State and Local Policies

As an increasing number of Rust Belt communities realize the enormous contributions that immigrants make to local economic growth and prosperity, new and innovative economic development initiatives are being launched to build more inclusive and welcoming economies.  These initiatives often include a number of programs that facilitate immigrant entrepreneurship, talent inclusion, welcoming work, and other elements.  As rapid as these local programmatic initiatives are being launched, innovations also are being pursued by state and local public policymakers.

Thus, the WE Global Network’s Ideas that Innovate is a collection of state and local public policies that further our efforts to pursue immigrant economic development strategies.


Developing Lending and Entrepreneurship Support for Immigrant Entrepreneurs through Public-private Partnerships

Across the country, local leaders are redesigning government, nonprofit, and private sector programs to better integrate immigrant entrepreneurs and others with potential to start small businesses and help grow local economies. This “Idea” captures a smaller, more manageable step to building an ecosystem of inclusive entrepreneurship support through lower-cost, intermediate actions for expanding small business resources for immigrant entrepreneurs.


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