Last week more than 50 city and community leaders from around the state came gathered in Chapel Hill to learn how their cities could better support recent immigrants and refugees, and benefit from all they have to offer. We were proud to co-sponsor this day-long summit with the Building Integrated Communities initiative of the UNC Latino Migration Project.
As recent studies have shown that increased immigration can lead to job growth and greater economic opportunity for whole communities, NC cities have taken note. Four North Carolina cities have already signed on as Welcoming Cities, placing North Carolina as a leader in this rapidly growing movement. They recognize how much new immigrants are bringing to their communities and have committed to do more to support their efforts to integrate and succeed.
Members of our Welcoming Greensboro Committee were among those that shared their experiences and lessons learned.
City and community leaders from Charlotte, High Point, Greenville, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Rocky Mount, Wilmington and Asheville were also among the participants.