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El Salvador's Colorado Consulate to be based in Aurora

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 23:38:47-04

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — City officials say El Salvador's new Colorado consulate will be based in Aurora.

The Aurora Sentinel reports Wednesday the city of Aurora recently signed a formal deal with the Central American country to open its consulate in the city's former city hall building. It will be Aurora's first international office.

City officials expect El Salvador representatives to sign a lease for the building in a few days and begin consulate operations by next month.

The city's Office of International and Immigrant Affairs Manager Ricardo Gambetta says U.S. Census data shows one-third of the state's Salvadoran residents live in Aurora. Mayor Steve Hogan traveled to El Salvador to convince officials to bring the consulate to his city instead of Denver.

The consulate will also serve Wyoming and Kansas Salvadoran residents.

"In addition, the Consulate will promote international trade and business opportunities between El Salvador and Colorado," senior public information officer for the City of Aurora, Michael Bryant, told Denver7.

The Consulate of El Salvador in Aurora will be in the area of South Havana Street and East Florida Avenue. Bryant said the city is not providing any funding toward the opening of this consular office.  

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