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Summit To Focus On Latinos’ Impact In Houston

The first annual Hispanic Houston Impact Summit takes place at the Hilton Americas on Wednesday morning.


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Hispanics make up more than 40 percent of Houstonians. They are also the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, both here and the country.

Laura Murillo, president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the goal of the Hispanic Houston Impact Summit is to educate Houstonians on data specific to Latinos in the Bayou City.

"Household incomes, what we're buying, the consumer impact and the impact on the economy overall," she said. "So statistics from a variety of different researchers and professors, but again the key is, Hispanics in Houston."

The Hispanic chamber is presenting the summit together with Telemundo and the Houston Business Journal.

It will also look at political participation.

Jeronimo Cortina, a professor of political science and Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston, said the challenge is to translate the growing number and economic power of Hispanics into votes.

"Now we're talking about first and second generation Latinos that can vote, can register," he said. "But the big, big, big question is: How do we motivate these people to go out and vote?"

The summit takes place on Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Americas. Attendees will be encouraged to vote and can register onsite.

Cortina and Murillo were guests on Houston Matters.