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, Welcoming America’s Ideas that Innovate is a collection of state and local public policies that further our efforts to pursue inclusive  economic development and immigrant inclusion.


Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes multi-lingual proficiency and attainment as a valued educational achievement and workforce skill. It encourages students to pursue language acquisition, honors the skills our students attain, and provides evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.


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