DES MOINES, Iowa — City leaders unveiled a strategy to help bring more immigrants to the city Wednesday as they say global talent is a key component of Des Moines’ workforce.
The plan includes creating a welcoming center and providing better resources to foreign businesses.
Leaders say it’s time to stop thinking of immigration as a political issue, and instead, an opportunity.
“40% of Fortune 500 companies are owned by immigrants or their children and that manifests in Iowa with Casey’s General Stores whose CEO is a child of an immigrant. Iowa has a significant tie to these national trends of immigration.”
Leaders say immigrants represent about $4 billion worth of earned income in Iowa.