For Release Friday, November 30, 2012
The national debate on immigration and policy decisions to be made will have effects ranging from Microsoft’s ability to recruit talent to apple farmers’ ability to harvest their fruit; from uniting families to international students’ options for seeking a U.S. education.
The Puget Sound region and Washington State depend on international business and the relationships that support our success. Our diverse communities not only provide the cultural and language skills to interact with the world, but add to the richness here in our community.
The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Nov. 5 that King County’s multiracial growth was second in the United States over the past 12 months, exceeded only by Los Angeles. Bellevue is more than 30 percent foreign-born, and Seattle 25 percent. Whether you are a newspaper, theater company, medical provider or retailer, to be successful you must understand the Puget Sound’s changing demographics. ACT Theatre’s development of Ramayana represents their understanding that more than 60,000 people of Indian heritage live in this area.