|GPS and President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic to Host Discussion on Regional Development|
|Friday, September 28, 2012|
The Manhattanville College School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) is hosting President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic on October 3, 2012. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, GPS will host a roundtable discussion on Regional Development in a Global Context.
Business leaders of various disciplines will come together to discuss Westchester County's strategic advantages, challenges, and opportunities in the global marketplace. The roundtable will also address special needs of Westchester's growing Hispanic population, a leading contributor to local workforce growth and spending.
"The President's visit and the landmark roundtable are a testament to the strides that Manhattanville College is making in global education," Anthony Davidson, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, said. "It is our modest effort to recognize the contributions of our citizens of Hispanic heritage during National Hispanic Heritage Month."
President Fernández will be joined by Marsha Gordon, President and CEO, Westchester Business Council; Larry Gottlieb, Director of Economic Development, Westchester County; Fannie Aleman-Lansch, President, Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Louis Scamadella, New York State Small Business Development Center; Dr. Anthony R. Davidson, GPS Dean; and more.
The lunchtime roundtable is an opportunity for Manhattanville to continue to bridge countries and cultures to reaffirm its commitment to Westchester County's growth and prosperity. Its major objective is to discuss Westchester regional development in a global context from an economic and business perspective, bringing together business leaders who understand the complex landscape and can pinpoint the strategic advantages of Westchester County in the global marketplace.
The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin American and the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. President Fernandez, who served12 years in office, focused on technological, infrastructural development as well as macroeconomic and monetary stability during his term. He launched the country's first Metro system and was recently honored as "Statesman of the Year" by the Canadian Council of the Americas. He brings a Global perspective, keen insight into educational needs, and an intimate knowledge of the Hispanic community, one of the most vital economic groups in Westchester and the U.S. today.
The U.S. Hispanic population is at 52 million and projected to represent the bulk of population growth during the next five years. According to Nielsen's 2012 report, "State of the Hispanic Consumer: The Hispanic Market Imperative," the group's buying power reached $1 trillion in 2010 and is expected to grow 50 percent by 2015, hitting $1.5 trillion. "If it were a stand-alone country, the U.S. Hispanic market buying power would make it one of the top 20 economies in the world," Nielsen said. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Westchester County is comprised of 22.4% persons of Hispanic or Latino origin compared to 18% for the state of New York. In addition, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Westchester County (2007) is 10%, which is slightly higher than New York State (9.9%).
Manhattanville College GPS offers extensive education options, including three Bachelor's degree programs, six Master's programs, Graduate Certificates, and Executive and Professional Education. Under the innovative leadership of its dean, Dr. Anthony Davidson, GPS has expanded its offerings in Business Leadership, Enterprise Risk Management, Executive Development and Advancement for Women, Paralegal Studies, and Health Care, with administrators and faculty who bring their professional and business perspectives into the classroom. GPS is collaborating with educational institutions in the Dominican Republic to prepare students for today's global economy.