WHEREAS, Virginia has the 15th largest Hispanic and Latino population in the country with about 732,000 Virginians of Hispanic or Latino descent, and is proud to be home to a diverse Hispanic and Latino community that contributes greatly to the social, cultural, economic, and political strength of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Hispanic and Latino community in Virginia is one of the most rapidly-growing groups in the Commonwealth, comprising approximately nine percent of Virginia’s population; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic and Latino business leaders are driving significant job growth in the Commonwealth, and 4.5% of businesses in Virginia are owned by Hispanic and Latino Virginians, representing more than 28,700 businesses that employ tens of thousands of people; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic and Latino Virginians are leaders in business, government, military service, education, healthcare, science and technology, arts and entertainment, and many other areas that are critical to building a stronger and more sustainable Commonwealth for future generations; and
WHEREAS, we join with the rest of the country in celebrating the 48th National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, and commemorate the essential contributions, sacrifices, and accomplishments that Hispanics and Latinos have made to the United States throughout our nation’s history; and
WHEREAS, as we build a Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to all, I encourage Virginians to participate in the celebrations of Hispanic and Latino heritage in communities across Virginia this month;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 15 – October 15, 2016, as HISPANIC AND LATINO HERITAGE MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all citizens.