The Economic Impact of Immigration Reform: A Leadership Triangle Forum


Story Updated: Apr 30, 2013

The Economic Impact of Immigration Reform: A Leadership Triangle Forum

Leadership Triangle Presents a Business Perspective on Immigration

DURHAM, NC --- Leadership Triangle, an organization that has been developing leaders in the Triangle area with a regional perspective for over 20 years, is presenting a forum that discusses how immigration affects the local economy. Called The Economic Impact of Immigration, this Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the new Full Frame Theater and Boiler Room on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

In 2009, NC was home to over 650,000 immigrants from at least 75 countries making up about 7% of the state's population. Immigrant worker skills range from day laborers to new entrepreneurs to highly educated scientists and professionals. They impact all areas of the work force, performing jobs that are many Americans consider too dirty, dangerous or demeaning to filling positions requiring specialized skills that are difficult to staff from the local workforce.

The immigration discussion and debate can be viewed from many angles. Spanish-speaking immigrants represent over 50% of the NC immigrant population. Often, a discussion on immigration becomes a discussion on Hispanic population growth. Leadership Triangle intends to broaden the conversation beyond the Hispanic discussion while simultaneously narrowing the scope to immigration-related business challenges and opportunities.

At this Forum, Dr. Jim Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and national recognized demographer, will present a perspective on the economic impact of immigration. A panel of local business leaders will present first-hand perspectives on the impact of immigration on their businesses. Then, a moderated exchange between speakers and the audience will round out the evening.

The objective of The Economic Impact of Immigration: A Leadership Triangle Forum is to educate local entrepreneurs, business owners and business leaders on the economics of the immigration discussion and debate, and thereby, positively contribute to the immigration conversation in the Triangle NC area The evening with begin with a reception at 5:30. The Forum will begin at 6pm and will be followed by a reception with d'oeuvres and wine and beer.

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