Momentum in 2015 Propels Dayton Welcoming Efforts Forward in 2016
As Welcome Dayton charges ahead into 2016, we are proud to join the dozens of other cities across the country in setting the standard for welcoming foreign-born residents into our communities, economies and cultures.
In 2015, we have taken the lead on setting a local example while engaging in the national conversation. As just one example, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and five other mayors from key WE Global Network cities comprised a full one-third of the 18 mayors signing a letter to President Obama in September praising him for agreeing to accept Syrian refugees.
We have already continued this trend as our local leaders set the pace for Dayton in 2016. President Obama hosted over 250 bipartisan Mayors including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at the White House on January 21 during their annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. During their visit to the White House, the President thanked the Mayors for their steadfast partnerships over the past seven years and outlined the Administration’s priorities for cities across the country in the year ahead.