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Building Integrated Communities partnered with the Town of Siler City from 2017-2019. Since the completion of the action plan in 2019, the Town along with the Hispanic Liaison has been working hard to implement many of the recommendations. The development of the Siler City BIC action plan was preceded by a one-year Community Assessment including discussions with immigrant residents, a review of demographic data, oral history interviews, and more. The actions proposed to leverage existing Town resources as well as the respective expertise and networks of the Planning Committee members to improve several community-identified issues: communication, housing, leadership, youth mental health, business & entrepreneurship, public safety and law enforcement, parks & recreation, and public transportation.

Siler City Immigrant Advisory Committee photo
The Siler City Immigrant Community Advisory Committee held its inaugural meeting at the Wren Memorial Library. Back row, left to right: Hannia Benitez, Victoria Navarro, Shirley Villatoro, Carlos Simpson and Jisselle Perdomo. Front row, left to right: Danubio Vazquez Rodriguez and Norma Hernandez.Photo taken by Victoria Johnson
Check out the progress below!

  • The Town of Siler City’s new website offers a Google Translate button on the top right-hand corner. This button will translate the entire website into many different languages including Spanish. Documents such as pdfs and Word documents that are uploaded to the website’s interface are not automatically translated.
  • In the Summer of 2021, the Town approved a 5% pay increase for bilingual employees.
  • The Town of Siler City Government Guide has been created and published in English and
    Spanish on their website. It is currently being updated with the most recent information.
  • Upon request, the Town of Siler City provides Spanish interpretation for the Board of Commissioners’ meetings. Additionally, the Town of Siler City receives many requests for Spanish language interpretation and there are 8 employees across different departments that assist in interpretation requests.
  • In the Summer of 2021, the Town created the Immigrant Advisory Committee, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm. The next meeting is on February 8th.
  • Parks and Recreation publishes bilingual newsletters.
  • Law Enforcement officers have participated in the Fair and Impartial Policing program, an implicit-bias training program.
  • Law Enforcement participation and support in the annual September Fiesta event with the Hispanic Liaison was postponed due to COVID.
  • Participation in Faith ID programs was scheduled for Spring 2020 but postponed due to COVID.
  • To learn more about the Siler City Immigrant Advisory Committee, check out the Chatham News & Record articles following the process.

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