News Release

Phoenix to Host NCLR’s Annual Conference as Organization Prepares for 50th Anniversary

NCLR was founded in Phoenix nearly 50 years ago—city will host largest gathering of Latino leaders in the nation

October 7, 2016

Contact:
Julian Teixeira
jteixeira@nclr.org
(202) 776-1812


PHOENIX —Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced that Phoenix, Ariz., has been selected to host the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®. The NCLR Annual Conference is the nation’s largest annual gathering of leaders, advocates, elected officials, business executives and change-makers whose work impacts the Latino community. The National Latino Family Expo® is one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, averaging 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. With live entertainment, giveaways, free health screenings, and cooking and exercise demonstrations, every year the Expo offers attendees something new in a fun, exciting and family-friendly environment.

Phoenix is home to a vibrant Latino community that has contributed to the city’s establishment and development. From helping build the city’s infrastructure, establishing thriving small businesses and creating neighborhood schools, Hispanics have been an integral part of the city’s history, and continue to contribute to the city’s economic, cultural and political growth.

“Hosting our largest annual event in Phoenix on the cusp of celebrating NCLR’s 50th anniversary is particularly meaningful for our organization, which was founded here those many years ago by a group of visionaries committed to protecting Latino civil rights and expanding opportunities available to Hispanic Americans,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The city is such a fitting home for our 2017 Annual Conference not only because of our historical ties to Phoenix and the Latino imprint that can be witnessed all around the city, but also because it is home to a growing and increasingly important Latino electorate that is poised to play a role in determining the outcomes of local, state and national elections in 2016.”

Latinos in Arizona make up just over one-third of the state’s population, making the state home to the sixth-largest Hispanic community in the country. Recent analysis of the Latino electorate in Arizona conducted by Latino Decisions shows that nearly 1 million Hispanics in Arizona will be eligible to vote this November.

The Annual Conference will take place July 8–11 at the Phoenix Convention Center in the heart of Downtown.

For additional information, please contact Julian Teixeira, Senior Director of Communications, NCLR, at jteixeira@nclr.org.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.