There is a new study on the economic impact of immigrants in southeast Michigan - Global Detroit Study - which was funded by the New Economy Initiative, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Skillman Foundation. Former State Representative Steve Tobocman authored the report with assistance provided by a 38-person advisory board consisting of “regional leaders drawn from business organizations, universities, ethnic business chambers, race relations advocacy groups, foundations, hospitals, and immigration advocates,” according to the Study Overview.
Download a copy of the Study Overview and Executive Summary on the New Economy Initiative’s website. A downloadable version of the Full Report is forthcoming.
The Study Overview explains; “Global Detroit is an effort to revitalize southeast Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that strengthen Detroit’s connections to the world and make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment as a means to produce jobs and regional economic growth.” Beyond providing useful stats and other findings related to topics like education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and “stabilizing neighborhoods and bringing population growth to cities,” the report also suggests 11 Strategic Recommendations aimed at taking advantage of the region’s multiculturalism.
One of these Strategic Recommendations is to “Develop a Welcoming America Campaign for Michigan,” a topic Steve Tobocman discussed on WDET’s Craig Fahle Show, along with Welcoming America’s Executive Director David Lubell and National Coordinator Ellen Gallagher.
Metromode writer Terry Parris Jr. mentions the Global Detroit Study in a recent article, which asks the question, “Can Immigration Loosen Our Rustbelt?"