Immigration Symposium Series, Immigrants: Boosting Economic Growth: Welcoming and Integrating as an Economic Development Strategy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S Independence Mall, Philadelphia PA
United States

As Philadelphia continues to re-emerge as a major immigrant destination, the city’s ability to integrate and support these newcomers is increasingly critical. Immigrant integration is a two-way investment and by advancing immigrant integration as a key economic development strategy, we maximize our efforts to ensure the success of individuals and position the region to be competitive in the global economy.

The event will highlight the contributions of a few notable immigrants in the region who have contributed in a substantial way to support their communities or made notable strides in business or other endeavors. The event will also provide a platform for public discussion around the next phase of immigrant integration in Philadelphia.

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Jim Kenney, the current democratic candidate and projected next mayor of the city. The event will also contextualize Philadelphia’s efforts into a national picture through representation by the White House Task Force on New Americans.

This event is made possible by the kind support of: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, and the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs.

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have assisted more than 10,000 people from over 140 countries.

We believe that a steady influx of new customers, workers, and entrepreneurs can reinvigorate Pennsylvania’s aging population, renew its neighborhoods, and re-energize our economy. By making Pennsylvania a magnet for immigrants, we will become a more vibrant, more creative, and more dynamic competitor in today’s global economy.

Our mission is clear - to be a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community by promoting immigrant participation in the area’s political, social, and economic life. To that end, we work closely with the many regional organizations that have a stake in immigration. These include government agencies, service providers, employers, business associations, trade unions, and economic development groups.

AL DÍA News Media is a dynamic news organization based in Philadelphia, with an increasingly national scope and reach. Our multi-platform news media organization showcases the fullness of the Latino experience in the United States — fostering engagement and driving a new American narrative. AL DÍA offers readers a unique perspective in the midst of the cluttered media landscape with its national news website available in English and Spanish, a newspaper, English-language events including media panels, political conversations, film screenings, and other ambitious content initiatives.


Open to the public, all ticket proceeds all proceeds will go toward supporting small business development services, education and training programs at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Tickets are $45 and all proceeds will go toward supporting small business development services, education and training programs at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  

Event Type: 
GlobalPhilly 2017 events
GlobalPhilly™ 2015
Business and Commerce
Economic Development