State & Local Initiatives

They say all politics is local, right? While most of the debate about immigration focuses on congressional action (or inaction), state and local leaders have been leading the way in attracting, retaining and integrating new American communities for the past few decades.

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Since 2014, NAE’s State & Local team has worked in more than 100 local communities across more than 35 states to support policymakers, businesses, and civic leaders who recognize the myriad economic, cultural, and civic contributions immigrants and refugees make. Through economic research, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and advocacy opportunities we help our partners champion policies and programs that create jobs, spur innovation, and drive economic growth for all Americans.

Active Cities: 106

Akron, OH
Alexandria, VA
Ames, IA
Anchorage, AK
Arlington, TX
Asheville, NC
Atlanta, GA
Austin, MN
Austin, TX
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Bowling Green, KY
Brownsville, TX
Buffalo, NY
Cedar Rapids, IA
Champaign/Urbana, IL
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Contra Costa County, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
Dallas, TX
Dane County, WI
Dayton, OH
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Erie, PA
Fargo, ND
Fayatteville, AR
Flint, MI
Fort Bend, TX
Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Worth, TX
Fresno, CA
Gainesville, FL
Grand Forks, ND
Grand Rapids, MI
Greensville, SC
Harrisonburg, VA
Honolulu, HI
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Jackson Hole, WY
Jersey City, NJ
Kansas City, NE/MO
Katy, TX
Lancaster County, NE
Lancaster, PA
Lexington, KY
Little Rock, AR
Long Beach, CA
Longview, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Lowell, MA
Lubbock, TX
Macomb, MI
Madison, WI
Memphis, TN
Mercer County, NJ
Miami-Dade County, FL
Middlesex County, NJ
Minneapolis, MN
Miramar, FL
Missoula, MO
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
Northern Kentucky
Northern Virginia
Northwest Arkansas
Odessa, TX
Orlando, FL
Omaha, NE
Ottawa, MI
Passaic County, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Plano, TX
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Prince George’s County, MD
Reno, NV
Roanoke, VA
Saint Paul, MN
Salt Lake County, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Jose/Silicon Valley, CA
San Mateo County, CA
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Siouxland, IA
South Bend, IN
Southwest Kansas
Spokane, WA
St. Louis, MO
Syracuse, NY
Toledo, OH
Tula, OK
Waco, TX
Washtenaw, MI
Wayne County, MI

Active States: 20

California
Colorado
Florida
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachussetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Nevada
New Jersey
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Pillars of Work

Capitol Hill during the day

Office of New Americans (ONA) State Network

Together with World Education Services (WES) Global Talent Bridge, NAE co-convenes the Office of New Americans (ONA) State Network, a group of state policy leaders committed to coordinating and implementing state-wide immigrant integration initiatives. NAE and WES provide technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and tailored research on the economic benefits of immigrant integration efforts.

Collection of logos for New American Economy's state compacts

State Compact & Business Coalitions

Since 2019, NAE has launched and reaffirmed eight business-led State Compacts on Immigration, and oversees business coalitions in Texas, Colorado, and Ohio. Each Compact is a set of principles that the state’s business community believes should guide the debate around immigration reform. Our State Coalitions are coordinated efforts to deploy the Compact in educating, promoting, and advocating for federal and state level immigration policies that strengthen our economy and attract international talent.

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Global Talent Chamber Network (GTCN)

The Global Talent Chamber Network (GTCN) brings together chambers of commerce from across the country who see immigrant integration as an economic growth strategy. Through this network, NAE offers tailored research on the local economic contributions of immigrants, briefings on the federal policy landscape, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities on strategies for integrating and attracting an immigrant workforce.

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Gateways For Growth Challenge (G4G)

NAE, in partnership with Welcoming America, coordinates the Gateways for Growth (G4G) challenge, a competitive award opportunity for local governments, chambers of commerce, and non-profit organizations. G4G awardees receive customized economic research and individualized technical assistance to support the creation of a community-wide plan that outlines concrete strategies for leveraging the skills and contributions of all community residents.

About NAE

New American Economy is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. More…