Webinar: Welcoming Economies: Immigrants are key to Inclusive Economic Growth

May 22, 2015

Family Photo Courtesy of Global Detroit

Photo Courtesy of Global Detroit

Smart cities understand that immigrants are key to a vibrant urban economy and regional economic growth. The challenge is how to attract and retain immigrant skill and talent in an increasingly competitive race to the top. How do we create a welcoming economy? How are smart cities making the business case for the economic opportunities that immigrants bring to the community at large, while fostering new opportunities for innovation and wealth creation?

Join Steve Tobocman, Executive Director of Global Detroit, for an online conversation for how we can revitalize regional economies through immigrant attraction and retention, employment, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and internationalization of cities, workplaces and institutions.  Interview hosted by Sarah Wayland, Project Lead of Global Hamilton.

Welcoming America logoThis webinar is co-hosted by Cities of Migration and Welcoming America as part of a Welcoming Economies webinar series.



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Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit

Steve Tobocman has spent the past six years spearheading Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy for the Detroit area focused on immigration and global connections. The Global Detroit study (www.globaldetroit.com), published in May 2010, has helped to leverage more than $7 million in philanthropic and government funding into the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative (America’s first and only international student retention program), Welcoming Michigan, ProsperUS Detroit, Welcome Mat Detroit, and a Detroit office for Upwardly Global. Global Detroit has served as the foundation for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Office for New Americans, an attempt to build upon these strategies on a statewide basis. Steve also has been the driving force around the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network (www.weglobalnetwork.org) a 10-state network of local immigrant economic development initiatives.

From 2003-2008, Steve served as the State Representative from Michigan 12th State House District in Detroit and ended his term as the Majority Floor Leader, the second-ranking position in the House. Currently, Steve co-directs the Michigan Political Leadership Program, one of the nation’s premiere bipartisan political leadership training programs. He is the Managing Partner at New Solutions Group, LLC, a consulting firm in Detroit that provides innovative and creative solutions for the common good and that has extensive experience in community economic development, urban policies, and, of course, immigrant integration and economic development.

Sarah WaylandSarah Wayland, Project Lead, Global Hamilton at the City of Hamilton

Dr. Sarah V. Wayland is a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, with a PhD in political science from the University of Maryland, and now a proud Hamiltonian.  She taught at several Ontario universities before opening her own business in 2003.  She has built her reputation as a top-quality researcher and writer specializing in immigration and settlement, but her work has also addressed other social issues such as employment, poverty, housing, and literacy.  She has completed immigration-related projects for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Maytree, Metcalf Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, Region of Peel, City of Hamilton, and others.  As one of her numerous volunteer activities, she was a director of the St. Joseph Immigrant Women’s Centre from 2005 to 2014.

Sarah now leads the Global Hamilton initiative for the City of Hamilton.  Global Hamilton seeks to attract and support entrepreneurial and skilled immigrants to Hamilton, including international students.


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