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Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Economic Growth: How Immigrant Small Businesses are Supporting Main Street

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

January 14, 2015


Philadelphia. (Image: Chris Hunkeler)

Join AS/COA for the launch of the new AS/COA and Fiscal Policy Institute report, Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow.

This report quantifies the role of immigrants as small business owners in the country’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, with an in-depth qualitative look at how immigrant entrepreneurship has promoted economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in Nashville, the Twin Cities, and Philadelphia. This publication is part of AS/COA’s Immigration and Integration Initiative, which works to change the narrative on immigration by highlighting the critical role immigrants play in our economy through research and direct stakeholder engagement.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Keynote Address:

  • Robert Annibale, Global Director, Community Development and Inclusive Finance, Citi


  • David Dyssegaard Kallick, Senior Fellow and Director of Immigration Research Initiative, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Luis Parodi, Vice President, Community and Economic Development Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs
  • Mihailo Temali, CEO and Founder, Neighborhood Development Center, Minneapolis
  • Kate Brick, Policy Manager and Director, Immigration and Integration Initiative, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderator)

Read an AS/COA fact sheet on how immigrants make cities more economically competitive.

Americas Society thanks Rockefeller Brothers Fund for its support of our Immigration and Integration Initiative.

Event Information: Beckie Bintrim | | 212-277-8372
Press: Adriana La Rotta | | 212-277-8384
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at, before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015