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Immigration symposium planned at Godfrey campus

GODFREY — An Immigration Symposium, sponsored by RiverBend Growth Association and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, will be held Tuesday, May 13.

The event focuses on recent conversations regarding the region’s growth and how it is being impeded by lack of immigrant population.

Growing immigrant population, some say, can raise wages, lower unemployment, increase new business starts and boost real estate values.

The event will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Community College Faculty Dining Room in Reid Hall.

Emcee will be Monica Bristow, president of the Growth Association.

Participants will include Betsy Cohen, executive director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project; Anna Crosslin of the International Institute of St. Louis; and Jim Pennekamp, special assistant to the chancellor for Regional Economic Development at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Register in advance by contacting Dawn Formea, (618) 467-2290 or .

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