Immigration

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 →

Michigan's global economy

Politicians are apt to hold press conferences for projects that announce even a few hundred jobs. Can you imagine the headline for a government action that produced 15,000 jobs that paid salaries ranging from $60,000 to even $100,000? Research from the Partnership for a New American Economy—a collection of forward-thinking mayors and CEOs who embrace … 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 →