Akron: U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Mayor Horrigans Resolution to Boost Skilled Immigration and Welcome Immigrant Entrepreneurs
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~ Today, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a bipartisan resolution sponsored by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and other mayors from across the country calling for the creation of a "Heartland Visa" to help reinvigorate communities and boost local economies nationwide by attracting more skilled immigrants and immigrant founders.

Mayor Horrigan stated, "Immigrants have long been a key part of the fabric of Akron's economy, but federal immigration policy is falling short when it comes to communities like ours. Mayors are united in their desire for Congress to do more to help attract talented and entrepreneurial immigrants to welcoming communities across the country like Akron, where they strengthen our local economy and help to generate opportunity for our residents."

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Highly skilled immigrants contribute to the local tax base, start new businesses, and create jobs for local residents—all of which are crucial to communities in need of economic revitalization. A Heartland Visa program would help a wider array of cities attract skilled immigrants to boost economic development, strengthen their workforce, and fuel local innovation and entrepreneurship.

Immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the Ohio economy each year and fill critical jobs in industries such as health care and manufacturing. The resolution passed by the US Conference of Mayors seeks to address this issue by creating a Heartland Visa program that would allow more cities across the country access to these highly skilled immigrants.

For further information on this resolution or its implications for Ohio's economy, contact Stephanie Marsh at 330-375-2754 or via email.

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