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Syracuse was named one of 20 finalists in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge contest. The group recognizes ideas that make cities more efficient and improve customer service, as well as address social and economic problems. More than 300 cities submitted applications to compete for a $5 million grand prize.

Syracuse wants to capitalize on its immigrant population. A press release issued by Mayor Stephanie Miner described the proposed project:

Syracuse was selected based on its innovative idea to create The Syracuse International Village: a one-of-a-kind International Village and World Market in the city of Syracuse that links refugee resettlement services and creates pathways to economic opportunity for refugees and new Americans. By linking and unifying various refugee and immigrant support services, and creating a world marketplace for small business training and incubation for these populations, Syracuse will foster one of the most robust and creative communities for new Americans in our nation.

Syracuse now joins other cities capitalizing on their immigrant populations. They’re wooing immigrants because they can help reverse population decline. Studies show an influx of immigrants to a community can raise property values and decrease crime. They can also strengthen economies.

Monroe County has more than 60,000 foreign-born residents – 8.4 percent of the population.

Here are the other ideas to improve cities, taken from the Bloomberg Philanthropies press release:

Boston, MA: Accelerating student achievement by empowering parents to manage and share information more easily with educators and entrepreneurs, spurring the creation of the next generation of educational tools

Chicago, IL: Building the first open-source analytics platform that identifies real-time patterns for city agencies—allowing decision makers to anticipate problems and craft solutions

Cincinnati, OH: Reducing infant deaths through an intervention that reaches 100% of new mothers

Durham, NC: Creating entrepreneurship hubs in three distressed neighborhoods to generate new solutions and partnerships to strengthen communities

High Point, NC: Adapting evidence-based CeaseFire approach to gang violence to domestic violence reduction

Hillsboro, OR: Integrating public and private suburban transportation options to provide greater choice and access and create a more sustainable community

Houston, TX: Tapping game-changing technology for new “one bin for all” plan that makes recycling easier and captures 75% of all waste

Indianapolis, IN: Ensuring access to a research-based, top-tier education for every child in the city, by creating 30,000 high-quality seats through charter and district partnerships

Knoxville, TN: Eliminating food deserts through a comprehensive local food system that addresses land, farming jobs, processing, transit, sale, and composting

Lafayette, LA: Encouraging community-wide gaming for social good

Lexington, KY: Building a new citizen engagement platform focused on civic problem solving

Milwaukee, WI: Transforming foreclosed properties into community assets that improve public health and spark economic opportunity

Philadelphia, PA: Reimagining the RFP process to better enable civic entrepreneurs to solve city problems

Phoenix, AZ: Customizing smart-energy districts in 15 urban neighborhoods in Phoenix to become “smartest energy city in the world”

Providence, RI: Closing word deficit of children born into low-income households through home visitations and increased vocabulary exposure

Saint Paul, MN: Streamlining online permitting process for residents, developers, and businesses inspired by personal tax preparation software

San Francisco, CA: Promoting workforce development and experience-based training through opportunities to volunteer on city projects

Santa Monica, CA: Becoming first U.S. city to establish a wellbeing index to spur improvements for the entire city

Springfield, OR: Revolutionizing EMS through mobile primary care delivery units

8 Responses to Syracuse Loves Immigrants

  1. Utica is another city that’s really benefited from immigration.

    • April 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm Jason responds:

      Sure, I know a few people who lost jobs because of immigration. The government pays businesses, or subsidizes the pay, to hire immigrants. The business gets a break because the government pays half the salary. But we as tax payers then pay the poor slobs unemployment who was fired so they could hire an immigrant, and the 1/2 salary of the non-american job taker. I will no longer support any organization or church that takes jobs from Americans. Most of these immigrantes are the ones who fight to “change” america from what it was. Good Goal…your blinded by your faith. God didn’t tell you to be stupid!

  2. I will admit that I do not understand how encouraging immigration into your community actually benefits the community. What are the benefits? Do these immigrants bring value with them? It would appear to me, without knowing any details, that immigrants require social safety nets that are tax dollar funded. Surely this benefits people that have jobs dependent on having other people in need of services. Is this what is considered a benefit to the community? Is it the influx of Federal grants and aid that these communities consider to be a benefit? Someone please enlighten me.

  3. Immigrants are people and they are what a vibrant community needs. They also bring different work skills and habits into a neighborhood. This whole country is based on immigration. What is the shock in that? Syracuse has been better in resettling refugees and providing a better place to live than Rochester has. They attend college and bring in a more educated workforce eventually.

  4. November 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm Orielly responds:

    Some immigrants MAY attend college. NOT ALL. If you think all immigrants are good move to Arizona stay a few nights on the border and tell us again about that.

    I oppose non US citizens attending our Colleges while “OUR” colleges reject US students and PROFS. IF you think thats a rejection of “diversity” your correct. If you think “diversity” works go into any college cafeteria and see the races and nationalities and how they “mingle” on their own time.

    This reminds me of the Catholic Church, who pride themselves on spending the “church’s” money on non catholics while forgetting those who they are supposed to administer religion to.

    Less than 10% of the ROCH area is Jewish yet they have a wonderful JCC for their seniors, Teens, families and pre schoolers. They welcome others as well. My hat is off to them.

    IN the Roch. area close to 50% are catholic. Yet no common center, not one. The JCC as a wonderful indoor and outdoor pool complex’s. The catholics with 4 High Schools … no pools.

    I think they call that concept taking care of your own first. Just like you do with your family. Seems our country and catholics miss the concept quite often.

  5. This is a country of immigrants and I’m sure your family were too. No not all Americans go to college but some do. Its very nice that the Catholic church helps others who aren’t Catholic and thar the JCC has nice facilities I am welcome to use too. I believe that when people who help others no matter if they are in their family or not or in their ethnic group, they are more generous and caring in general and don’t have to feel strong negative feelings about others. I know an immigrant man who became an American a couple of years ago and while he had registered to vote, he lied about going the first year he could because he feared being rejected at the polls. So last year I took him over to his poling place, showed him how to do it and he was so happy. This year he called me several times yesterday to take him again. Apparently I was late getting to him today and he went all by himself. He was so proud then he insisted he go with me to pick up his young adult daughter to take her to the polls. He couldn’t stop talking about how happy he was. He is not my family, my religion or my ethnic group but I felt I did something really well today. And that myth about the lunch room is an easy one to break. I’m not about to reinforce a silly stereotype that isn’t true.

    • I suggest then you follow your own edicts and spend all your money helping others while not addressing the needs of your own family. You will be viewed as “more generous”, and what a hero you will be.

      Any argument can be counterpointed, but go into any University center or cafeteria and see the races mingling only with like kind for the most part. Then debate the point that in your eyes don’t see what they witnessed.

      Don’t you just hate it when human behavior negates liberal concepts? After all its just a “silly stereotype”.. that only your eyes would say is true. You just need to open them.

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