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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/22/13
Mayor Kasim Reed and City of Atlanta Join Welcoming America Initiative
Mayor Reed announces support for initiative that will affirm the City of Atlanta as a welcoming city that respects the cultural and economic contributions of immigrants
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed announced today the City of Atlanta’s commitment to join the Welcoming America initiative. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and native-born Americans. As part of the initiative, the City of Atlanta will work to identify opportunities to engage Atlanta’s global immigrant communities and further immigrants’ role in building the local economy. The announcement was made at an immigration luncheon sponsored by Americas Society/Council of the Americas at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.
“Atlanta’s diversity and vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and opportunities,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “In partnership with Welcoming America, the City of Atlanta will continue to work on welcoming, including, and supporting the economic and social contributions of immigrants to enhance our city’s cultural fabric, economic growth and global competitiveness.”
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Atlanta’s total population exceeds the national average of immigrants. More than 13% of citizens are immigrants.
“We are excited to see Atlanta join a growing community of cities that are actively welcoming immigrants and their contributions to boost economic growth and ensure a more humane treatment and inclusion of newcomers,” said Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of Americas.
Cities participating in the Welcoming America initiative will have the chance to access new tools and resources to help advance welcoming resolutions, initiatives and strategies, receive support and recognition for their efforts to foster more vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming communities and participate in national and transatlantic learning exchanges that highlight promising practices from globally competitive cities.
"We applaud Mayor Reed for his leadership in recognizing that our diverse population is our greatest asset, and for committing to work in partnership with the community to build a more inclusive and welcoming Atlanta,” said David Lubell, Executive Director, Welcoming America. “We hope and expect that other leaders in the region will follow his lead."
Other participating Welcoming America cities and counties include: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (incl. Pittsburgh); Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Boise, Idaho; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Dodge City, Kansas; High Point, North Carolina; Lincoln, Nebraska; Louisville, Kentucky; Macomb County, Michigan; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; New York, New York; Oakley, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; St. Louis, Missouri (city); St. Louis, Missouri (county); and Sterling Heights, Michigan.
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