Puerto Rican Affairs Summit II

It’s hard to believe how fast the time flies. On Friday, the 2nd Summit of Puerto Rican Affairs took place in Kissimmee. As you might recall, there was a post about last year’s summit on this blog and I’m glad they did it again this year.

The Summit covers Hispanic initiatives in business, education, and politics. Leaders from those areas host panel led discussions about what to expect, how to get involved, and how to improve quality of life for Hispanics living in Florida. Leaders from all levels of government, and yes, candidates running for office stop in and listen to the community about their concerns.

This year with redistricting and a painfully slow economic recovery awareness on the issues and gaining an audience with lawmakers is more important than ever.

Bill Nelson was the keynote speaker and he was a little more partisan than I would have liked. He used the podium to attack the controversial elections bill and criticize the Republican led house on medicare reform.

It was another terrific summit and attendance was up. Let’s hope that this summit grows and is even more successful next year.

Here are a couple of photos.

Terrific attendance this year.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs was one of the many leaders who attended the summit

Keynote Speaker Senator Bill Nelson speaking to the media