Chambers converge in St. Louis to highlight immigrant contributions

The New American Economy (NAE) and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) came to St. Louis on March 22-23, 2017 to learn from the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Mosaic Project, the International Institute of St. Louis and Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global). Included were 16 visiting chambers from Boston to Kansas City. WE Global members St. Louis, Cincinnati and (soon-to-be member) Des Moines attended, as well as chambers from others including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Arkansas.

Joe Reagan, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, startled people in their introduction as they laid out the gap between a national agenda that is slowing immigration juxtaposed with the fact that all of our regions need population and economic growth through immigration.

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