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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.

The Greater Kansas City region has experienced a changing demographic over the past quarter-century, with the immigrant population increasing from 33,000 in 1990 to more than 150,000 in 2018. Immigrants are an important part of the economic and cultural fabric in the Great Kansas City area, working in a variety of industries and establishing strong roots in the community as homeowners and parents of U.S.-born children. 

More than half the global population lives in metropolitan areas, and this proportion will likely increase throughout the 21st century. A significant contributor to this growth will be immigrants and other newcomers. This report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs examines, through the lens of the city of Chicago, the complexity of the foreign-born community and the immigrant-related policies of a global city, situated within broader county, metropolitan, state, and federal contexts. 

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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