The first installment of the second year of La Paz Chattanooga's Latino Awareness Series will focus on economic development.
The event will kick off with a lunch-and-learn session on Wednesday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College.
The event, called Latinos and Economic Development, will feature a keynote address from Dr. Nicholas Nagle from the University of Tennessee. In 2012, Nagle published the first census-based study examining the growth of the state's Latino population and how that growth impacts the state's economy.
Nagle is an assistant professor of geography, as well as a joint faculty affiliate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Before that, he was on the research faculty at the UT Center for Business and Economic Research. He is an expert in estimating local population trends and has had his research funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau.
"We are excited to continue the Latino Awareness Series, as it highlights various themes of importance associated with the region's fast-growing Latino population," Stacy Johnson, executive director at La Paz Chattanooga, said in a prepared statement. "Chattanoogans, generally speaking, benefit from living and working in a city that has a thriving economy compared to many of its regional peers. In this upcoming session of the Latino Awareness Series, we want to investigate how our economy is experienced by Chattanooga's Latino residents."
After Nagle's presentation, three Chattanooga-area panelists will join him to localize the subject, discussing the barriers and opportunities facing Latinos economically. A question-and-answer session is also planned for the panel. The panel will be comprised of Gladys Pineda-Loher (Chattanooga State Community College), Marco Perez (Chalmers Center) and Mariano Cebrián (Panoram Imports).
Space is limited for the event, so reservations are required. Payment can be made at the door with cash, check or credit/debit card.
The series is made available by the Benwood Foundation, and there are two more installments of the series scheduled for 2013: Latinos and American Politics and the second annual Latino Leadership Awards.