Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group 
invites you to attend a presentation by the
Nashville Mayor’s Office of the New Americans(MONA)
and Office of Innovation

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Ms. Shanna Singh Hughey
Director of MONA  
Mr. Yiaway Yeh
Co-Director, Office of Innovation

Tuesday October 28, Global Mall Event Center

                              5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Nashville, TN
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In April 2013 Mayor Karl Dean announced the creation of a new Office of Innovation, designed to capture the entrepreneurial and creative energy of Nashville and make Metro Government more transparent, efficient and responsive. The Office was to be a partnership with the Office of Economic and Community Development on business recruitment and job creation efforts. Mr.Yiaway Yeh, former Mayor of Palo Alto, California, was named as Co-Director of the office.

On September 22, 2014, Mayor Dean created the Mayor’s Office of New Americans, or MONA, tasked with involving immigrants in local government, expanding economic and educational opportunities and creating partnerships between Metro and community organizations. Dean has backed a series of initiatives to make the city more welcoming to the international newcomers who have accounted for more than half of the city’s population growth in the past decade. Dean named senior adviser Shanna Singh Hughey to the director’s role. Her father was a refugee from Pakistan to India in 1947 before moving to the U.S. in the 1970s.

In August, Dean signed an agreement with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to turn five libraries and four community centers in Nashville into information hubs for legal permanent residents interested in gaining citizenship. Nashville became just the third city in that program, the Pathway for New Americans, along with Chicago and Los Angeles. The new office will also take its cues from the mayor’sNew Americans Advisory Council, formed in 2009 to involve refugees and immigrants in city decisions. The Council is comprised of leaders from Nashville's refugee and immigrant communities and fosters a link with Metro Government. 
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TIMBG was founded by Drs. Ming Wang and Galen Hull in September 2013 to promote communication and interaction among immigrant and minority business owners through a series of monthly seminars. For further information see www.timbg.org and www.diversecutluralevents.com.