2018 National Planning Conference

Latina/o Migration & Informality-Lessons for Planners

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:45 a.m. - noon PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198235

Location: 2011

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  • Understand the how the informal economy works in Latino/a communities. .
  • Point to specific outreach strategies that can support informal Latino entrepreneurs to engage them in economic development efforts. .
  • Debunk the myths of the informal economy by demonstrating the importance it plays for Latina/o entrepreneurs.


While Latinas/os represent the largest racial minority group in this country, where they consist of over 57 millions citizens/residents in the U.S. In towns, cities, counties, regions and states, they contribute greatly to the social, economic and political vitality of these places. Despite their major contributions, Latinas/os have become the targets of racism from American leaders and millions of citizens. This session will focus on the informal economy that exists within the Latina/o community. We will focus on two examples of economic development approaches: Latina/o day laborers and informal Latina/o ranch owners. Both of these types of entrepreneurs contribute to a city’s local economy but planners aren’t well trained to outreach to these populations. Hence to counter racist and false narratives of Latina/os, our session with focus on how this racialized group, which includes citizens, residents and immigrants, represents an important segment in the economy.


Session Speakers

Alvaro Huerta
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
Los Angeles, CA

Gerardo Sandoval
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR