May 4, 2001

Visiones Realizadas — Visions Realized

— A bilingual, faith-based, conference on economic and community development, is launched by Hispanic leaders—

Los Angeles — On Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Radisson Wilshire Plaza, over 400 faith-based organization representatives from Southern California will address the economic challenges of the communities they serve by launching a bilingual conference on economic and community development for Hispanic leaders. Lisa Treviño Cummins, Associate Director, The White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives will be keynote speaker of this conference entitled Visiones Realizadas/Visions Realized.

In Visiones Realizadas/Visions Realized, faith-based leaders will reflect on their potential to impact economic development projects and indicators such as affordable housing, local employment levels, mitigating disenfranchisement of immigrant populations, improvement of education, and the creation of small businesses.

Through professional expertise, church outreach, volunteer mobilization, and community organizing, these organizations aim to do a better job in tapping into private and government financial resources available to them. Focusing on developing a comprehensive strategy for community and economic development. Visiones Realiza-das/Visions Realized will look into successful faith-based community projects such as empowerment zones and community banking, as well as discuss the relevance of charitable choice," and President Bush's faith-based initiatives.

Dr. Jesse Miranda, Vanguard University, Center for Urban Studies and Ethnic Leadership; Rev. Mark Whitlock, FAME Renaissance; and Rev. Ray Rivera, Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC) of New York City will be plenary session speakers.

Visiones Realizadas/Visions Realized will be held at the Radisson Wilshire Plaza Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90010. Individual Registration: Pre-Conference $45 (deadline May, 15); at the door $49. Group Registration: $40 for groups of 5 or more from the same organization.

For more information call: (562) 692-9383.

Visiones Realizadas/Visions Realized is sponsored by Churches United for Economic Development (CUED); Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN); Vision L.A. (World Vision USA); and Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC) of New York City.

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