Local communities across the country have long seen the positive effects of a growing immigrant population. An influx in newcomers has driven population growth, revitalized neighborhoods, spurred innovation, and enriched communities with cultural diversity. In the face of this, many local governments, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits have been thinking more proactively about how to create an environment sending messages of inclusion and social cohesion, maximizing the contributions of all residents, and giving community members the tools needed to thrive together.
To support and scale these pursuits, in 2016 New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America (WA) launched the Gateways for Growth Challenge (G4G), a competitive opportunity for public and private sector organizations to jointly apply for up to three tiers of support to facilitate local immigrant integration and inclusion:
- Customized economic research reports on local immigrant contributions
- Tailored technical assistance to create an immigrant welcoming plan
- Planning grants to fund welcoming plan efforts
Immigrants Get the Job Done data reveal event
NNIC welcomed attendees to the Lilley Museum at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Friday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. where they disseminated data from the New American Economy's research report on Reno/Washoe County and highlighted the immigrant contributions in Northern Nevada. The Lilley Museum's current exhibition, En Medio|Senses of Migration, visually highlighted the immigrant contributions.
For a detailed copy of the report, please visit the New American Economy Research Fund.
Washoe County's immigrant data from the Gateways for Growth study was recently featured in an article for the Reno Gazette Journal and in the Nevada Independent.