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Twenty American communities have been selected to receive assistance in building inclusive approaches to welcoming and integrating immigrant populations. The awards were made by the nonprofits Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Welcoming America.
The Gateways for Growth challenge invited communities across the United States to apply for research, technical assistance, and matching grants to support the development and implementation of multi-sector strategic plans for welcoming and integrating immigrant newcomers.
A number of the winning communities have already been undertaking a skills-focused approach to immigrant integration:
Gateways for Growth will assist communities in building on their existing economic development and immigrant integration efforts. In particular, the Challenge “will help communities develop and implement plans to integrate immigrants into their localities and compete in the global economy,” says PNAE Chairman John Feinblatt.
All 20 of the communities selected for Gateways for Growth will receive one or more of the following types of assistance from PNAE and Welcoming America:
In addition, PNAE and Welcoming America have produced an interactive map with examples from immigrant integration initiatives across the United States. The site provides detailed information on specific efforts – such as forming a municipal office for immigrant affairs or creating a community-wide strategic plan – as well as links to local resources, and best-practices guidance for those seeking to replicate successful programs and policies.
The full list of Gateways for Growth Challenge winners is:
About the Project Partners
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. Learn more at www.RenewOurEconomy.org.
Welcoming America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Learn more at www.welcomingamerica.org.