Forty-eight percent of New York City business owners are immigrants, according to a 2011 study published by the Fiscal Policy Institute. Read more about their findings and learn what percentage of dry cleaning, taxi service, grocery store, and child day care owners are immigrant-owned.
By giving $150,000 in grants to 27 groups who applied for funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to harness New York’s resources and help immigrants who contribute to the vibrancy of the state economy. The goal to help 100,000 immigrant New Yorkers become stronger civic participants over the next three years – through English language training, legal advice and business strengthening services. Read more about Governor Cuomo’s opportunity center plan at Gotham Gazette.
Click on the image above to watch the NY1 video of Mayor Bloomberg’s opening of NYC’s Immigrant Heritage Week 2013.
“We have to keep working to give more immigrants the opportunity to come to the country, and particularly to come here to New York City, because that is what we’re celebrating today, our incredible diverse heritage.”
Below, watch the City Scoop segment on (among other news items) Immigrant Heritage Week.
On Thursday, April 26, 2013, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) brought together representatives from 26 U.S. cities for the Cities for Immigrant Integration Conference to discuss best practices for policy and programming. MOIA also released its “Blueprints for Immigrant Integration”, open-source strategies that local governments can implement to engage and support their immigrant communities.