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City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Business, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Gabriel Berumen, originally from Mexico, knows the value of immigrant-owned small businesses for local communities. He started Las Palmas, a Latino grocery store chain, in the Pittsburgh area. Now, Las Palmas has expanded to suburban communities around Pittsburgh. Berumen’s chain of grocery stores is an example of how Pittsburgh, once the heart of America’s steel [...]

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Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on May 1, 2014 in Business, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 0 Comments
Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

From Alexander Graham Bell to Google’s Sergey Brin, immigrants have founded some of the most iconic American companies, as the Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler explained. “There’s something inherently entrepreneurial about leaving your home to start a new life in another country,” Stangler said. And immigrant entrepreneurs continue to contribute today. The Kauffman Foundation recently released [...]

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How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of [...]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

Mayors Agree, Immigrants Make Their Cities More Economically Competitive

“Mayors are looking for a fix,” said Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa Arizona, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “The status quo is not acceptable. It’s as simple as that.” In a January 31 letter to Members of Congress, the United States Conference of Mayors urged expeditious action on immigration reform in 2014. As [...]

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Report: Three-Quarters of Republican Business Leaders Back Immigration Reform

Written by on February 5, 2014 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 0 Comments
Report: Three-Quarters of Republican Business Leaders Back Immigration Reform

Whether as high-tech contributors within a large company or as the founders of their own businesses, immigrants play a critical role in entrepreneurship and innovation. Take the selection of Satya Nadella, an immigrant from India, as Microsoft’s new CEO. He originally came to the U.S. as an international student pursuing a master’s in computer science [...]

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Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Despite the formal end of the recession in 2009, unemployment in the United States remains high, wages are still stagnant, and economic indices of all kinds are looking grim. A crisis of this magnitude requires bold action by U.S. lawmakers to realign U.S. economic policies in ways that promote the growth of both jobs and [...]

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Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

It is clear that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder understands that immigration can be a potent boost to his state’s economy. It’s also an important component of economic revitalization for a city such as Detroit. Improving the nation’s broken immigration system could have enormous economic benefits for Michigan and states across the country, so Snyder joined [...]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

When Jordi Carbonell, originally from Spain, and his wife Melissa Fernandez opened their Cafe Con Leche coffee shop several years ago in southwest Detroit, the couple founded their business on the idea that the neighborhood needed a central gathering place to create a strong community. Today, the bustling cafe is integral to life of the [...]

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