01 November 2007 | New Hazlett Theater | 6:30 p.m.
Immigration brings the kind of energy, diversity, entrepreneurship, creativity and of course, great food that make any highly diverse city an enviable place to live. More than that, in an increasingly global economy, international talent plays an especially important role.
Historically, Pittsburgh’s wealth and economy, like most other U.S. cities, was built with the help of a vast pool of immigrant workers. Now we rank 49 out of the top 50 metro areas in the U.S., in percentage of the population who are foreign born and have completed a college degree. Will we be left behind if we don’t? How do we jump-start it? Bring your ideas and join the discussion!
Our panel of both national and local experts includes Sunil Wadhwani, CEO and Co-Founder of iGATE Corporation (formerly Mastech) ; James P. Smith, who holds the chair in labor markets and demographic studies at Rand Corp; Philadelphia’s Councilman-at-large, Jim Kenney who has championed numerous issues affecting the entire city of Philadelphia; and the Pittsburgh Refugee Center’s Executive Director, Khadra Mohammed, a native of Somalia with over twenty years of experience working with refugee populations, both in the US and abroad.