La Paz Chattanooga Continues Latino Awareness Series

Focus: Economic Development

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

La Paz Chattanooga is kicking off the second year of the Latino Awareness Series with a lunch-and-learn session entitled "Latinos and Economic Development." Chattanooga State Community College will host the event on Wednesday, April 17, and Dr. Nicholas Nagle from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will present the keynote address. In 2012, Dr. Nagle published the first comprehensive census-based study examining the growth of Tennessee's Latino population, and how that growth impacts the state's economy.

 "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," said Stacy Johnson, executive director at La Paz Chattanooga. "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."

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Nicholas Nagle, assistant professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a joint faculty affiliate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Before joining ORNL in 2012, Dr. Nagle was on the research faculty at the UT Center for Business and Economic Research where he was responsible for forecasting demographic trends across Tennessee. This included research on trends in Latino immigration and their economic impact. Dr. Nagle is an expert in estimating local population trends and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Census Bureau.

After presenting his keynote presentation, Dr. Nagle will join three Chattanooga-area panelists to localize the subject, discussing the barriers and opportunities facing Chattanooga Latinos economically. In addition to Dr. Nagle, the panel will be comprised of Gladys Pineda-Loher (Chattanooga State Community College), Marco Perez (Chalmers Center), and Mariano Cebrián (Panoram Imports). A question and answer session is also planned for the panel.

Space is limited for the event, and reservations are required. The cost to attend is $15, which includes lunch. Payment can be made at the door with cash, check, or credit/debit card. To RSVP, please visit http://lapazchattanooga.org/events/, or email dmartin@lapazchattanooga.org. The event will be held at Chattanooga State in the Center for Business, Industry and Health, lasting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

A campus map can be found here: http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/maps/pdf/Campus_Map.pdf

The Latino Awareness Series is made possible by the Benwood Foundation. There will be two additional installments of the Latino Awareness Series in 2013. The topic for the next session will focus on Latinos and American politics, and the series will conclude with the Second Annual Latino Leadership Awards.


Dalton Firefighters Receive Unit Citations For Lifesaving Efforts

The Dalton Fire Department honored nine firefighters on Tuesday morning for their lifesaving efforts in two recent incidents. Unit citations were presented to A-Shift firefighters from Engine 2, and A-Shift firefighters from Engine 1 and Squad 1 at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission. On July 8, firefighters from Engine 2 were dispatched to a car ... (click for more)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Poke-Crawl Fundraiser Event To Be Held Aug.6

Big Brothers Big Sisters is presenting a Poké-Crawl Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5:30-11:30 p.m. "Pokemon Go is taking Chattanooga by storm, so it’s time to team up, hunt Pokemon, and battle for territory in Downtown Chattanooga. Team Members are encouraged to wear your team colors, Yellow, Blue, or Red and prepare to join forces to rule the crawl. We anticipate this ... (click for more)

$30 Million Development Planned At King And South Market; Will Include Hotel, Condos, Offices, Retail, Possible Restaurant

A new $30 million development is planned for the Southside at King Street and South Market. Nick Wilkinson, city deputy director for economic development, said it will include a hotel, condos, offices, retail and possibly a restaurant. It could also include some light industry. A storage building and a parking lot are now at the site. He said the developers plan to reuse ... (click for more)

Investor In Scheme Says Dyer Made Contacts At Quarterback Club

One of the investors who was a loser in an investment scheme recently halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission said one of the Chattanooga brokers involved made many of his contacts through the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. Paul Smith, former Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said Doug Dyer has been the president for many years of the club that promotes UTC and ... (click for more)

Expand Broadband Internet, Not The Size Of Government

I’d like to respond to two letters in your July 13 edition that praised Rep. Mike Carter’s efforts to expand statewide broadband access. Rep. Carter wants more government involvement in the broadband sector, including an expansion of taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband networks.  Rep. Carter’s supporters argued he’s standing up for consumers against huge telecommunications ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Horses Vs. DesJarlais

It is well-known that shortly after the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry put on a very-pointed fundraiser for the equally repugnant Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) two years ago, the misguided doctor has repeatedly tried to bully and strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the behalf of the vermin who sadistically torture the ... (click for more)