GOVERNOR SNYDER PROCLAIMS JUNE AS IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH; CELEBRATING IMMIGRANTS’ CONTRIBUTION TO STATE’S ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL VITALITY
Lansing- Gov. Rick Snyder today proclaimed June as Immigrant Heritage Month to recognize generations of immigrants in Michigan for their economic, social and cultural contributions, and to emphasize that as a welcoming state, we embrace people from around the globe who want to make Michigan their home to work, start new businesses, gain new skills, and contribute to our economy.
“Attracting and retaining immigrants with diverse talents and ideas is a key driver of economic growth,” said Snyder. “Michigan continues to welcome immigrants and celebrate their contributions toward making life in our great state culturally richer.”
Snyder established the Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA) in 2014 to help grow Michigan’s economy by retaining and attracting global talent to our state, promote the skills, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities, and to create a more welcoming culture within the state of Michigan.
MONA Director Bing Goei, himself an immigrant and entrepreneur, coordinates the,Bing Goel state’s efforts to welcome immigrants and their entrepreneurship; leads efforts to encourage foreign students getting U.S. degrees to stay in Michigan, build companies here, and employ Michiganders; and, helps ensure that needed agricultural workers come to our state.
MONA helps coordinate existing state agency services to immigrants and facilitates partnerships with non-profits, economic development organizations, universities and the private sector in the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life. MONA also offers the Michigan International Talent Solutions (MITS) program, a free job search training and coaching program designed to support highly skilled immigrants in Michigan return to their professional field.
Goei said Immigrant Heritage Month is “a celebration of the ongoing contributions that immigrants make toward the quality of life for all Michigan residents, such as businesses small and large, as well as rich cultural contributions including music, food, fashion and art.”