Seeds of Growth


Is your community harnessing the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs to spur economic growth and job creation? This tool will introduce you to practical ways to leverage the opportunities that exist when you include immigrant entrepreneurs in local economic development strategies and programs.

What Germany Taught Us About Welcoming Refugees

Archived Webinar

Listen into a discussion with four participants from the 2016 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange. Learn more about what Germany is doing at this historic time to welcome refugees. Panelists share their greatest lessons learned from the exchange and good ideas for replication back in the United States. Details on how to apply for the 2017 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange are covered.

Refugee Economic Contributions: Making the Case & Expanding Opportunities

Archived Webinar

In this webinar, learn how refugees are contributing to the economic vibrancy of their new communities. Our speakers from the refugee resettlement, economic development, and financial services fields will discuss quantifying and communicating about refugee economic contributions; programs and policies to support economic integration; and how financial services such as individual development accounts, microloans, and other vehicles promote entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency.

Economic Impact of Refugees in the Cleveland Area 2012 Report


This report details the employment and fiscal impacts of refugees and refugee service organizations in the Cleveland area in the benchmark year, 2012.  This report also includes case studies and a summary of recent refugee historical trands.  It can be used to help craft positive economic development messages about refugees.