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Posted on 12-01-2011
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Obama Administration to Announce New Housing and Employment Program and Host Hispanic Community Action Summit in Miami This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on a series of summits held across the country this year, the White House will host a Hispanic Community Action Summit at Miami Dade College’s Chapman Conference Center on Friday, December 2nd. Senior Administration Officials will also announce a new pilot program that would expand employment and contracting opportunities for low-income Hispanic workers and the companies who hire them and preview the summit at a news conference at the Brickell Plaza Federal Building on Thursday, December 1st.

The summit will connect more than a dozen Senior Administration Officials from several policy areas with Hispanic leaders, business owners and local officials to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, including how the American Jobs Act can strengthen the economy and keep hundreds of thousands of firefighters on the job, police officers on the streets and teachers in the classroom around Miami and across the nation. In addition, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce a pilot business registry targeting contractors and low-income job seekers in Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington at the news conference.

The gathering in Miami follows a series of similar regional meetings held in cities across the country this year beginning in Orlando and following a national Hispanic policy conference held at the White House this past July. The summits have all provided an opportunity for participants to address important issues with White House and Cabinet agency officials. Discussions cover a wide-range of topics from jobs and the economy to education and health care, to fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs.

The summit in Miami will begin with a plenary session followed by dynamic breakout sessions and an innovative open space dialogue where summit participants will work together to define the agenda and shape the format. Members of the public must register in advance to participate in the summit at http://1.usa.gov/vgd1x3. A recent report on the President’s agenda and the Hispanic community is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic.

Administration officials expected to participate include:
• Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, The White House
• Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
• Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary for Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
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