7.01.2007

Experts: Economies grow in Hispanic-heavy areas

Experts: Economies grow in Hispanic-heavy areas (by Scott Blake, Florida Today 6.29.07)

ORLANDO -- - Central Florida's fast-growing Hispanic population could be the key to the region's economic success, researchers and officials said Thursday at the 2007 Hispanic Summit.

In support of that theory, they said the economies of areas with fewer immigrants are not growing as fast as those with more immigrants.

An example of that in Central Florida would be Brevard and Volusia counties, economist Hank Fishkind said.

"The economies in Brevard and Volusia didn't grow as fast as other counties in Central Florida that have had dynamic influxes in the Hispanic community," said Fishkind, president of the Orlando economic-consulting firm Fishkind & Associates.

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