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Webinar: Attracting Immigrants and Growing Local Economies

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Join Steve Tobocman and Business Forward to discuss how to Build Welcoming Economies.

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Webinar: Attracting Immigrants and Growing Local Economies

  1. 1. Building Welcoming Economies: The Growth of Inclusive Economic Development
  2. 2. • WE embraces the following core values: • Immigrant communities are central to expanding economic opportunity and revitalizing the entire region • Welcoming immigrants into the economic and social fabric of a region helps to make the region more vibrant for everyone • Regional economic development initiatives can play in retaining immigrants and enhancing their role in the community’s economic and social fabric
  3. 3. WE Global Network Members
  4. 4. Building Inclusive Economies: Local Innovations in Immigrant Economic Development
  5. 5. Talent
  6. 6. International Student Retention
  7. 7. 70.3% 63.2% 60.4% 55.4% 53.4% 52.1% 50.2% 44.5% 43.7% 43.7% 42.1% 40.3% 13.0% 4.8% 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% 80.0% International Students Predominate Graduate STEM Degrees
  8. 8. International Student Retention • Job Fairs • Interview and Resume Writing • Employer Meet-and-Greets • Resume Collection and Dissemination • Legal 101s for Corporate Employers
  9. 9. Skilled Immigrant Integration
  10. 10. Table 4. Forgone Earnings and Taxes by State, and State Share of Overall Totals, 2009-13 Total Forgone Earnings ($billion) Total Forgone State/Local Taxes ($million) Estimate State Share of U.S. Total (%) Estimate State Share of U.S. Total (%) United States 39.36 100.0 3,033.56 100.0 California 9.39 23.9 694.81 22.9 Florida 3.64 9.2 214.72 7.1 Michigan 0.51 1.3 48.56 1.6 New York 5.05 12.8 594.03 19.6 Ohio 0.51 1.3 52.97 1.7 Texas 2.50 6.4 167.45 5.5 Washington 0.83 2.1 74.86 2.5 Total 7 states 22.44 57.0 1,847.40 60.9 Other 43 states and DC 16.93 43.0 1,186.15 39.1 Source: MPI analysis of 2009-13 ACS and 2008 SIPP data from the U.S. Census Bureau, with legal status assignments by Bachmeier and Van Hook. Tax estimates are from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates based on the Institute’s microsimulation model.
  11. 11. Skilled Immigrant Integration • State Licensing and Credentialing Guides, Recredentialing • Interview and Resume Writing • Employer Recruitment • Job Readiness and Coaching • Career Pathways; Upskilling • Contextualized ESL
  12. 12. Connector Programs
  13. 13. Connector Programs • One-on-One Connections • Trailing Spouse Programs • Three Referrals • Halifax, St. Louis, Detroit
  14. 14. Entrepreneurship
  15. 15. IMMIGRANTS ACCOUNT FOR HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF HIGH-EXPORT COMPANIES PERCENT OF TOTAL SALES EXPORTED OUTSIDE OF THE U.S PERCENT OF FIRMS THAT ARE OWNED BY IMMIGRANTS NONE 12.7% LESS THAN 1% 11.1% 1% TO 4% 14.7% 5% TO 9% 17.1% 10% TO 19% 20.2% 20% TO 49% 35.1% 50% TO 99% 50.5% SOURCE: Partnership for a New American Economy Report, “Open for Business: How Immigrants are Driving Small Business Creation in the US” (2012) - SPECIAL TABULATIONS FROM THE SURVEY OF BUSINESS OWNERS (2007)
  16. 16. Entrepreneurship
  17. 17. Homeownership and Neighborhood Revitalization
  18. 18. Welcoming Economies Global Network Actvities
  19. 19. 6 Annual Convenings
  20. 20. “This newly formed relationship with our peers enriched our experience, and seeing firsthand the work and impact affirmed our belief of the importance of intentional relationship building within integration work.” -Guadalupe A. Velasquez, City of Columbus City-to-CityVisits
  21. 21. Publications
  22. 22. Publications
  23. 23. Robyn Webb Vin Ko Gracie Xavier Webinars Connector Programs
  24. 24. New Allies
  25. 25. Building Welcoming Economies: The Growth of Inclusive Economic Development The mission of the Welcoming Economies Global Network is to strengthen the work, maximize the impact, and sustain efforts of local economic and community development initiatives that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued contributors to the region’s shared prosperity.
  26. 26. Find the Guide at welcomingamerica.org > learn > resources

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