Hotel Bethlehem to host Latino convention
Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón and other leaders in the state’s Latino community joined Norman Bristol Colón July 8 as he announced that the Pennsylvania Latino Convention will hold its annual gathering Oct. 29 – 31 at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Colón and Latino leaders from around and outside the Lehigh Valley made the announcement to a group of supporters in the lobby of the main street hotel.
Bruce Haines, managing director of the Hotel Bethlehem, welcomed the group.
“We’re thrilled to have you here,” he said.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the meeting as did PA State Representative Steve Samuelson (D, 135th).
Pa. State Urban Affairs Liaison Altagracia Mercado, Magisterial District Judge Nicholas E. Englesson, and United State Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Erin Yasenchak attended the announcement ceremony.
According to information provided, Pennsylvania’s Latino community is the fastest growing segment of the population, accounting for more than 50 percent of the statewide growth in the last two decades.
More than half of the 896,000 Hispanic or Latino population in Pennsylvania are Puerto Rican.