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Phoenix set to host major Latino conference next summer

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PHOENIX — A large annual conference for Latinos will be held in Phoenix next summer, it was announced Friday.

The National Council of La Raza is set to return to Phoenix, the city in which it was founded, ahead of its 50th anniversary. The annual gathering, along with the National Latino Family Expo, will take place July 8-11, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

About 25,000 people are expected.

“We’re going to have some top speakers, great entertainment and dozens of very informative workshops on key issues facing the Latino community,” Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, said.

Pre-registration is already open. Murguia is expecting the conference to deliver a big economic impact for the city of Phoenix.

“On average, our conference has contributed at least $7 million in any given area when we [bring] that conference to a particular city,” Murguia said.

Arizona is home to the sixth-largest Hispanic community in the country. Latinos account for over a third of the state’s population. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said having this conference is a big win for the city.

“We’re going to have people from all over the country and the world to really celebrate the contributions and the entrepreneurship that exists in our local Latino community,” he said.

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