Midwestern Cities Want Immigrant Entrepreneurs
By Foulis Peacock
In a recent report from the American Immigration Council, “Revitalization in the Heartland of America,” author Paul McDaniel makes a provocative statement: “Those cities which welcome the initiative and drive of immigrants will not only experience economic and social dividends, but will be poised to prosper even more under a new era of immigration reform.”
As the report notes, Detroit and St. Louis, among other cities, are already taking this message seriously, and are not waiting for a gridlocked Congress to get around to meaningful immigrant reform. They are aggressively investing in programs to attract entrepreneurial immigrants to their communities.
Here's a snapshot of what they're doing.
“Those cities which welcome the initiative and drive of immigrants will not only experience economic and social dividends, but will be poised to prosper even more under a new era of immigration reform.”
Detroit & St Louis Leading the Way
To revitalize the Southwestern Michigan, Global Detroit has launched programs to keep immigrant entrepreneurs here in America, and to give them the resources to succeed — initiatives such as international student retention, and urban neighborhood micro enterprise training and lending programs. Detroit knows what’s at stake: jobs and economic vitality.
Likewise, the St. Louis Mosaic Project is making the attraction of new immigrants to their city a top priority, building a $100 million war chest to fund immigrant businesses and infrastructure in the St. Louis metro area. Significantly, both cities have recognized the need to create is a welcoming environment to ensure that immigrants will be successful and play their part in revitalizing America’s heartland.
Detroit knows what’s at stake: jobs and economic vitality.
But if these programs, and others like them, are to really revitalize the American economy they cannot be isolated efforts, but must be part of a new awareness of the value of immigration - an awareness that finally leads to action by the United States Congress. And to make that happen, we have got hold our representatives accountable. Stagnation and dithering on their part is simply not an option.
St. Louis is making the attraction of new immigrants to their city a top priority, building a $100 million war chest to fund immigrant businesses and infrastructure in the St. Louis metro area
A New Initiative from Immpreneur
In the coming months, Immpreneur will be doing it's part. In a new editorial initiative, we'll be examining cities around the country that are providing resources and programs to help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed, and determining which cities are welcoming. And then we'll be reporting back to you with the results.
In this week's Immpreneur.com, you'll get a taste of what's to come in "Six Reasons Why Immigrants Should Head to St. Louis." Featured on our homepage, this article provides much more information about what the leaders of St. Louis Missouri are doing to provide a dynamic infrastructure for entrepreneurial activity. We want to hear from you, so please read it and send us your feedback.