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1 S T. L OUIS M OSAIC P ROJECT R EGIONAL P ROSPERITY THROUGH I MMIGRATION AND I NNOVATION Betsy Cohen Project Director World Trade Center, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

2 #STLMosaic Our Mission To be the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan area for immigration by 2020

3 #STLMosaic Background November 2011 – Identified as 2012 Strategic Priority by St. Louis County Economic Council January 2012 – The William T. Kemper Foundation agreed to fund study June 2012 – “The Economic Impact of Immigration on St. Louis” by Dr. Jack Strauss, Saint Louis University

4 #STLMosaic Key Findings of 2012 Study th largest city th largest city th in # of foreign born rd in # of foreign born St. Louis has the lowest immigration share of a top 20 city, and 2 nd slowest population growth. Other metros in the top 20 averaged 40% faster economic growth over the past decade. Source: Jack Strauss PhD, Saint Louis University

5 #STLMosaic Key Findings of 2012 Study St. Louis foreign-born community is highly educated with predominantly white collar jobs. 25% Earns 25% more than average American born. more likely to be high-skilled3x 44% more likely to have at least a college education 130% more likely to have an advanced degree 60% more likely to be entrepreneurs Source: Jack Strauss PhD, Saint Louis University

6 #STLMosaic Denny Coleman (co-chair) St. Louis Economic Dev. Partnership Rodney Crim (co-chair) St. Louis Economic Dev. Partnership Joe Reagan (co-chair) St. Louis Regional Chamber Debbie Barron Danforth Plant Science Center James H. Buford Civic Volunteer Melissa Harper Monsanto Company Anna Crosslin International Institute of St. Louis Bob Fox Casa de Salud Dr. Joel Glassman UMSL Anthony Gonzalez-Angel Gonzales Companies, LLC Michael Holmes Rx Outreach Tom Irwin (advisor) Civic Progress Dee Joyner (advisor) Commerce Bank Dr. Edward S. Macias Washington University in St. Louis John Nations Metro Bi-State Kathy Osborn Regional Business Council Jim Pennekamp University Park SIUE, Inc Doug Rau Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Kathleen Ratcliffe St. Louis CVC Vince Schoemehl Grand Center, Inc. Dr. Julian Schuster Webster University Peter Tao TAO+LEE Steering Committee Tim Nowak (Advisor WTC) Betsy Cohen Project Director Tim Nowak (Advisor WTC) Betsy Cohen Project Director

7 #STLMosaic Goal: St. Louis 2020 – Fastest Growing U.S. Metro Area for Immigration Communications- K. Ratcliffe Marketing strategies to reinforce a community (and state) wide culture of inclusion University Engagement- J. Glass and J. Schuster Attract and support international students for earlier and deeper integration in the community Analysis-B. Fox Comprehensive internal gap analysis and external best practices assessment Business & Government Affairs- V. Schoemehl Engage business and local, state and federal government leaders to develop concrete solutions Infrastructure- A. Crosslin Reinforce a St. Louis advantage by developing ideal services. Supporters & Volunteers Wider local input encouraged through a broad base and inclusive group of advocates Mosaic Ambassadors! Supporters & Volunteers Wider local input encouraged through a broad base and inclusive group of advocates Mosaic Ambassadors!

8 #STLMosaic Committee Principles Economic imperative for St. Louis Immigration system must be streamlined and visa availability expanded Border security and rule of law Special initiatives to welcome and integrate newcomers to our region

9 #STLMosaic Analysis Comprehensive internal gap analysis and external best practices assessment June 2013 New Study: “St. Louis Immigration Recommendations: How to Jump-Start Growth” by Dr. Jack Strauss, St. Louis University

10 #STLMosaic Key Findings 2013 Study- STL Resources St. Louis region was compared to 10 similar regions – Kansas City, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Indianapolis St. Louis organizations providing services to immigrants are fractionalized and uncoordinated compared to other regions Individual universities assist their international students, but the region does not provide coordinated community services Business community is not fully linked to the international community Immigrant population is not fully linked to religious organizations

