To realize their prosperity dreams, cities overcome challenges — just as refugees do. Shelly Callahan runs the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees in Utica, NY where her one-stop shop has resettled, trained, and integrated more than 16,000 refugees into the community. Her partnership with the Mayor, community college, county executive, police department, economic development commission and other key institutions has enabled this city to thrive with open arms. Shelly will recount their approach, strategies, and success stories that have enabled waves of refugees to not only benefit from new urban economic opportunities but to become a linchpin of those developments and of the community.
Shelly Callahan, Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees