Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HELO and NALEO Honor Cisneros

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HELO and NALEO Honor Cisneros

Article excerpt

NLC's Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group and the League of California Cities--Latino Caucus recently recognized Henry Cisneros, former secretary of housing and urban development and a past president of NLC, as a HELO National Leadership Honoree.

"Henry Cisneros is truly one of the legendary leaders in this country," said HELO President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, Ariz. "Both his leadership and vision have contributed greatly to many aspects of our nation's housing, economy and education. We value his tremendous achievements and are privileged to work with him to help strengthen our municipal governments."

Cisneros was honored at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials' (NALEO) 25th Annual Conference during the conference's Assembly of Receptions.

Cisneros was supportive of an event such as that of the NALEO conference bringing the Latino community together.

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"We take pride in the achievements of individuals from Latino and other diverse communities, many of whom are immigrants who came to the U.S. to help their families achieve their dreams of a better life," he said. "Their strength is the strength of America."

As the chairman of CityView, Cisneros continues to dedicate his efforts to creating home ownership opportunities for working families from all backgrounds.

The 2008 HELO Board of Directors meeting took place during the conference. John Arriaga, executive director of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus, offered a presentation at the board meeting and special remarks at the awards ceremony.

Workshops at the conference were designed to educate and create a forum for discussion for elected officials.

One such workshop was "Latino Families and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." The impressive list of speakers at this workshop included Anna Escobedo Cabral, treasurer of the United States, who stated with regard to the recent home foreclosure crisis, "Educating people and providing them with the tools so that they can build wealth and achieve the American dream . …

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