Attracting and retaining immigrants important to growth of region

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Conference held on immigrant-related
economic development initiatives

Immigration, defined as the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country has been a part of America since the 1600s. And according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto immigration has played a major role in the development of the Allegheny County and Pittsburgh region.

“This city was built on the shoulders of immigrants as well as other rust belt cities like Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit,” Peduto said.

The stance of the region’s leaders is that it is necessary for Allegheny County and Pittsburgh to be welcoming to all. The future is about bringing people to the area to succeed, they said.  In Fitzgerald’s opinion everyone’s talent is compulsory to move the region forward.

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