From the Director Category

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 [...]

From the Director: Cracking the Immigrant Talent Code Can Take some Thought and Energy

By Steve Tobocman I have been approached several times by folks who have sat through my Global Detroit presentations of the incredible contributions of immigrant talent to Metro Detroit and Michigan’s economy with concerns that I am telling native-born Michiganders that we are untalented, lazy, [...]

From the Director: Global Detroit and Midwest Immigrant Entrepreneurship Efforts Highlighted before Congress

By Steve Tobocman On Wednesday, January 15, I was honored to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Immigration Council and Immigration Policy Center on Revitalization in the Heartland: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development.  The event was moderated by AIC Director [...]

From the Director: Governor Snyder Gets in the Game

  By Steve Tobocman In his fourth State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder borrowed (with permission) two chapters from the Global Detroit playbook.  In launching a Michigan Office for New Americans and throwing his support behind the EB-5 Regional Center application for MSHDA, [...]

Global Great Lakes Network collaborates at National Immigrant Integration Conference in Miami

Posted on December 16th, 2013 in From the Director, Immigrant Resources, Welcoming and Inclusion 

By Steve Tobocman From November 17-19 several of the attendees from the Global Great Lakes Network first convening in Detroit (held last June) found themselves in the sunny waters of downtown Miami, Florida for the sixth annual National Immigration Integration Conference.  With representatives of immigrant [...]

Welcome Mat Guide to Immigration and Cultural Services New and Improved

By Steve Tobocman In case you missed the event September 24th, Metro Detroit now possesses perhaps the most powerful and comprehensive online searchable database for immigrant and refugee integration and cultural services in the nation.  The re-launch of the Welcome Mat Detroit online database accesses [...]

From the Director: Welcoming Michigan’s Christina Sauvé Awarded “Champion of Change”

Global Detroit Launched Initiative Receives White House Recognition  By Steve Tobocman On Thursday, September 19th, the White House recognized ten individuals and their pioneering practices to advance immigrant inclusion in ways that involve U.S.-born residents and the community as a whole to foster successful immigrant [...]

From the Director: Upwardly Global launches in Michigan

By Steve Tobocman On Thursday, June 20th about 50 people joined Global Detroit and Global Michigan in welcoming Upwardly Global staff to Michigan to unveil the Upwardly Global online licensing guides. Michigan became just the 4th state in the nation to have these extremely helpful [...]

From the Director: Global Detroit in the News

By Steve Tobocman Certainly we feel honored to be referred to in both the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic magazine this week as a national leader in looking to capitalize on immigration as an economic revitalization engine. The Journal cited our work with the [...]

From the Director: Canadian Startup Visas boost Toronto Economy

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in From the Director, Neighborhood Revitalization 

By Steve Tobocman Canada has recently launched a new “start-up” visa to enable immigrant entrepreneurs legal residency in Canada.  A recent article chronicling the program and some successful immigrant entrepreneurs in Toronto was recently published in Model D’s sister publication Yonge Street.  You can check [...]