Gateways for Growth

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In the fall of 2020 the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, with support from the City of Minneapolis, applied for and was awarded the Gateways for Growth Challenge grant, making us one of only 19 communities chosen for this opportunity. The Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for localities to receive research support and/or technical assistance from New American Economy and Welcoming America to improve immigrant inclusion in their communities. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber was awarded research report as well as direct technical assistance, allowing us to work with community stakeholders to develop a multi-sector strategic plan to improve immigrant and refugee inclusion in the City of Minneapolis. Our state’s character is inseparable from the story of immigration, and we know immigration is a cornerstone of Minneapolis’ economic competitiveness. We also know that there is much more work to be done to ensure immigrants, refugees and New Americans actually have the resources they need to succeed. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is honored to play a leading role in this important work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gateways for Growth Challenge?

The Gateways for Growth Challenge (G4G) is a competitive opportunity for localities to receive research support and technical assistance from New American Economy and Welcoming America to improve immigrant inclusion in their communities. Read more about G4G and see how other cities have leveraged this opportunity at gatewaysforgrowth.org.

What will the Minneapolis Regional Chamber be doing with this grant?

In addition to sharing our customized research report on the economic contributions of immigrants, the Gateways for Growth initiative gives us the unique opportunity to engage partner organizations and community members across the city to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve immigrant and refugee inclusion in areas including civic engagement, government leadership, access to justice, workforce and economic development, education, amongst others. We intend to share these recommendations with elected and policymakers at the state and local level, as well as leaders in business, philanthropy and advocacy. We also hope this initiative will highlight the excellent work so many organizations and individuals across the region are doing to address some of these issues and create a forum for these organizations and individuals to work collaboratively.

What is the timeline for this project?

Final recommendations will be released towards the end of 2021.

Who should I contact if I want to get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about Gateways for Growth, please contact Grace Waltz, Vice President of Public Policy, Minneapolis Regional Chamber (gwaltz@mplschamber.com) and Michelle Rivero, Director, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, City of Minneapolis (michelle.rivero@minneapolismn.gov).

Research Report

As part of the Gateways for Growth, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber received a customized report from New American Economy highlighting the economic contributions of immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis. Read the full report here.

News and Updates

On June 16th, 2021, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the City of Minneapolis’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and New American Economy presented the customized research report at a Minneapolis City Council meeting in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day, informing city leaders to ensure that Minneapolis welcomes and harnesses the potential of all its residents. Watch the presentation here (June 16, 2021 Policy & Government Oversight Committee - YouTube) (the presentation starts at 1:24 mark and ends at 1:50 mark).

On June 16th, 2021, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber released a research report conducted by New American Economy that underscores the critical role immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis play in driving the region’s population growth, consumer spending power, and labor force. Read the news release here.

On March 10th, 2020, Grace Waltz, VP of Public Policy, joined Michelle Rivero, Director, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, City of Minneapolis and other leaders to update the Minneapolis City Council on various initiatives promoting immigrant and refugee inclusion in Minneapolis, including the Gateways for Growth Challenge. Watch the presentation here (the presentation begins at the 6:15 mark and ends at the 1:24 mark, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber presents at the 1:20 mark).

 

Read an article published from the Sahan Journal about this study here.

Read an article published from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal here.