Planning for Diverse Cites: Chicago introduces a New Americans Plan
A message from Chicago’s Mayor:
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In July 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the Office of New Americans and set the aspiration for Chicago to become the world’s most immigrant-friendly city. Just months later, the Mayor convened an advisory committee comprised of 50 leaders representing Chicago’s business, academic, civic and philanthropic communities. The goal of the advisory committee was to identify challenges unique to immigrants, recommend initiatives to be implemented over the next three years, and develop detailed
implementation plans for the Office of New Americans and its partners.
The Chicago New Americans Plan outlines a set of initiatives to welcome immigrants and maximize the contribution they make to our city. Improving the ability of Chicago’s 560,000 foreign-born residents to augment our economy will lead to economic, social and cultural benefits for all Chicagoans.