• Self-Taught Immigrant and Accountant Has Long Considered Fort Wayne Home

    2 monthes ago - By Renew our Economy

    Ning Sanderson grew up in small town in Thailand, hours from her single mother, who worked in Bangkok for the hospitality sector. Then, when she was 13, her mom married an American civil engineer, and the family moved to Saudi Arabia for his job. Since their new Saudi town lacked a high school, Sanderson moved again. At 16, she arrived alone in Fort Wayne to live with her stepdad's sister. “I was on my own since I was little,” she says. “That's what made me such a strong person. I learned determination to get things done.”
    In Fort Wayne, Sanderson adapted quickly. She learned English...
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  • Polish Immigrant Gives Back to Community that Welcomed Her

    2 monthes ago - By Renew our Economy

    By the time she moved to Fort Wayne in 1998, Polish native Ewelina Connolly had already visited the city several times with the dance troupe in which she performed. On one of these trips, she fell in love with an American. But when they decided to marry, Connolly faced a difficult transition. She spoke little English, and while her immigration paperwork was processed, she wasn't legally allowed to drive or work. “In my own country, I was considered an accomplished individual-a college graduate,” she says. “Here, I was nobody. You feel like a child who has to learn to walk and talk. That's...
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  • Immigrants Were Responsible for One-Quarter of Population Growth in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana between 2011 and 2016

    2 monthes ago - By Renew our Economy

    FORT WAYNE, IN - Immigrants in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana accounted for 24.7 percent of overall population growth in the region between 2011 and 2016 according to a new report by New American Economy , in partnership with Welcoming Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County. The report was launched today with a coordinated news release.
    In addition to their financial contributions, the new report shows the role that the immigrant population in Northeast Indiana plays in the regional labor force, as well as their...
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