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AS/COA launched its report on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in revitalizing local economies across the United States. ... Play Video
Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Fiscal Policy Institute launched the new report Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Growon January 14, gathering experts from Nashville, the Twin Cities, and Philadelphia. 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.
Panelists discussed how immigrants are revitalizing local economies across the United States. They talked about innovative models to engage communities in their cities' economies and what governments, the private sector, and organizations can do to support immigrant entrepreneurs.