Global Detroit

WE Global – Leading Rust Belt Immigrant Innovation

Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Equity. Inclusion. Global cities. Future cities. Forward cities. Growth. Revitalization. Diversity. These are the buzzwords of today’s new economy, social innovation, and urban policy thinkers. Today, Rust Belt cities are quietly re-inventing themselves in ways that national media—as well as new economy, social innovation, and urban policy leaders—have largely missed. Last week, the … Continue Reading →

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

New Research Documents Immigrant Contributions to Michigan’s Largest Companies. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Global Detroit, the nonprofit that I run, joined other immigrant economic development initiatives across the Rust Belt to celebrate this event. Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort coordinated by Welcome.us to honor our shared American heritage. Global Detroit chose … Continue Reading →

Detroit needs more immigrants

Every year when I celebrate the 4th of July, I pause to reflect upon my grandfather, Morris Tobocman, who came to the United States in the early 20th Century. He came for opportunity and for freedom.  As a Jew in Eastern Europe he had little formal education and little economic opportunity.  He saw America as … Continue Reading →