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Foreign-born entrepreneurs

February 2, 2009
Midwestern cities donâ??t attract a lot of immigrants, and Indianapolis is no exception.

The weather is uncomfortable and the region has a reputation for close-mindedness â?? not the kind of place where newcomers want to sink roots.

A recent blog post by a Federal Reserve official shows just how far short Indianapolis and other Midwestern cities fall when it comes to attracting new blood. In terms of foreign-born entrepreneurs, Indianapolis isnâ??t even seeing half the rate of activity enjoyed by the nation as a whole.

Considering immigrantsâ?? tendency to hustle for their piece of the American Dream, maybe thatâ??s part of the reason the Midwest is growing so slowly and in many locales dying.

How do you feel about Indianapolis? Is it welcoming to immigrants?
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