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City of Brookhaven officially joins the Welcoming America Network

Post Date:10/11/2017 5:30 AM

“It is important that we embrace everyone in our diverse community,” said District 4 City Council Member Joe Gebbia at the October 10 City Council Meeting. “Becoming a ‘Welcoming City’ will give us the tools to foster engagement with all our residents as well as welcome newcomers to our great city.”

 In September, the Brookhaven City Council approved a resolution to apply for membership in Welcoming America, a nonprofit and nonpartisan national organization that connects nonprofits and local governments to help them build plans and policies that encourages newcomers and long-time residents to participate in social, civic and economic endeavors while highlighting the importance of being an inclusive city.

"We applaud Brookhaven’s City Council for their leadership in recognizing that their diverse population is a great asset, and for committing to work in partnership with the community to build a more inclusive and welcoming place for all,” said David Lubell, Executive Director, Welcoming America.

Welcoming America is a non-profit launched in 2009 and is headquartered in Decatur. More than 100 cities across the United States have joined this growing movement of welcoming communities, including the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, Clarkston and Norcross.