New plan to welcome immigrants to Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa is unveiling a new plan to welcome immigrants to the area.

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the meeting to unveil the plan and what it entails Thursday morning at the Martin Regional Library.

"Join the City of Tulsa as we build a resilient and welcoming city that embraces immigrants and fosters opportunity for all. The Mayor's New Tulsans Initiative seeks to offer pathways for socially responsible immigrant integration and to foster connections between immigrants and long-term Tulsans." - City of Tulsa

Bynum launched the New Tulsans Initiative last year and announced the city would be a part of the nationwide Gateways For Growth Challenge.

Tulsa is one of 25 communities chosen for the challenge.

Immigrants accounted for 27.9 percent of overall population growth in the Tulsa area between 2010 and 2015, according to the New American Economy report released in partnership with the city of Tulsa and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

The new plan unveiled Thursday is meant to be a roadmap to build a more equal city for new Tulsans and long-term residents.

The City of Tulsa released details on the multi-step plan:

The New Tulsans Welcoming Plan is organized into five categories that are critical to building a welcoming Tulsa: Civic Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Public Safety. Each of these categories offer a vision, goals and actions that offer ways on how Tulsa can:

  • Increase community capacity, including strategically aligning current programs, learning from local data, offering professional development and cultural competency as well as opportunities for increased connectivity between native born and immigrant Tulsans
  • Provide information and education for both immigrant and native Tulsans that allow them to better navigate and lead in local social and economic systems
  • Improve quantity and the quality of services for both immigrant and native-born Tulsans for improved overall well-being

FOX23 was LIVE on Facebook during the unveiling:

New Tulsans Initiative

The City of Tulsa is unveiling a new plan to better welcome immigrants in Tulsa as a part of the New Tulsans Initiative and the Gateways For Growth Challenge. MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2OF0da5

Posted by FOX23 News on Thursday, September 20, 2018

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