Hispanic Institute to release demographic and economic study

The Hispanic Institute at Hodges University will release a preliminary report on the Hispanic demographics and economics of Lee and Collier Counties on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. The release will be held at 4 pm at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce office, 2390 Tamiami Trail North in Naples.

The main goal of the research project is to establish a base line of information regarding the Hispanic community in both Lee and Collier counties. The report aims to provide an updated socioeconomic profile of the diverse Hispanic Community in Lee and Collier counties and generate a comprehensive comparative historical overview of a variety of data on population, national origin, age, gender, education, employment, income and household composition. The report was prepared by Dr. Aysegul Timur, economics professor at the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business at Hodges University. 

According to Dr. Timur, the report will provide valuable information to a wide variety of local interests. “The report produces information for different parties: policy-makers, Hispanic leaders, community organizations, businesses, and the media,” she said. “The report also can be customized and modified for anybody who needs specific information. This is the first time that information of this type has been assembled regarding the local Hispanic population. It is our hope that the report will present useful information to a wide range of individuals and organizations concerned with issues that impact the Hispanic community.”

The complete 223-page report will discuss several key factors in the Hispanic population of the two counties. These include: population growth and national origin; demographic profile highlights by Hispanic origin; age and gender; household families; economic well being and education and the use of the English language. The full report will be released on November 1, 2009 and posted on the Hodges University website.

Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University, feels the information provided in the report will help gain a better understanding of the local Hispanic community. “The demographic realities of our region of Florida illustrate a continuing expansion of the Hispanic community,” said McMahan.

“Since its formation, the initial focus of the Institute has been to gather data and to identify research projects such as this that will provide useful information about the Hispanic population in Lee and Collier counties. 

“The Hispanic population of this area has been underserved from a research perspective for many years, so the timing of this report is perfect. This study is a significant achievement for the Hispanic Institute. I think the impact of this report will be felt exponentially for months and years to come.”
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