Creating a Welcoming City
The Welcoming Charlotte Partnership aims to will follow the guidance of the Immigrant Integration Task Force to make Charlotte more prosperous, safer, more inclusive and stronger – improving the quality of life for all.
On June 15, 2016, Mayor Roberts launched the Welcoming Charlotte Partnership, a sub-committee of the Charlotte International Cabinet. This partnership will continue the work started by the Immigrant Integration Task Force. This launch followed a presentation made to City Council by the Immigrant Integration Implementation Team, a group of City employees assigned to assess the Task Force's recommended strategies.
History of the Immigrant Integration Task Force
On November 25th, 2013 former Mayor Patsy Kinsey committed the City of Charlotte to joining Welcoming America's Welcoming Cities and Counties program. As part of Welcoming America's network, the City become part of a large network of cities across the globe that committed to transform their communities into a more welcoming place for all people, including immigrants. The same day, Charlotte City Council adopted a resolution to create an inter-agency Immigrant Integration Task Force to maximize immigrants' economic and civic contributions to the City of Charlotte.
In 2014, the 29-member task force reviewed the 2007 Mayor's Immigration Study Commission report; researched and recommended policies that facilitate access to city services for all residents of Charlotte, while addressing gaps in civic engagement; prepared a report with recommendations to the City Council that promotes awareness among the public of the availability of existing programs and services facilitating immigrant integration; and sought opportunities to better educate the Charlotte community on how embracing immigrant communities will help move the city forward.
In 2015, The City of Charlotte joined the White House Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.