Dayton Human Relations Council

Dayton to Host Regional Convening on Midwest Immigration

WE Global Network Third Convening Highlights Immigrant Economic Initiatives across the Midwest
Release Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Contact: Melissa Bertolo, Welcome Dayton Program Coordinator, 937‑333‑1422

The City of Dayton Human Relations Councilʹs Welcome Dayton initiative will host
the Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global Network) for its third annual
convening in as many years. Regional leaders of local immigrant economic
development opportunities across 10 states will gather on July 9 at the Dayton
Convention Center for a day of panel presentations, roundtable discussions and

Members of the WE Global Network and other attendees will benefit from peer‑topeer
learning exchanges, policy and research tools developed for immigrant economic
development organizations, access to technical assistance, other capacity building
resources and the opportunity to build relationships and networks with other

Felicia Escobar, White House Special Assistant to the President for Immigration
Policy, will deliver the keynote address and discuss the White House Task Force on
New Americans, as well as ongoing federal efforts to engage with local communities
on immigrant integration and economic development. Ms. Escobar has been a key
staff person for President Obama on immigration policy and the creation and
implementation of the first‑ever federal immigrant integration policy.
Registration for the conference is open until July 1 at 11:50 p.m. at

The conference is sponsored in part by the City of Dayton, Montgomery County,
UFCW 75, DP&L, Welcoming America, Wright State Universityʹs Office of
Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Legacy Cities Partnership,
CareSource Foundation, Sinclair Community College, IMPRINT Global Talent Bridge,
Vectren, the University of Dayton, Partnership for a New American Economy and
Premier Health.
About the WE Global Network
The Welcoming Economies Global Network exists to strengthen the work, maximize
the impact and sustain the efforts of local economic and community development
initiatives across the Rust Belt region that welcome, retain and empower immigrant
communities as valued contributors to the regionʹs shared prosperity. The Network is
comprised of immigrant welcoming programs from 16 cities, including Welcome

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