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San Antonio Chamber partners with City to take on Gateways for Growth Challenge

On Wednesday, the New American Economy and Welcoming America announced San Antonio as one of 13 cities selected to participate in the Gateways for Growth Challenge. The Chamber partnered with the City’s Office of Immigration Liaison to compete for the opportunity to receive direct technical assistance and grant funds to develop multi-sector, collaborative plans for welcoming and integrating immigrants. The award also includes tailored research that dives into the economic impact of immigrants.

Understanding that San Antonio’s diversity will always be a part of its economic strength, the Chamber has been a long-time advocate for immigration policies and reforms that positively impact educational attainment and foster a competitive workforce. “San Antonio’s economic prosperity has always involved the people that live here – immigrants and citizens alike. That is our strength,” said Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “We know one of the challenges ahead for our major industries is workforce talent. The Gateways for Growth Challenge is a great opportunity for our community to design a welcoming strategy that attracts and retains the best and brightest in the world.”

The Challenge puts us on task to launch a cross-sector, community-informed, actionable plan that makes San Antonio a place where immigrants are welcomed, can thrive, and are able to actively contribute to the city’s prosperity. “The City of San Antonio is excited to learn about the contributions of our immigrant and refugee residents to the local economy, as well as how our local community can create an environment that allows all of our residents to reach their full potential,” said Tino Gallegos, City of San Antonio Immigration Liaison. “Partnerships with national experts in immigrant integration will help San Antonio craft strategies that have proven successful in other cities across the United States.”

Dallas, Houston, Brownsville and Corpus Christi have participated in previous G4G Challenges. Other municipalities in the current round include:

  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio
  • Wayne County, Michigan

For more information about the New American Economy and Welcoming America, visit: newamericaneconomy.org and www.welcomingamerica.org.

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