MAYOR BOLLWAGE AND COLOMBIAN CONSUL TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY SERVICES

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE AND COLOMBIAN CONSUL TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

ELIZABETH, NJ—April 30, 2012— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will join Christian Mauricio Rodriguez, General Consul of Colombia, at a community meeting to highlight opportunities and services available to residents. 

Topics such as the availability of programs and how to access resources within the City of Elizabeth will be discussed. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez will highlight the new services that will soon be offered through the Colombian Consulate within the City of Newark. 

“Dr. Rodriguez and I will work together to establish a team that effectively addresses and meets the needs of the Colombian community living within the City of Elizabeth,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.  “Dr. Rodriguez shares my commitment to providing the assistance and services that residents expect and deserve within our municipality.”

The City of Elizabeth is the fourth largest municipality in New Jersey with nearly 125,000 residents.  According to the 2010 Census, more than 11,000 Colombian residents call Elizabeth home. This event will provide a unique opportunity for individuals to connect directly with the first Colombian Consulate office in the state. 

“We look forward to this opportunity to exchange ideas with representatives from the Colombian community,” said Frank Cuesta, Councilman-at-Large. “Communication and the dissemination of information through these important forums are vital to improving the quality of life for our residents.”

According to the 2010 United States Census, the number of residents within the City of Elizabeth increased by 3.7 percent since the 2000 Census.  This growth in population also made the City the fastest growing municipality in New Jersey among the largest cities.

The increase was driven in large part by an influx of 14,726 residents of Hispanic origin since the 2000 Census. Statewide, Hispanics are now the biggest minority in New Jersey, making up nearly 18 percent of the state’s population. In the City of Elizabeth alone, 59.5 percent of residents declared themselves to be of Hispanic origin.