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Siler City Building Integrated Communities: Action Plan for Immigrant Integration Update
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.
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.