Welcome Dayton Plan
Communities across America are at a decision point: to welcome and integrate new residents and help them on a path to citizenship, or to allow old stereotypes, fears and preconceptions to hinder future success. The City of Dayton, Ohio recognizes the importance of immigrants and according to City Manager Tim Riordan, “Immigrants are more than twice as likely as other citizens to become entrepreneurs and create jobs. We want to … attract ..(and) encourage them to stay in our community and plant deep roots for the future.” More than 130 people representing all segments of the community participated in crafting the Welcome Dayton plan designed to attract immigrant groups to help the city grow jobs, businesses and population.
Also, see Governing Magazine’s article on the Welcome Dayton plan.