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Letter From the President Jose Marquez and Chair Jose Luis Rodriguez

Dear Members, Sponsors and Friends:

As a prominent member of the Latino community, you are cordially invited to participate in an exciting initiative that will have a significant impact on our community’s opportunity to succeed in the next 30 years and empower our community with technology.

As you know, we are currently facing severe economic conditions. Yet with these challenges come opportunities. To identify new opportunities for you and your business, we will present a two-day Forum in Washington, DC on June 9th and 10th 2009 and we hope you will be able to attend.

With the election of President Barack Obama, the nation is not only ushering in a change in minority representation at the highest levels of office, but a change in technology policies and opportunities. The desire and foresight by the United States President to seek and apply renewed interest in science and technology is a crucial element in the country’s growth and in revitalizing the U.S. economy.

As the nation’s leading organization of Latino technology professionals, the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) works with both the private and public sectors to increase Hispanic opportunity, presence and representation in America’s information sciences, telecommunications and technology industries.

LISTA fully recognizes that this country’s future depends on nurturing and drawing upon the creative men and women in our scientific, computer science, and engineering community. As the fastest-growing ethnic group, Latinos represent both one of the greatest growth markets for the technology, telecommunications and information sectors, and are one of the greatest pools of talent for America’s success in the global information economy.

The Second Bi- Annual LISTA Legislative Technology Forum will provide Latino IT professionals an opportunity to speak to members of Congress about key concerns in the industries of science and technology. It will also provide LISTA an opportunity to continue to raise awareness of the digital divide and how to bridge it, develop ideas on how to stimulate the growth of technology business and be a catalyst of change in high-technology and science sector.

The objective of the LISTA Legislative Technology Forum is to offer fresh perspectives on today’s changing technological, economic and political landscape and the technology policies of the Obama Administration that will affect Latinos in technology for the next 30 years.

By the year 2030, Latinos will make up 25 percent of the U.S. population. It's important to remember that we are all in this together and that Latino issues are America’s issues.

Moving forward, Latinos will play an increasing role in developing our nation's technology public policy and will directly impact the future of our economy and overall success. We need to get more engaged in technology, green jobs, sciences, energy and other innovation industries driving our economy.

Your support in increasing the pipeline of Latino talent in the science and technology sectors and LISTA’s presence on the hill is part of the investment in our Nation.

Join us and become a partner in change and help LISTA take on the Hill.

Sincerely,

             

Jose Marquez-León                         Jose Luis Rodriguez

National President/CEO                        National Chairman

Register today ,or write to  info@a-lista.org