St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.
In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.
Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.
The St. Louis Mosaic Project came together this last year to address the issue.
St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon’s Maria Altman spoke with Betsy Cohen, the Mosaic's project director.
Earlier this year, St. Louis leaders launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.
According to Betsy Cohen, who is managing the project, the St. Louis community is making great strides.
The goal of the St. Louis Mosaic Ambassador Program is to make the area more welcoming to non-native people.
Late last month regional leaders launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.
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