Charlotte Receives the Gateways for Growth Award

The New American Economy (NAE) recently selected Charlotte to receive the very prestigious "Gateways for Growth" award. This award is given to cities with specific qualities and Charlotte is one of the 14 cities receiving the award.

In order to receive this award from the NAE, a city must show a wide range of resources for developing strategies for the following:

  • Integration of immigrants
  • Promoting the inclusion of all residents
  • Fostering economic growth

The cities receiving the awards will also be given technical assistance, matching grants and research grants from the NAE and Welcoming America. The grants will help to support the city's welcoming strategies. In addition, the Gateways for Growth helps to serve as a network for local communities to help each other with their strategies.

Cities Receiving the Gateways for Growth Award

Along with Charlotte, NC, the following cities will be receiving this award:

  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio
  • Wayne County, Michigan

Cities will gain plenty of benefits and resources from this award. Some of the resources given to these cities will include:

Planning grants from Welcoming America and the NAE

Research reports from the NAE customized for each city based on economic and demographic contributions from immigrants in the communities

Technical assistance from Welcoming America and the NAE in each city to ensure the city can draft, execute, and communicate their immigrant integration strategies

The new resources the City of Charlotte will receive will help the city better understand the impact immigrants have on the economy.

Gateways for Growth Award

The Gateways for Growth Challenge was launched in December 2015 as a way for local communities to compete for the help from the NAE and Welcoming America. These organizations have supported growth in many communities since and plan to continue to do the same in the 14 cities winning the award this year.

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