City of Toledo Celebrates Citizenship Day & National Welcoming Week, Highlights Findings from New NAE Cities Index on Immigrant Integration


The City of Toledo earned national distinction in immigrant integration in the areas of government leadership, community, and livability.

The City of Toledo celebrated Citizenship Day today and National Welcoming Week this week by announcing the findings of the first annual NAE Cities Index, a new national assessment of local integration policies and socioeconomic outcomes in the largest 100 American cities. The NAE Cities Index examines 31 different policies and practices, as well as 20 different socioeconomic outcomes, to assess cities on their work to integrate newcomers. Assessment categories included government leadership, economic empowerment, inclusivity, community, and legal support, as well as job opportunities, economic prosperity, livability, and civic participation.

Toledo received an NAE badge of distinction for its high performance (scoring a four or five out of five) in the following categories: government leadership (4/5), community (4/5), and livability (4/5). The city will focus on room for growth in the areas of inclusivity, legal support, and job opportunities.

“Toledo is a welcoming community and I want to thank the New American Economy for helping to identify how our city is doing and where we need to improve,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. “Toledo has done a lot to make sure all people are welcome. I also want to thank Welcome Toledo-Lucas County for helping us build a more welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse cultures.”

“Welcome Toledo-Lucas County is proud that our partners at the city of Toledo, with the mayor’s office and city representation on our steering committee, have earned national distinction in immigrant integration,” Mechelle Zarou, a partner at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, said.

“The city of Toledo and Lucas County are currently undergoing the certified welcoming process to meet national welcoming standards for equity and inclusion of immigrants and refugees,” said Reem Subei, an attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. “We are confident that by this time next year the City will have improved scores.”

Ms. Zarou and Ms. Subei are co-Chairs of the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County initiative – a cross-sector network advancing an inclusive and global community. Welcome TLC is housed in the Lucas County Board of Commissioners in partnership with LISC Toledo.

The Cities Index data showed:

Immigrants in the Toledo metropolitan area paid $181 million in taxes in 2014.
There were 1,508 immigrant entrepreneurs in 2014.
Immigrants in the metropolitan area were more likely to be working-age — 67.2 percent of immigrants were working age compared to just 50.8 percent of the U.S.-born.
For more information on the NAE Cities Index, visit  

For more information on National Welcoming Week including local Toledo area events, visit and on Certified Welcoming, visit


For more information on Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), visit and