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New Americans Reception

Do you know anyone who lives in the City of Bowling Green and has become a naturalized US Citizen between July 2016 and September 2017? If so, we would love recognize their outstanding accomplishment at our annual Reception for New Americans.

The City hosts the annual Reception for New Americans each September to recognize those individuals who have become naturalized US Citizens within the last year. Each New Citizen will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Bowling Green’s Mayor and be recognized individually by Bowling Green’s Mayor and City Commissioners at the event. Family and friends are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

Why promote citizenship? There are direct and indirect economic benefits to Naturalization. According to Cities for Citizenship report: “naturalization benefits local communities. When an individual becomes a citizen it raises the earning potential; much of the new earnings flow into local economies. Naturalization increases Local tax revenues and subsequently relieves local assistance programs. Naturalization initiatives connect immigrants to other city services and programs, fostering overall integration and creating an atmosphere of welcome and inclusion. When immigrants naturalize they make a permanent commitment to the community they live in. They more fully participate in democratic life. The result is stronger communities yielding benefits to all inside: employers, local government, and all residents.”

Newly naturalized citizens see a rise in income of 8-11% within three years of achieving citizenship status in the U.S. If eligible LPRs were to naturalize it could increase the U.S. economy from $37 billion to $52 billion within 10 years. (Cities for Citizenship, Citizenship: a Wise Investment for Cities, Summer 2014)

The average non-citizen in Kentucky earns $27,608 per year. If they naturalized, they could earn an average of $2,209 more per year. A $115.1 Million – aggregate additional earning if eligible non-citizens in Kentucky were naturalized. (New American Economy Contributions of New Americans in Kentucky, August 2016).

Promoting and pursuing citizenship is a win-win for all!

This year’s reception will take place Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center at 1021 Wilkinson Trace.

If you or someone you know would like to be recognized, please contact Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison at 270-393-3766 or Leyda.becker@bgky.org for more information. This event is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green and International Communities Advisory Council with collaboration from other community partners.

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