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The Office of International and Immigrant Affairs was created to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Aurora's civic, economic and cultural life. The office oversees the development and implementation of a strategic citywide plan that engages all departments of city government regarding policy, programs and initiatives toward the local immigrant and refugee populations. This office oversees the Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Aurora International Roundtable, Aurora Global Fest and the Aurora International Cabinet.

The Comprehensive Strategic Plan 2015-2018 establishes eight goals to be undertaken by the city related to successful integration, which maximize resources, develop innovative efforts, and avoid duplication of programs and services. Each goal is described and assigned a lead agency, proposed key partners for implementation, and activities to achieve the specific goal. Rather than a constellation of related and at times disparate activities, the comprehensive plan organizes the city's immigrant and refugee efforts toward one goal: integration.

As part of implementing this strategic plan, especially the goal area of integrating through economic and financial growth, the City of Aurora participates in the Wells Fargo/ U.S. Conference of Mayors CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program, which focuses on neighborhood stabilization, economic development, and job creation. In 2015, the City selected as its partner and nominee for this award Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS), an asset development program for refugees and immigrants, because of CEDS ability to help the City achieve citywide strategic goals.

 

Contact

City of Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs Ricardo Gambetta [email protected]
Aurora, CO
Website

Highlights

  • 8 organizations co-located at the Aurora Welcome Center to provide wraparound services for refugees and immigrants.
  • More than 7,000 people attended the 2016 Global Fest, the city's celebration of its immigrants and refugees.
  • Partnered with local nonprofits and churches to provide ESL and citizenship classes to over 600 students.