  This research builds on prior findings that Nashville has benefited economically from its welcoming policy and culture. A report by AS/COA and the Fiscal Policy Institute recently found that immigrants helped transform neighborhoods and supported the economic revitalization enjoyed by the city as a whole.  Immigrants are also over-represented among the self-employed; they make up 12% of the total population but 13.9% of small business owners. In addition, the Partnership for a New American Economy’s research shows that the growth in Davidson County’s foreign-born population between 2000 and 2010 increased the county’s housing wealth by nearly $1 billion ($967,535,478).

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