Governor Proclaims June as Immigrant
June 11, 2015 – Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed June as Immigrant Heritage Month to emphasize how generations of immigrants have built Michigan’s economy, and how Michigan is working to be more welcoming to people who come to our country, gain in-demand skills and want to stay.
“We are proud of the contributions immigrants over the years have made to our state’s cultural and economic vitality,” Snyder said. “They’ve founded companies and brands known around the world, creating jobs and strengthening our state. They also have created a rich cultural heritage that we always will celebrate.”
Snyder in 2014 established the Michigan Office for New Americans to help propel the state’s comeback by attracting and retaining immigrants, and promoting the skills, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities.
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MONA Director Bing Goei, himself an immigrant and entrepreneur, coordinates the state’s efforts to welcome immigrants and their entrepreneurship; leads efforts to encourage foreign students getting U.S. degrees to stay in Michigan, build companies here, and employ Michiganders; and, helps ensure that needed agricultural workers come to our state.
MONA also helps coordinate existing state agency services to immigrants and facilitates partnerships with non-profits, economic development organizations, universities and the private sector in the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life.
Goei said Immigrant Heritage Month is “a celebration of the on-going contributions that immigrants make toward the quality of life for all Michigan residents, such as businesses small and large, as well as rich cultural contributions including music, food, fashion and art.”
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