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September 28, 2016
WHAT: The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs will host the 4th Annual Welcoming Economies Global Network Convening in Philadelphia, bringing together over 350 leaders from across the country who are committed to welcoming, retaining and empowering immigrants as valued contributors to our economies.
The highlight of the WE Global Convening will be a day-long public conference featuring presentations by local and national leaders covering the topics of: Workforce Development, Entrepreneurship and Business, Neighborhood Development, Uniting Across Movements, and, Organizational Capacity Building.
The convening will commence on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:30 PM with tours of Philadelphia neighborhoods where immigrant entrepreneurs are starting businesses and contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of our communities.
Steve Tobacman, a leading organizer of the event had this to say about choosing Philadelphia as the perfect location for the Welcoming Economies Global Network’s 4th Annual Convening:
“When we selected Philadelphia and the Welcoming Center as our host city and partner, our decision was based on the tremendous work that had been accomplished there including:
“The convening will be held less than three weeks before the Presidential Election” explains Tobacman. “Our Convening will be in stark contrast to the shrill dialogue that has come to dominate federal immigration debates.”
Consider this data:
The We Global Convening will focus on immigrant economic development and welcoming efforts
championed by local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, mayors and county
executives, universities, research and policy institutions and other community leaders. The panels
and discussions are designed to strengthen the work, maximize the impact, and sustain the efforts
of individual local initiatives that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued
contributors to local economies.
WHEN: October 19 – 21, 2016
WHERE: Philadelphia Convention Center 12th and Arch Streets
Photos opportunities and opportunities to interview speakers and attendees are available.
Neighborhood Tours – Wednesday, October 19 from 1:30 – 5:00 PM
(All tours will leave in trolleys from the Philadelphia Convention Center. Below are the
neighborhoods and the local organizations that will be involved in the tours).
Chinatown – Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter
School, Asian Americans United, Philadelphia Commerce Department.
South Philadelphia (S. 7th – S. 9th Street) – SEMAAC, Cambodian Association, Cambodian Town,
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Juntos, Philadelphia Commerce Department.
Center City and South Philadelphia – Nationalities Services Center, Community Gardens, Center
City District, Old City District, Philadelphia Commerce Department.
West/Southwest Philadelphia – The Enterprise Center, ACANA, Southwest CDC, Woodland Avenue,
52nd Street Business Corridor, Philadelphia Commerce Department.
North 5th Street/El Centro de Oro – HACE, Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos,
Philadelphia Commerce Department.
About Conference Hosts
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians accelerates immigrant integration and economic
advancement through education, training, employment and entrepreneurship. Since opening its
doors in 2003, the Welcoming Center has assisted more than 15,000 people from over 140
The mission of the City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs is to promote the well-being
of the immigrant community and other constituency groups in Philadelphia by: improving access to
city services, engaging local and national community-based organizations and other non-profit
groups, developing economic resources, promoting civic participation and assisting with
educational opportunities and access.
The mission of the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network is to strengthen the work,
maximize the impact, and sustain the efforts of local economic and community development
initiatives across the region that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued
contributors to the region’s shared prosperity.
Sponsors of the convening include: The Philadelphia Foundation, WES Global Talent Bridge,
Prepay Nation, Jefferson Health, Logan Hotel, PIDC, and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.