Retaining/Attracting International Talent Category

Detroit Hosts Welcoming Economies Global Network City-to-City Visit: Showcases Its Leadership in Building an Inclusive Economy and City

Visitors from peer immigrant economic development and immigrant inclusion initiatives in Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Buffalo, South Bend, and New Zealand, came to Detroit on October 25-26 to study Detroit as a model for early progress in building a welcoming and inclusive city and regional [...]

French Immigrant University of Michigan Professor, Gérard Morou Wins Nobel Prize in Physics!

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,Stockholm, Sweden named Gérard Mourou, a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he has taught for over 16 years as a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. Professor Mourou [...]

The Detroit News editorial: Don’t close the door on refugees

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s recent editorial in The Detroit News makes the case for smart immigration policies that reinforce the United States national character as the world’s leading beacon for refuge, freedom, and safety. Last year - shortly after the Trump Administration announced its 2018 [...]

Immigrant Talent – Michigan’s Global Talent Advantage

Posted on July 19th, 2018 in Retaining/Attracting International Talent 

Ask any economic developer or business leader in America to name their top imperative these days and, inevitably, they will rank talent as one of their top concerns. Talent strategies abound—placemaking, overhauling the public education system, attracting “boomerangers” (locally-born and raised talent who have fled [...]

The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region

New American Economy and Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Release Important Research on The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region 2017 has been a difficult year. Much of the year has been spent listening to endless analyses and prognostications about how angry [...]

GTRI Partners with Chinese Engineers for International Student Job Fair

International students represent the world’s most valuable economic asset: high-skilled STEM talent. The race to attract and hire this talent is more competitive than ever, but current U.S. immigration laws create misunderstanding and myths about employment of this talent, and cloud the benefits of doing [...]

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 [...]

Our Vision for a Prosperous Detroit

In 2009, Michigan’s economy was in the midst of intense crisis: unemployment was at an all-time high of 15.3 percent, our population was on a steep decline, the auto bailout was on the horizon, and the city would soon be entering bankruptcy.  Thanks to some [...]

African leaders visit Detroit to learn immigrant integration strategies

Earlier this month, Global Detroit was honored to host a group of 25 Fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative, a national effort to help rising African business and civic leaders connect with American businesses and leaders. We were invited to organize a discussion of the immigrant welcoming [...]

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 [...]