From the Director Category

From the Director: BanglaTown Open for Business – Rebuilding Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Posted on November 9th, 2015 in Detroit, From the Director 

By Steve Tobocman Friday, I was privileged to attend the ceremonial opening of the Bangladeshi American Public Affairs Committee (BAPAC) office on Conant Avenue, the commercial main street of the BanglaTown neighborhood on the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address for the [...]

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, [...]

Relationships Built in Dayton Strengthen Network and Work Moving Forward

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s Reflections on the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network 3rd Annual Convening The Third Annual Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global) Convening in Dayton was our best yet, demonstrating the growth and momentum of WE Global and immigrant economic development.  The Convening [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From the Director: Administrative Relief on Immigration Toward a More Global Detroit

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in From the Director 

By Steve Tobocman Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the most sweeping changes in federal immigration policy in some three decades. Unfortunately the realities of these policy issues have been swept aside in most of the mass media reporting on the issue, eschewing understanding how [...]

Del Director: El Alivio Administrativo del Presidente Obama

Por Steve Tobocman Ayer por la noche, el presidente Obama anunció las reformas más radicales en los Estados Unidos a la política de inmigración en casi 30 años. Su acción para tratar de integrar a millones de padres indocumentados de ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes legales [...]

From the Director: Obama’s Administrative Relief

By Steve Tobocman Last night, President Obama announced the most sweeping reforms in U.S. immigration policy in nearly 30 years. His action to try to integrate millions of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents is bound to fan the flames of political firestorms [...]