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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Report documents immigrant contributions

Grand Rapids community leaders agreed making immigrants feel like they belong in Kent County not only is right but is economically smart.

Foreign-born residents of Kent County contributed $3.3 billion to the county’s GDP in 2016, according to a report presented Sept. 12 by the local Gateways for Growth Project, headed by Joel Lautenbach, Samaritas executive director of development.

Gateways for Growth is a national project that gives local communities technical assistance from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop multisector plans for integrating immigrants.

Read the complete article on the Grand Rapids Business Journal website.

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