By Betsy Cohen, Project Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project
We’re taking the St. Louis Mosaic Project to the White House! Vin Ko and I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to help bring communities together through Welcoming America and other national immigrant support organizations in order to accelerate the welcoming movement. St. Louis has a rich tradition of immigration and now with the arrival of Syrian refuges, we have an opportunity to be even more welcoming.
I was particularly interested to hear how Atlanta and Boise are being welcoming. Atlanta is implementing 20 ways to welcome foreign-born into all aspects of the community, including: health care, citizenship, education, and workforce opportunities. Boise has launched a unique, high-skilled immigrant internship program, helping connect immigrants with top employers (think Launchcode) within their fields.
It is meaningful to hear from national experts as we expand the St Louis Mosaic Project. We want to be the fastest growing metro for immigration by 2020. With more than 200 partners, we are well on our way.
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This post originally appeared at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.