Long Beach has received a research award to study the local impact of its immigrant and refugee population, city officials announced Wednesday.=
The award is part of the 2017 Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge, an annual competitive opportunity launched in 2015 for local communities to gain tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America, according to the release.
“Immigrants and refugees have made tremendous contributions to the City’s culture and economy,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “This award will help us to further enhance economic opportunities for the large immigrant population calling Long Beach their home.”
The G4G Research Award will result in a report customized to the city that focuses on the economic and demographic impact of immigrants and refugees on a local level, including their tax contributions and spending power, roles in the local labor force, and population and demographic trends. The research will aid the city, policy makers and community-based organizations in better supporting and including the individuals and families who immigrate to Long Beach.
Read the full story from the Long Beach Post: “Long Beach Receives National Research Award to Study Economic Impact of Immigrant Population”