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This tool is intended to help advocates for immigrant integration communicate how welcoming our immigrant neighbors can be a force for economic growth.

This guide showcases the role immigrants play in economic growth, job creation, and prosperity for their community. Chapters contain best practices, strategies, and models that can inform those working in the fields of economic development and immigrant integration.

As part of a 2018 study on Inclusive Recovery, the Urban Institute looked at the relationship between economic health, economic inclusion, and racial inclusion in 274 of the largest US cities since 1980. Through extensive data analysis and discussions with local leaders, they identified trends across cities, key lessons for how economic turnarounds can support inclusion, and the common building blocks of inclusive growth across different geographic contexts.

This new tool includes how to develop an inclusive approach to economic development, tips for success, and key strategies around areas such as workforce development, entrepreneurship, home ownership, and urban and rural agriculture. 

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Legacy cities across the Midwest are looking to immigrants and refugees as catalysts for energizing urban neighborhoods that have lost population and seen disinvestment. Hear from RISE in St. Louis as they tackle their second affordable housing project initiated, in part, to connect with immigrants and refugees as potential tenants, as well as from Global Detroit in its efforts to facilitate immigrant purchase, rehab, and occupancy of vacant housing from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

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A growing number of places recognize that being welcoming leads to prosperity. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the Welcoming Framework and offers participants resources needed to become more inclusive toward newcomers and longtime residents.

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 In this webinar, Welcoming Refugees and Higher, an ORR technical assistance provider for refugee workforce development, show you how to effectively communicate these contributions, support refugee entrepreneurs as part of your current work, and build greater community awareness and support.

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Racial wealth inequality is a key driver for financial household insecurity among families of color. This webinar with Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) explores the facts and impacts of the expanding racial wealth divide for communities of color as well as implications for partnerships and program design. We looked at data from CFED’s Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Local Data Center, and select Racial Wealth Divide Data Profiles. We also discussed the findings from CFED and Institute for Policy Studies’ recent report on racial wealth inequality, The Ever-Growing Gap.

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A key component of the Welcoming Framework is equitable access, including an equitable economy. This webinar features the National Equity Atlas, a first-of-its-kind data and policy tool for the community leaders and policymakers who are working to build a new economy that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous. Participants examine the economic indicators and getting a sense of how immigrants are faring in their communities.

Is your community harnessing the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs to spur economic growth and job creation? This tool will introduce you to practical ways to leverage the opportunities that exist when you include immigrant entrepreneurs in local economic development strategies and programs.

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