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Birmingham City Council Heightens Outreach Efforts for Birmingham’s Hispanic Community

PRESS RELEASE               Thursday, September 18, 2014

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage month, Birmingham’s City Council has begun an initiative to provide outreach and information in Spanish to its Hispanic Community. Efforts to reach to the Hispanic community have started to take place with the new Birmingham City Council website that now includes Spanish translation. Select pages with immediate information have been translated so that Hispanic residents can become familiar with the functions and services that the City Council Offers.

“Birmingham City Councilors are interested in hearing from of all its residents including our Hispanic population. We know that language can sometimes be a barrier and we want to make sure that all of our residents can feel comfortable reaching out to their councilors,” said Brittany Sharp, Director of Public Information for Birmingham City Council

Based on the response from this Hispanic outreach, the offices of the city council also plan to promote and inform the Hispanic Community about the upcoming events/governance the city has for its residents.

To view the Hispanic section of the City Council’s website, please follow the link below: http://www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org/the-council/en-espanol/

A number of visual projects, produced by the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office can also be found on the Council’s Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTUiRK4lS9Qywar9eLn-TEPqzGPVGH5H6

Currently the Birmingham City Council will be receiving requests via email and will consider having a Hispanic phone line based on the response from the Hispanic Community. This is the first step by the City Council to address the needs of the Hispanic Community and other measures will soon follow.