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Aurora aims to create Indian American Board


Krishna Bansal

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Updated: January 14, 2014 11:40AM

AURORA — City officials hope to create another heritage committee to represent the city’s Indian American population.

The Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board will act as a bridge between the city’s Indian American community and the city, said Dan Barriero, city chief of community services. The board would be modeled after the city’s existing African American and Hispanic heritage advisory boards.

The city’s Government Operations Committee unanimously approved the measure Tuesday afternoon. The proposal will next be discussed by the full City Council Dec. 17.

The 18-member board would include one non-voting city liaison, Barriero said.

Krishna Bansal, a Naperville resident who owns Q1 Technologies in Aurora, said he hopes the board will spur social integration and civic engagement within Aurora’s Indian American community.

“As residents, we take a lot from the city but to give back, that’s the part that is missing,” Bansal said.

Alderman Rick Mervine, 8th Ward, said the cultural makeup of Aurora has changed significantly during the last 30 years.

Between 2000 and 2010, the city experienced an 80 percent growth in the Indian American population in Aurora, according to City Assistant Chief of Staff Rick Guzman.

The first members of the African American Heritage Advisory Board were approved by City Council in 2003. The Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board was created in the late 1990s.

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