Great article on new discussion in old, industrial, depopulating cities --- how to leverage immigration as a tool for growth and prosperity for all?
Here's an exceprt of "St. Louis Needs to Embrace Immigration":
For one thing, St. Louisans aren't very entrepreneurial. We consistently rank low on measures of business startup activity.
"For another, immigrants are rare here. Just 4 percent of the metro area's residents are foreign-born, well below the national average of 12.5 percent.
The two shortfalls, in immigration and in entrepreneurial spirit, are related. Various studies show that immigrants are far more likely to start businesses than are native-born Americans. Up to half of the technology firms in Silicon Valley, including Google and Yahoo, were founded or co-founded by immigrants.
If St. Louis wants to have a more vibrant economy, then, one item on our to-do list is obvious:
We must find a way to attract more immigrants."