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Welcoming Cities & Counties
City of Detroit
City Council Immigration Task Force
September 15, 2014
Welcoming Michigan is proud to have worked with a number of localities in 2014 six of which have declared themselves a Welcoming City or County. Welcoming Michigan has partnered with these cities and counties who support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities to build mutual respect between receiving communities and immigrants, an integral part of thriving communities. These localities are Macomb County, City of Sterling Heights, the City of Hamtramck, the City of East Lansing, Clinton Township, and the City of Detroit (See Channel 4's report on Detroit’s announcement here). Today, we’re excited to be working with Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.
The Welcoming Michigan Story
We believe that being welcoming is the right thing to do, but that’s not the whole story. Michigan is the only state that lost population between 2000 and 2010. Considering how high unemployment in Michigan has been, some might say that’s a good thing — fewer people to compete for the jobs we do have.
In 2008, the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Skillman Foundation commissioned former State Representative Steve Tobocman to explore the idea of immigration as a potential strategy for reinventing the economy of that region. Read More