Immigrants breathe new life into communities

NEishome_featimgA recent article by Immigration Impact gives a telling portrayal of the benefits that immigrants bring to their new homes – while highlighting new local efforts across the country to focus on “welcoming” initiatives that create strong communities.

New immigrants “breathe new life into communities” and help create a vibrant social, economic, and cultural environment.  They diversify neighborhoods and open businesses that share the beauties of numerous cultures.

The economic benefits are significant as well.  Many immigrants fill the gaps in the labor market and positively contribute to the state and local economies.  Immigrants with stable financial situations often start their own businesses and create jobs in their new hometowns.

Immigrants are a necessary and crucial factor in helping the United States sustain growth.  Immigrants have been an engine of this country since its creation.  Local organizations, such as Welcoming America affiliates and Nebraska is Home, help create a more welcoming community environment to help new and longtime residents find shared prosperity, because our communities are strongest when everyone feels welcome. For many of these immigrants, their potential is limitless if they are welcomed and have the belief that they can play a part in creating positive change in their community.

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Announcing the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative

Re-posted from a Welcoming America announcement Recognizing that immigrants help maximize opportunities for economic growth and civic vitality and position communities as globally competitive, 21st century leaders, 14 local governments have joined the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative with Welcoming America.The initiative signals the growing importance of an innovative and proactive role for local governments, and the growing […]

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Nebraska immigrant documentary screening in Lincoln Sunday

Meet The Quilted Conscience director Sunday at the Ross Documentary also airs statewide Friday on NET A locally produced documentary about the welcoming of cultural diversity in Nebraska will air this weekend in Lincoln with a chance for you to participate.  The Quilted Conscience will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mary Riepma Ross Media […]

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Immigrants bring hard work, creative ideas to U.S. economy

Last week Marketplace Money, a public radio program focusing on business and the economy, highlighted the positive effects immigration has on our nation and our economy. Two immigrants, Mario Escobar, originally from El Salvador, and Jose Luis Zelaya, from Honduras, described the trials they have gone through in their pursuit of the American dream. Escobar, now […]

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Welcoming Conference looks to create friendly communities for new Americans

A growing number of communities are recognizing the economic and social benefits of welcoming and engaging immigrant residents. Last week, 20 Welcoming America affiliates from communities in states near and far met to discuss diverse strategies for creating welcoming communities. Detroit is creating opportunities for immigrant and long-term neighbors to get to know one another […]

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Quilted Conscience screenings November 13 & 15

Quilted Conscience is a documentary about the welcoming of cultural diversity in Grand Island. This documentary portrays a remarkable bond formed between a group of 16 Sudanese-American girls and a quilter’s guild, coming together to create something spectacular. Join us at one of two special screenings with John Sorensen, the film’s director, and artist Peggie […]

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Omaha Celebrates National Welcoming Week

During Omaha Diversity Week and the first ever National Welcoming Week, activities in Omaha and around the country recognized efforts of inclusivity and inspiring others to welcome immigrant neighbors into the workplace and the community. Throughout Omaha, in business, in city government, and in community celebrations and social groups, Omahans recognized the contributions of immigrant […]

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You’re Welcome in Omaha Celebrates National Welcoming Week

This week, You’re Welcome in Omaha will join Welcoming America affiliates across the country to celebrate the first National Welcoming Week. Across Omaha, throughout schools, public places and businesses, posters designed by local artists will spread a message of “Welcome” in many languages. Other community activities will be posted at NebraskaIsHome.org More than 20 Omaha organizations […]

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The Economic Dividends of Welcoming Immigrants

You’re Welcome celebrates diverse communities that welcome both immigrant and non-immigrant neighbors. But it’s not just our communities that are enriched when all people are welcome, it is also true that local businesses and economies thrive when all people are able to work together. Forbes magazine recently published an article discussing the business opportunities that […]

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You’re Welcome Kick-Off Event Huge Success

Thanks to everyone who made it out to House of Loom Friday night for Omaha’s You’re Welcome kick-off event!

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