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Thriving Economies and Vibrant Communities Include Immigrants

Together, let’s build a prosperous Southeast Michigan.

Global Detroit Is Part of the Solution

We create strategies to strengthen the region through immigrant inclusion. Research shows that when communities welcome immigrants, they create strong neighborhoods, a productive workforce and successful businesses.

Southeast Michigan benefits when businesses, nonprofits, government and communities attract and retain immigrants. Companies are able to fill jobs. Innovators launch startups. International students put their talents to work. Families put down roots.

25% of Michigan’s high-tech companies were started by immigrants.

Duke University and UC-Berkeley

Immigrant-owned businesses in Michigan generated $27 billion in sales in 2018.

New American Economy

The #1
(and only) growing population source in Detroit is immigration.

U.S. Census

Four out of ten of immigrants in Michigan have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

U.S. Census

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Shaping Policy and Practice

We are establishing Southeast Michigan as a center for prosperity. Our work shapes policy locally and state-wide. Our research verifies the benefits of immigrant inclusion. Our results are felt throughout Michigan and beyond.

Keeping Talent In Michigan

Filling unmet talent needs in Southeast Michigan means retaining new and current immigrant residents. We prepare international students for the job market and connect them to career mentors, as well as help them secure jobs.

Growing Entrepreneurship

Our strategies fuel innovative growth. We connect small business owners in Detroit’s immigrant neighborhoods to resources, while also helping immigrants and international students launch startups and create jobs.

Supporting Strong Communities

We connect Detroit residents and business owners in immigrant neighborhoods with homeownership and home repair programs, foreclosure prevention, small business support, and other resources they need to put down roots and thrive.


Preparing Top Talent 

This past summer, we launched the Global Talent Accelerator as part of our effort to connect Southeast Michigan companies to top global talent and prepare our region’s international students for the U.S. job market. Eleven students and recent graduates were selected for this inaugural cohort. Most are in the STEM field and all possess degrees (or soon-to-be completed degrees) from bachelor’s to Ph.D. The students spent the summer attending interactive workshops on pitching, resume writing, networking, business etiquette and other important professional skills, and visiting some of metro Detroit’s leading companies, including StockX, OpTech, LinkedIn and Quicken Loans. Several have already landed internships or full-time positions. Sudhanva Kulkarni, a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, used the skills he gained in GTA to secure a position as a technical sales engineer with Global Window Films. “GTA was a bridge between graduation and professional world for me,” he observed.

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