First Latino Economic Summit in Long Beach aims to transform ‘disparities to possibilities’

On Tuesday, Long Beach’s first Latino Economic Summit will provide a platform to discuss strengthening of the city’s largest demographic, with Latinos making up almost half the population.

The first Latino Economic Impact Profile Report will also be presented, offering data specifically on Latinos in Long Beach.

The summit aims to “shift the community’s focus from disparities to possibilities” and is presented by Centro CHA, the City of Long Beach, California Department of Social Services, Cal State Long Beach and Mayor Robert Garcia, according to the press material.

Topics to be discussed will include access to education, economic development, immigrant integration, civic engagement, health, safety and technology in the Latino community.

A preliminary version of the report released in late September showed that, although Latinos make up 44.5 percent of Long Beach’s population, it’s one of the poorest demographics.

Latinos in Long Beach: First report of its kind examines the city’s largest demographic

The report presented on Tuesday will have more data and insights that can be used to develop programs and policies that better represent the over 209,000 Latinos living in the city, officials said.

Speakers will include Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development James Alva, Senior Program Officer of California Community Foundation Rosie Arroyo and California Director of Civic Engagement for the NALEO Education Fund Ely Flores.

The Latino Summit will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public and will be located at the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. To RSVP, please email [email protected].

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.