Dallas – Dallas is among 25 communities from across the nation to receive a Gateways for Growth Award for its efforts to welcome and recognize the contributions of immigrants to the community. The City recently created the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs to demonstrate its commitment.
Launched in December 2015, the Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive direct technical assistance from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop multi-sector plans for welcoming and integrating immigrants. New American Economy also provides tailored research on the contributions of immigrants and matching grants to select communities as part of the Challenge.
This year’s Gateways for Growth awardees demonstrated a strong commitment from local government, business, and civil society partners to recognize and highlight the contributions immigrants are making, by bolstering population growth, increasing the tax base, starting new businesses and creating jobs and adding vibrancy and culture to our social fabric.
“While Congress debates the value of immigration, in city after city, the evidence is already in: immigrants revive neighborhoods and drive economic growth,” said New American Economy President John Feinblatt. “The Gateways for Growth Challenge offers local leaders blueprints for attracting immigrant talent and jump-starting their economies.”
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