New Orleans Selected To Participate In ‘Gateways For Growth Challenge,’ Integrate Immigrants Into Economic Growth Strategy

NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans was selected by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and Welcoming America to participate in the “Gateways for Growth Challenge” to attract, retain and integrate immigrants as part of an economic growth strategy.

         New Orleans is among 20 cities selected to participate in the “Gateways for Growth Challenge,” including Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

         “In New Orleans, diversity is one of our greatest strengths and our city maintains deep roots with immigrant communities,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “The ‘Gateways for Growth Challenge’ recognizes New Orleans as an inclusive and welcoming city for all its residents and visitors. Our participation is important to creating the New Orleans we always knew she could be.”

         The Challenge, which started in December 2015, invited communities across the country to apply for research, technical assistance and matching grants to support the development and implementation of multi-sector strategic plans for welcoming and integrating new Americans. New Orleans has been selected to receive a customized quantitative research report on the contributions immigrants make to the local economy.

         The Partnership for a New American Economy Research Fund, a network of more than 500 mayors and business leaders that support immigration reforms to create jobs in the American economy, along with Welcoming America, a nonprofit leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation to make sure that everyone who lives in the nation feels like they belong, selected cities to participate in the Challenge.

         Through the “Gateways for Growth Challenge,” PNAE will provide the selected communities with customized quantitative research reports on the contributions immigrants make to their local economies; on-the-ground technical assistance to help communities draft, execute, and communicate a multi-sector immigrant integration strategy; or small planning grants that a local partner has committed to match.

         In 2014, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement created an engagement and outreach initiative, Welcoming City, to better communicate with and serve our growing immigrant and multicultural communities. In 2015, City Council passed a resolution with the support of Mayor Landrieu to officially recognize New Orleans as a city that is welcoming to immigrants and multicultural residents. New Orleans is one of the 48 inaugural cities to join the White House Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.



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