From the Director Category

Public Charge Proposal Threatens Rust Belt Economies

Posted on December 7th, 2018 in From the Director, Get Involved, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Only days remain before public comments are due on the proposed federal rule change to public charge and last week, Global Detroit helped lead a twitter town hall meeting to highlight the potentially devastating economic impacts of the proposal. On October 10, the Department of [...]

Building an Inclusive Region

Posted on November 19th, 2018 in From the Director 

Global Detroit is building an inclusive economy in Metro Detroit that welcomes the contributions of immigrants in ways that revitalize neighborhoods, create jobs, and raise incomes for all of us. We are an innovator and expert in connecting international talent with regional businesses’ unmet talent [...]

Detroit Ranked in Top Ten as Welcoming for Immigrants

Posted on September 24th, 2018 in From the Director, Welcoming and Inclusion 

Last week, during national Welcoming Week, Global Detroit paused to celebrate its eighth year of programming, to honor some deserving immigrant entrepreneurs and champions, and to celebrate Detroit’s Top Ten status in the first-ever New American Economy Cities Index ranking America’s 100 largest cities for [...]

New report: The Economic Impact of Refugees in Southeast Michigan

Yasir Ibrahim came to Detroit in 2008 fleeing persecution and ethnic violence ravaging Iraq. He quickly found work as a clerk in a dollar store stocking shelves, cleaning up, and tackling any task that would help him build a good life for himself in America, [...]

Michigan is National Leader in Tackling Brain Waste

National leaders from the New American Economy (NAE) and World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge joined Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Cabinet Director Mike Zimmer (pictured), Global Detroit, the Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA) and 75 attendees on May 1 to discuss “brain waste”—the [...]

Not My Parents’ Macomb County

Posted on April 12th, 2017 in From the Director 

This week, the One Macomb initiative, a County-initiated forum and resource for all matters relating to the enhancement of diversity and inclusion in Macomb County, released compelling new research about the incredible diversity and economic contributions that immigrants bring to Macomb County. When I was [...]

Rust Belt Innovation Leads U.S. Efforts to Utilize Untapped Immigrant Talent

By Steve Tobocman “Human capital is the ultimate capital,” notes Demetri Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. On December 7, MPI unveiled groundbreaking research in a [...]

Filling the Talent Gap: GTRI Releases New International Student Data for Michigan

Today, the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), the nation’s first international student retention program, released its “Filling the Talent Gap” report—a 2016 update to first-of-its-kind analysis of OPT data released in 2013. The release was announced at a Global Detroit press conference that included [...]

H-1B Day of Action: The Global Talent Opportunity

Tel Ganesan’s enthusiasm is infectious. As the founder and CEO of Kyyba, he provides over 500 jobs and generates $40 million of revenues on an annual basis. “All I wanted to do when I came to this country was to pursue the American dream,” Tel [...]

From the Director: Tackling the “Brain Waste” Challenge for Detroit

By Steve Tobocman National organizations like Upwardly Global, World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge, the Welcome Back Initiative, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians have worked for years to help college-educated immigrants achieve meaningful employment in the U.S. Noting that college-degreed immigrants are [...]