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Upcoming Events

Thu, April 30, 2015 12:00 PM • CIEE, 300 Fore St., Portland, 2nd floor training room
Tue, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM • Portland
Tue, May 12, 2015 10:00 AM • Bam Bam Bakery, 267 Commercial Street, Portland
Wed, May 27, 2015 12:00 PM • CIEE, 300 Fore St., Portland, 2nd floor training room
A Community Dialogue on Economic Opportunity and Integration

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine

in special partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition


We are excited to announce an upcoming series on a critically important issue globally and locally - immigration and its potential for very positive impacts on the Greater Portland region, particularly on the economy.  This project, Celebrating Immigration, will undertake a community dialogue through a series of event between January and June 2015. Involving many sectors in the community dialogue, including our members, immigrant groups, government, nonprofit, business, labor, faith, and philanthropy, we will examine barriers to economic opportunity and best strategies and approaches to fully integrate immigrants into the regional economy.
Please join us for this important dialogue!

Launching a Community Dialogue on Immigrant Economic Opportunity and Integration 

January 13, 4-6:30pm / Hannaford Hall, USM Portland 
Opening forum on the theme of "Celebrating Immigration" and strategic economic opportunities presented by immigration. Featuring keynotes and responses by community leaders, discussion, and refreshments.  Learn more here.

Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Business Success 

February 25, 4-6:30pm / Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library
Panel discussion and dialogue on immigrant small businesses and entrepreneurs as a key component of our region's economy, the challenges faced and opportunities for economic impact.  Learn more here.

Immigrant Economic Integration 

March 18, 7-9:00am / Holiday Inn by the Bay
Building on the previous two programs and calls to action from sector leaders, small groups will discuss solutions in the areas of business leadership, government leadership, education leadership, and workforce development.  Learn more here.

Immigrants and the Creative Economy 

May 1, 3-8:00pm / Portland Public Library and Congress Square Arts District
Planned in partnership with Creative Portland, this program will look at the arts community as an economic sector leader for developing strategies for integrating immigrants into our regional economy. An afternoon workshop will be followed by a First Friday celebration of cultural diversity. Register here.

Adopting an Immigrant Economic Opportunity Agenda & Final Celebration 

June 8, 5-7:30pm / Ocean Gateway
A final celebratory event featuring presentation of an Immigration Economic Opportunity Agenda for Greater Portland and a social event that "celebrates immigration."  Register here.

The World Affairs Council of Maine in the News

* Bangor Daily News: Former Maine AG Makes Case for Immigration. January 14, 2015, by Seth Koenig. Read it here.
* Portland Press Herald's On the Move: WACM Board and officer elections for 2014-2015

* Listen to Ambassador Nicholas Burns' talk at our 2014 Annual Meeting, on Foreign Policy Challenges, as broadcast on MPBN's Speaking in Maine program. Click here.
* Letter to the editor: Maine Model United Nations, PPH May 27, 2014. Read it here.
* Watch a video of the keynote address by Dr. Edwin Gragert at the Maine Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, filmed by CTN5 on April 11, 2014.  Click here for the video.

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