Detroit Category

Welcoming Week: A Reflection on America’s “Golden Door”

Posted on September 15th, 2015 in Detroit, From the Director, Welcoming and Inclusion 

As the grandson of Jewish grandparents who fled Poland in the early 20th Century only to have all of their remaining family perish in the Holocaust, I grew up with a strong belief in the United State as the world’s haven for those fleeing persecution, [...]

Immigrant’s Guiding Values Inspire Generation

Posted on June 26th, 2015 in Detroit, Welcoming and Inclusion 

By Kathryn Brennan “We need to remind ourselves to be very careful to do the right things,” said Gary Torgow, Chairman of Talmer Bank and Trust. He learned this from his grandfather, Manuel Merzon, who emigrated from Russia in 1914 at the age of 16. [...]

Ambassadors Amplify Citizenship Excitement

Citizenship Ambassadors Help Candidates on the Path to Citizenship There was a palpable excitement in the Hindu Temple of Canton as people flooded in and staff and volunteers scurried to get ready for the naturalization event. Four Citizenship Ambassador volunteers were spread out in this [...]

Immigrants Lend Their Voices to a Community Conversation

In order to fully integrate new immigrant and refugee communities so that these communities feel welcomed and included in their new home of Metro Detroit, the Global Detroit strategy document recommended that immigrant, refugee, and ethnic communities be connected to regional leadership. To further that [...]

From the Director – Immigrants: The Vacant Property Solution

By Steve Tobocman On Wednesday, May 20th the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network convened some 20 leaders representing 9 of the nation’s major land banks (or their equivalents), as well as representatives from the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Legacy Cities Partnership [...]

From the Director: Michigan’s global economy

By Steve Tobocman Politicians are apt to hold press conferences for projects that announce even a few hundred jobs. Can you imagine the headline for a government action that produced 15,000 jobs that paid salaries ranging from $60,000 to even $100,000? Research from the Partnership [...]

From the Director: Broken Immigration System Hurts Detroit’s Economy

By Steve Tobocman H-1B Visa Cap Denies Area Employers Critical Talent to Grow Businesses Global Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Office for New Americans, Ann Arbor SPARK, MichBio, and other business and economic leaders joined similar groups across the Rust Belt in highlighting [...]

Understanding American Credit: Why is it important for immigrants?

Posted on March 17th, 2015 in Detroit, Get Involved, Immigrant Resources, Uncategorized 

Global Detroit routinely highlights community partners that are working to provide skills to our target populations, including those with limited English proficiency (LEP), immigrants, and refugees. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approved the launch of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion of SE Michigan (AEI [...]

It’s Time to Get Involved

This coming May marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Global Detroit Study! Can you believe it has been that long? Maybe, we need a celebration or some time to reflect upon all of the immigrant economic development and welcoming programs, infrastructure, and [...]

The Passing of a Great Champion

Posted on February 11th, 2015 in Detroit, From the Director 

On February 3, the State of Michigan, Metro Detroit, the city, and Global Detroit lost a great friend and champion of diversity. Dan Krichbaum, the long-time director of what is now the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity Inclusion (formerly NCCJ), former chief of staff to Governor [...]