Steve Tobocman http://michiganradio.org en One possible solution for Detroit: attract more immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/one-possible-solution-detroit-attract-more-immigrants <p>When you consider all of the possible "fixes" being discussed for struggling big cities like Detroit, there is an idea being offered up that has truly stood the test of time: attract more immigrants.</p><p>It's the way cities have been built all through American history. Open the doors to people who are hungry for new opportunities, for a new life, and watch them pour their energies into building new businesses, improving their homes and neighborhoods, attracting more new residents as family members follow from the Old Country.</p><p>But immigrants are not coming to Detroit, and that is something Steve Tobocman hopes to change.</p><p>He is the director of Global Detroit. So far, they've launched over a half dozen distinct initiatives to make Southeast Michigan---and Detroit---more welcoming to immigrants.</p><p>Steve Tobocman joined us today to talk about the program.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:39:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13939 at http://michiganradio.org One possible solution for Detroit: attract more immigrants Grant backs "micro-enterprise" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/grant-backs-micro-enterprise-detroit <p>Some small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Detroit could get a boost from a<a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120318/SUB01/303189992/-2-4m-backs-initiative-to-provide-biz-training-for-3-detroit#"> $2.4 million Kellogg Foundation grant.</a></p><p>The grant will help establish the Global Detroit Neighborhood Development Collaborative, a micro-enterprise lending and training programs in three city neighborhoods for three years.</p><p>Former Detroit State Representative Steve Tobocman runs the larger Global Detroit initiative, which will oversee the program.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:19:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6700 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder, other leaders want a more immigrant-friendly Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-other-leaders-want-more-immigrant-friendly-michigan <pre> Governor Snyder and other leaders talked immigration and Michigan&rsquo;s economic future at a <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110718/METRO/107180376/1409/Snyder-touts-benefits-of-immigration-at-WSU-conference">conference in Detroit.</a> </pre> <pre> Organizers say they want to change the conversation about immigrants and the economy. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:24:08 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3364 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder, other leaders want a more immigrant-friendly Michigan