Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber joins city leaders in "best practices" visit to Baltimore

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce* announced its participation in the traditional intercity tourist oriented visit organized by the joint efforts of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year's delegation visited the Baltimore and Washington D.C. region. The Tennessean reported on the trip here.

NAHCC President Yuri Cunza joined a powerful and diverse group of delegates in a very strategic community and regional development initiative that focused on showcasing best practices and lessons learned in a variety of timely issues and projects.

The attendees this year included Mayor Bill Purcell, Vice Mayor Gentry, Congressman Jim Cooper, former Congressman Bob Clement, Orrin Ingram (Ingram Industries), Tammy Geneovese (CMA), Butch Spyridon (Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau), Dr. Pedro Garcia and others.

The leadership of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is determined to lead with the example by joining in support of initiatives that will advance our community as a whole. "In an effort to be more prepared as we become active participants in shaping the future of our growing community, attending this year's study mission trip will definitely help us position the issues of relevance to our growing Latino population in Nashville as well as the city at large," says NAHCC President Yuri Cunza.

The Nashville delegation of more that 147 business and community leaders returned to Nashville on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.

Highlights and topics considered**:

* A visit to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center for a panel with hospitality and neighborhood leaders;
* A reception for our federal legislative leaders and other D.C. guests, coupled with a unique focus on the importance of our music industry with a "behind the scenes" tour and songwriter's performance at XM Satellite Radio;
* A look at Washington's emphasis on branding;
* Discussions with Washington museum leadership about the creation of a museum for today' visitors; in addition, a session at Baltimore's newly opened Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture;
* The role of higher education in a community with a focus on economic development;
* Community support for sports venues and entities;
* Public education, including charter schools;
* Arts, history and culture as an economic engine; and
* Waterfront development.

*Hispanic Chamber 101: There are four Hispanic chambers of commerce in Middle Tennessee: in alphabetical order, the first three are the Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Tennessean profiled these three chambers in this article in June 2006. A fourth chamber was incorporated in 2006 (the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) but no activities have been announced.

**Source: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

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