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Video: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Economic Growth

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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 Grow on 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. 

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)