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File #: RES 20-1595    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 11/18/2020
Title: Resolution authorizing the proper City officials to apply for and accept a Research and Technical Assistance Award as part of the 2020 Gateways for Growth Challenge valued at $20,000.00 and to accept a gift membership in Welcoming America for the year 2021 valued at $1,500.00.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Title
Resolution authorizing the proper City officials to apply for and accept a Research and Technical Assistance Award as part of the 2020 Gateways for Growth Challenge valued at $20,000.00 and to accept a gift membership in Welcoming America for the year 2021 valued at $1,500.00.


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WHEREAS, the New American Economy is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization that conducts demographic research on immigrant and refugee populations for local governments and advocacy organizations; and


WHEREAS, Welcoming America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to encourage and support communities to be more inclusive and welcoming towards immigrants; and


WHEREAS, Immigration is one of our nation’s greatest assets. Communities across the country have seen the positive effects of a growing immigrant population;


WHEREAS, New Americans’ economic, civic, and cultural contributions have helped revitalize neighborhoods, create businesses large and small, and make cities more vibrant and competitive.


WHEREAS, recognizing this, many local governments, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits seek strategies to attract, retain, and integrate immigrants and international talent in their own communities; and


WHEREAS, to support and scale these pursuits, in 2015 New American Economy and Welcoming America launched the Gateways for Growth Challenge, a competitive opportunity for public and private sector organizations to jointly apply for support in improving immigrant inclusion in their community; and,


WHEREAS, G4G utilizes tailored economic research on the local economic contributions of immigrants and/or direct technical assistance to support Gateways for Growth awardees to create a local narrative, backed in data, on the imperative for building inclusive communities and, for those who are ready to take the next step, build a community-wide plan for immigrant inclusion supported by multi-sector stakeholders; and


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