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Welcoming Webinar

Learn how to include refugees in your community's economic development opportunities - from creating inclusive training to culturally competent lending programs. You'll come away from the webinar with two promising practices to emulate and beginning steps to weaving economic development into your everyday work.

In this webinar, you will gain a basic understanding of the skills gap issue and the opportunities international talent presents. You will learn how to access existing resources for highly-skilled immigrants and take away practical tips that can be implemented locally in the short-term.

This message toolkit is designed to help people working with and on behalf of recent refugees to deliver strong messages that will encourage community leaders and policy makers to take action to support refugees in their area. 

With this rapid expansion of institutions for immigrant integration, there is a demand for a better understanding of how these institutions can most effectively facilitate receiving and integrating immigrants and ultimately maximize their economic and civic contributions. This report strives to meet that demand by examining the origins, functions and goals of existing Offices and highlighting the best practices and strategies of successful initiatives. The timing of the immigrant integration movement merits a thorough investigation of these Offices, and the limited existing research on the topic makes our study all the more necessary.

Today, a growing movement of cities and municipalities in the United States and Europe are recognizing the economic and social benefits of becoming welcoming communities and fostering a welcoming culture. This paper by Welcoming America and the German Marshall Fund explored the emerging field of work in 2012. 

This report by Michael Jones Correa of the Center for American progress explores local integration challenges and the imperative for proactively bridging the gaps between native and newcomer.

Conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center, this survey of community and business leaders around the economic benefits of immigrant welcome to Nashville concluded that “Nashville’s efforts to welcome and incorporate a vibrant, growing immigrant population has helped create tangible economic gains across the city and across sectors.”

In November of 2014, the President established the White House Task Force on New Americans — a government-wide effort tasked with better integrating immigrants and refugees into American communities in three key areas: civically, economically, and linguistically. Read more about the Plan and our analysis of the welcoming-related recommendations it includes.

This brief guide breaks down the Federal Integration Action Plan and the welcoming-related recommendations in it.

Welcoming Webinar

This webinar will helped audience members learn more about the WE Global Network and its collaborative approach, the work of select members who are already seeing the result of efforts to connect economic development and global talent, and resources that are available for others interested in the intersection of economic development and immigrant inclusion.

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