In the fall of 2020 the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, with support from the City of Minneapolis, applied for and was awarded the Gateways for Growth Challenge grant, making us one of only 19 communities chosen for this opportunity. The Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for localities to receive research support and/or technical assistance from New American Economy and Welcoming America to improve immigrant inclusion in their communities. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber was awarded research report as well as direct technical assistance, allowing us to work with community stakeholders to develop a multi-sector strategic plan to improve immigrant and refugee inclusion in the City of Minneapolis.
Our state’s character is inseparable from the story of immigration, and we know immigration is a cornerstone of Minneapolis’ economic competitiveness. We also know that there is much more work to be done to ensure immigrants, refugees and New Americans actually have the resources they need to succeed. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is honored to play a leading role in this important work.