Hermiston Earns National Cultural Diversity Award

<p>City of Hermiston</p>

City of Hermiston

This morning the City of Hermiston earned the 2013 National League of Cities' Cultural Diversity Award for creation of the Hispanic Advisory Committee.

The Hispanic Advisory Committee was created in June 2012 in response to the 2010 US Census figures showing that the documented Hispanic population accounts for 34.9% of the Hermiston population, and likely also includes a sizable un-documented population. This committee, which holds its regular meetings in Spanish, with English translations, acts as a fully functioning advisory board to the Hermiston City Council to create better access to the government of eastern Oregon’s largest city for members of the Hispanic community.

Hermiston City Council President Rod Hardin, along with City Councilor Manuel Gutierrez and Hispanic Advisory Committee Chairman Eddie de la Cruz traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the award.