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While Shelbyville is, in many ways, a typical southern town, it is also unique. Several of the residents appearing in the documentary and on this website are active participants of the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative, a statewide effort to help improve relations between long-term residents and immigrant newcomers. 

Background on the Welcoming approach of reversing negative images of immigrants by using strategic communications. This clip is featured in “Building a Nation of Neighbors,” a Shelbyville Multimedia video module for bridge-building between newcomers and long time residents, adapted from the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder.

A collection of state and local public policies in the Rust Belt that furthers efforts to pursue immigrant economic development strategies. These initiatives often include a number of programs that facilitate immigrant entrepreneurship, talent inclusion, welcoming work, and other elements.

Produced by the WE Global Network.

This storybook features the stories of 11 immigrant entrepreneurs in the Rust Belt.

Produced by the WE Global Network.

This tool provides an overview of strategies to engage the broader community in an immigrant integration context and offers numerous examples of projects throughout the country.