What is Welcoming Roanoke?

Roanoke is among 13 communities selected by New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America to receive awards through the Gateways for Growth Challenge. As part of this award, Roanoke is receiving support to create the Welcoming Roanoke Plan, which will serve as the City’s multi-sector strategic plan for integration that highlights and enhances the economic contributions immigrants make to the community.

Ways to get involved:

During the summer of 2019, we’re looking to collaborate with community members to identify ways to make Roanoke a more welcoming and inclusive community. We want to hear from as many community members as possible.

1. Fill out the survey

Please help by filling out this short online survey:

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2. Sign up for a Working Group

Participate in a working group to help shape the priorities and policies for Welcoming Roanoke.

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Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that proudly supports the many diverse communities and partners who are leading efforts to make their communities more vibrant places for all. Welcoming America connects leaders in community, government, and nonprofit sectors through an international support network.

Roanoke is part of the 55+ cities and counties across the United States that are part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative with the goal to create more inclusive and immigrant-friendly communities, maximize opportunities for economic growth, and position themselves as competitive in the global economy.

Learn more at WelcomingAmerica.org.

New American Economy

New American Economy (NAE) is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. NAE does this through research, grassroots efforts, partnerships with state and local leaders, and highlighting immigrant contributions to American culture.

How our partners help

NAE and Welcoming America selected thirteen communities from a competitive application process to receive awards through Round III of the Gateways for Growth Challenge. The awards include research, technical assistance, and/or matching grant support to help develop multi-sector strategic plans for immigrant integration. These plans, which combine the leadership of government, business, faith, and civil society organizations, will highlight and enhance the economic contributions immigrants make to communities around the country.

As a recipient of one of these awards, Roanoke is receiving technical assistance from NAE and Welcoming America to create the Welcoming Roanoke plan. Visit NewAmericanEconomy.org to learn more and read NAE’s report on New Americans in Roanoke.

Local Partners

To help create the Welcoming Roanoke plan, the City is relying on local partners to reach out to local immigrant and hard-to-reach populations. These partners include:

  • Local Colors
  • Blue Ridge Literacy
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • Refugee Dialogue Committee

If you or your organization would like to assist with outreach please contact:

Wayne Leftwich, Senior City Planner
City of Roanoke, VA
540-853-1104
wayne.leftwich@roanokeva.gov

New Americans in Roanoke

New research from New American Economy shows that immigrant households in Roanoke, VA earned nearly $304 million and contributed over $75 million in taxes in 2017. The report was produced in partnership with the City of Roanoke and Local Colors, a non-profit that celebrates the city’s diversity.

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If you’d like more information, please contact:

Wayne Leftwich, Senior City Planner
City of Roanoke, VA
540-853-1104
wayne.leftwich@roanokeva.gov

Welcoming Roanoke

Share your ideas to help make Roanoke a more welcoming and inclusive community.

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What do you think about Roanoke’s future?

The Comprehensive Plan survey is currently open! Please take a minute to fill it out and tell us what you think.

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