Chamber Begins Stakeholder Engagement on Immigration Integration Plan

On Tuesday, July 16, Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Belinda Garza Hartwig participated a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in Long Beach, California. Moderated by Kate Brick with the New American Economy, Belinda joined representatives from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for a discussion about the relationship between immigrant integration and increased economic growth.

The three diverse communities participating in the session were selected to take part in the New American Economy’s Gateways for Growth challenge, which is tasked with developing strategic plans to integrate immigrants into their communities.

The audience included representatives from chambers of commerce from across the country, representing diverse communities in size and geography. The workshops provided an opportunity for staff from chambers to share best practices on a multitude of issues and implement successful strategies in their own communities.

In May, the San Antonio Chamber, along with the City of San Antonio,  hosted a presentation of the economic impact immigrants have on our community. On Thursday, July 25, we will hold a stakeholder meeting to begin developing a community-informed strategic plan to make San Antonio a welcoming city for newcomers. If you are interested, please register through the event site online.

For more information, contact Belinda G. Hartwig at bhartwig@sachamber.orgor Lisa Marie Gomez at

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