Ideas that Innovate: State and Local Policies

WE Global Network
Date of Publication: 
April, 2015
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An increasing number of Rust Belt communities are introducing new initiatives to capitalize on the immigrant contributions to local economic growth and prosperity.

Ideas that Innovate is a collection of state and local public policies that aim at advancing immigrant economic development strategies. Compiled by WE Global Network (formerly Global Great Lakes Network), the paper offers innovative ideas and models to achieve more welcoming and inclusive economic strategies and communities to policymakers and economic development agencies. The paper highlights noteworthy local public policy measures that facilitate immigrant entrepreneurship, talent inclusion, welcoming work, and other elements conducive to inclusive economic development. For each initiative, it gives details about the related policy, main stakeholders, where it has worked and why it is important. It also provides resources for action, additional readings and key contacts.

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WE Global Network. (2015). Ideas that Innovate: State and Local Policies. WE Global Network. Decatur:GA. Available at: