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CHLI hosted its Congressional Briefing Series on "Competition & Innovation"

Friday, August 2, 2013  
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Press Release       For Immediate Release
            August 2, 2013                                                                                          Contact: Leo Velasquez
CHLI hosted its Congressional Briefing Series on
"Competition & Innovation"
Washington D.C.  - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute hosted its Congressional Briefing Series on Capitol Hill on July 25, 2013. This briefing titled, "Competition & Innovation: How the Internet is Creating Opportunities for Latinos" provided insights on growing nature of the technology industry and its impact on the Hispanic community.    
CHLI Vice Chairman Rep. Henry Cuellar delivered opening remarks. The engaging discussions were moderated by Dr. Everett Ehrlich, President of the ESC Company. Expert panelists were: Darren Achord, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio; Debra Berlyn, Executive Director, Projects Getting Older Adults On-Line; Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; and Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director, Pew Hispanic Center.   
The panelists provided qualitative and quantitative examples on topics such the use of technology tools, technological adoption of devices, trends, broadband in America, and much more.  
Mr. Achord shared insights such as reducing barriers for consumers, highlighted that mobile data traffic increased by 70% last year, and suggested the expansion of technology devices to enhance the country's education system. He also noted that the adoption of broadband effects many markers in the U.S. economy from healthcare to education.  
Ms. Berlyn introduced "Project GOAL" as a new voice to promote broadband adoption by older adults. Project GOAL raises the profile of the challenges confronting older adults and identifies new innovative technologies for this community. She discussed technology challenges and opportunities for older adults.   
Mr. Castro talked about technological tools and data functions that improve decision-making processes. He noted that higher education institutions are reviewing how to integrate and/or add online courses and resources to offer students more choices and reach more students. 
Dr. Lopez pointed to research findings on how different individuals are among the U.S. Hispanic community in utilization of mobile devices. He shared data to highlight commonalities and differences with technologies between younger and older, foreign-born and native-born. For example, according to a PEW study, 76% of Latinos access the internet on a smart phone which is the highest rate among any minority group.  
"I walked away from our discussion with a feeling of good news and bad news. The bad news is that the digital divide persists, even if it's getting smaller. The good news is that the incredible boom in innovation, triggered by competition, is giving us tools to close it if we have the will," said Dr. Everett Ehrlich, President of the ESC Company.   
This CHLI Congressional Briefing Series was sponsored by Verizon and NextEra Energy. 
Photos of the Congressional Briefing are in CHLI's Facebook Page - click here to see photos (Note: you must log in to your account).  
About the CHLI Congressional Briefing Series:
Briefings are held throughout the year on Capitol Hill with national leaders and experts to discuss issues pertinent to the U.S. Hispanic community. The goal of the series is to inform Members of Congress, their staff, national thought leaders, and members of the media of issues that affect the Hispanic community and to highlight the contributions of Hispanics. Dialogues are robust because of the diversity of the speakers' backgrounds and expertise and the engagement of participants.  To find out about upcoming CHLI events visit   
To join other sponsors and support the CHLI Briefing Series, please click here.   

About CHLI: 
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and non-partisan organization. CHLI's vision is Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought. CHLI is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and Hispanic corporate executive leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. The organization's leadership, domestic and international partners and staff prepare and promote Hispanic college students and professionals to be global leaders. Programs incorporate the intersections of academic excellence, public policy and global perspectives.  
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