11 #STLMosaic Key Findings of 2013 Study- Best Practices Some benchmark cities engage immigrants, especially high skilled, with more community services such as re-credentialing and business English Some, like Indianapolis, engage trained local ambassadors called “native helpers” with immigrants Some regions have staff within local government dedicated to immigrant needs

12 #STLMosaic Study Recommendations for St. Louis Region Coordination, Communication, Assessment Launch a Welcoming Center Create online ethnic communities Promote Policies through Political Leadership Engage Business Community Connect to Local Community Include International Students Communicate with MO, IL and DC legislators Open up to new ideas

13 #STLMosaic Government Outreach Engage local, regional, federal government leaders to reduce hiring barriers November 2012 – Missouri State Senate Blue Ribbon Panel on immigration Feb 2013 – Delegation and Forum in Washington, D.C. to release Midwest Call to Action on Immigration Reform June Detroit Midwest Cities Conference New: Build on local, Midwest and national dialogues for immigration reform New: Work bi-state to improve professional recertification in health care and engineering Scott Air Force Base

14 #STLMosaic Business Outreach Engage business leaders to develop hiring solutions for skilled foreign talent Connections with local large and small companies-2012 Understanding of issues/barriers to hiring foreign candidates and STEM international students-2013 Support Washington University Olin Business School workshop 7/18 “Leveraging Global Talent” and next New: Regional Chamber’s Diversity Partnership Fellows leadership program to track/increase foreign born in next class New: Focus St. Louis to increase programming on Immigration Work with Monsanto as they add a facility

15 #STLMosaic Infrastructure Reinforce a St. Louis regional advantage by developing ideal services: legal, housing, health, finance, safety Review of support services for immigrants-2012 Presentations from Regional Health Commission 2013 Meetings with City/County Health Departments-2013 New: Work with health and social groups that service immigrants, including new groups like STL Transplants and the Behavioral Health Network Career Pathing in Health Care and Engineering

16 #STLMosaic University Engagement Attract and support international students for earlier and deeper integration in St. Louis community Meetings with over 20 company hiring executives and university leaders to discuss international aspects New: Fall 2013: Bring together staff of 5+ universities to determine new ways to support international students New: Regional Business Council to pilot mentoring for 11/140 designated STEM international students within their Young Professional Network Program University assessment of Information Systems graduates for international and who gets jobs

17 #STLMosaic Communications Develop marketing strategies to reinforce culture of inclusion and to dispel myths about immigration New: Launch of St. Louis Mosaic Project with signage/awareness throughout region in next 12 months New: Website with links for 10 nationalities New: Enroll 250 Mosaic Ambassadors to be welcoming- Opportunity in Southern Illinois? -Fall 2013

18 #STLMosaic Mosaic Ambassador Role Take the key messages of the St. Louis Mosaic Project to the broader community, both the native born and the foreign born Model behavior that is welcoming and inclusive to those who were born outside of the US Support the local organizations who do work to educate and elevate the skills of immigrants Make connections among international students, St. Louis regional businesses, global companies desiring to do business in the St. Louis region, universities, governmental and social agencies

19 #STLMosaic Mosaic Ambassador As a Mosaic Ambassador you agree to do the following actions in 2014: 1.Distribute the St. Louis Mosaic Project brochure/poster 2.Visit three restaurants, from among Bosnian, Hispanic, Asian, African, Russian and more. 3.Make a donation of at least $10 to an organization that serves immigrants (suggestions provided) 4.Invite someone born outside of the U.S. that you know to your home for dinner or out for coffee 5.To be available 3 times in 2014 to share your country knowledge and St. Louis regional experience with a person or business organization 6.Visit the International Institute on their monthly open tour

20 #STLMosaic Key Initiatives- How you can help Welcoming Connection: regional Mosaic Ambassadors: People to help connect personally and professionally-regional Professional Connectors: Help college educated foreign born connect for careers Businesses: Global Talent and visa training Career Paths in Engineering and Health Care Universities: Retaining Students Entrepreneurship linkage: regional Key people to involve from your organizations?

21 #STLMosaic Regional Prosperity Through Immigration and Innovation Now is the time for action! Betsy Cohen LinkedIn St. Louis Mosaic Project


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