PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some 350 representatives from cities and economic groups in 10 states are converging on Philadelphia for the Welcoming Economies Global Network meeting in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The convention runs Thursday and Friday and will highlight efforts to embrace immigrants and integrate them into the local and regional economy.READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
Steve Tobocman, is from Detroit and a co-chair and founder of the forum. He says groups from 20 communities are gathering for the event.READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
“Chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, independent nonprofits like the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Global Detroit, city government and others who lead initiatives in their own local communities on how to work with immigrants to rebuild neighborhoods, to create economic growth, create new businesses, fill unmet talent positions in the private sector.”MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
Tobocman says immigrants continue to play an important role in Philadelphia’s rebirth.