President, John Dau Foundation
The Welcoming Economies Convening weaved together cutting edge policies, successful programs, innovative ideas, and a network of more than 300 trailblazers working to attract, retain, and empower immigrants.
Hosted by CenterState CEO.
“Rust Belt leaders, like CenterState CEO, are spearheading regional immigrant and refugee integration and economic development initiatives . . . This movement is rapidly expanding, and now in our fifth year, we are excited to see how far we have come.”
Sustainable growth in the region is happening as Syracuse opens up avenues to economic participation, creating a more welcoming economy for all. Together, the City of Syracuse, CenterState CEO, and other community partners are collaborating on creating impactful programs that advance opportunities for immigrants.
Co-host CenterState CEO is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. The CenterState CEO Economic Inclusion team is dedicated to creating thriving communities through increased prosperity for all Central New York residents.
Watch the video below to learn more about Syracuse’s history of welcoming and how it continues to build inclusive communities and economies today.
The 2017 program inspired and motivated. Attendees from the Rust Belt region and beyond worked together to explore how to help communities launch, grow, and expand their immigrant economic development efforts. The agenda featured 15 sessions in business engagement, entrepreneurship, neighborhood development, organizational capacity building, social cohesion and equity, and workforce development.
Additional Convening Activities
Welcoming Economies 101
The 2017 Convening offered a special pre-conference session for attendees to learn why economic development leaders, chambers of commerce, and elected officials across the Rust Belt are investing in immigrant economic development models, and what those models look like on the ground.
Local, regional and WE Global Network organizations presented for 5-minutes each on an innovation they are working on. The fast-paced sessions gave the audience a snapshot of ideas that they could apply in their own communities. Presenters included: IMPRINT Project, Loretto, New American Women’s Empowerment Group, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Stalwart Fund, Voxy, and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County.
Welcome Reception: My Lucky Tummy
My Lucky Tummy is an pop-up international food court highlighting cuisines prepared by chefs from the foreign-born community living in Syracuse. Founder Adam Sudmann, a graduate of CenterState CEO’s Up Start program as well as the Program Manager of Syracuse’s With Love restaurant incubator, launched My Lucky Tummy in 2014 to celebrate the diversity of and bring attention to the cuisines of Syracuse’s large refugee community.
The Welcome Reception featured cuisines of Burma, Pakistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Syria, all crafted by a few of the refugees that call Syracuse home.
Neighborhood tours gave attendees a chance to see how the work being done in Syracuse is manifesting itself across the city.
Click below to view speaker presentations.