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Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla Honored with Latino Spirit Award from the Latino Legislative Caucus

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George L. Pla receives Latino Spirit Award resolution from Senator María Elena Durazo and Assembly Member Robert Rivas.

Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla was honored for Achievement in Business & Philanthropy at the Latino Spirit Awards, hosted by the California Latino Legislative Caucus on Monday, May 2, 2022​, at the State Capitol in Sacramento.  The Latino Spirit Awards were created by the Latino Legislative Caucus in 2002 to highlight positive role models within our diverse Latino community.

Every year, the Latino Caucus honors Latinos in a variety of categories that range from journalism to public service and community empowerment. Many of the honorees are pioneers in their respective fields and have overcome tremendous obstacles, rising to become role models and community leaders.

George and nine other Latino Spirit Award honorees attended a series of special events on May 2nd, including the Latino Spirit Awards Brunch at which honorees were presented with resolutions from Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Senator María Elena Durazo and Vice Chair Assembly Member Robert Rivas. Each honoree had the opportunity to provide a brief acceptance speech, followed by a keynote address by actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian Cheech Marin.

Later, honorees were introduced and recognized on the Assembly Floor and in the Senate Gallery for their significant contributions.  Prior to the introductions of the Latino Spirit Award honorees, the Assembly passed House Resolution 104 (Santiago) and Senate Resolution 79 (Durazo), both of which celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the historic day when the Mexican people defeated the French army at the Batalla de Puebla, and honor distinguished Latinos for their contributions and dedication to the economy and cultural life of California and the United States.

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George L. Pla along with Assembly Member Robert Rivas, Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes and Speaker Anthony Rendon on the Assembly Floor.

“It was a humbling and memorable experience to join so many dedicated and distinguished Latino leaders in being honored by the Legislature with the Latino Spirit Award,” stated George L. Pla. “I am truly grateful to the Latino Legislative Caucus for this award and I appreciate the support of my family, friends, colleagues and fellow Cordoba team members.  I am honored and privileged to be able to use my professional success to give back and make a difference to the community.”

The 2022 Latino Spirit Award honorees include:

  • Jenna C. Contreras (Achievement in Journalism & Media)
  • Alfred Diaz-Infante (In Memoriam)
  • Ron Herrera (Achievement in Public Service)
  • Sonia Manzano (Achievement in Arts & Entertainment)
  • Alfonso R. Padrón PhD (Achievement in Community Empowerment)
  • George Pla (Achievement in Business & Philanthropy)
  • Maria S. Salinas (Achievement in Business)
  • Irene Tovar (Achievement in Public Service)
  • Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela (Achievement in Health & Science)
  • Cheech Marin (Special Guest / 2018 Latino Spirit Award Honoree)

Brief bios for the 2022 Latino Spirit Award honorees can be found at 

A detailed bio for George L. Pla can be found at:

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About Cordoba Corporation: 

Founded in 1983, Cordoba Corporation is a California engineering, construction management, and program management firm specializing in the delivery of infrastructure projects in the education and facilities, transportation, energy, and water sectors. With headquarters in Los Angeles with offices throughout the state, including Sacramento, San Francisco, San Ramon, Chatsworth, Ontario, Santa Ana and San Diego, Cordoba Corporation has successfully completed hundreds of significant infrastructure projects throughout our nearly 40-year history.  We are proud that Cordoba is recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the leading firms of our kind in the nation. We uniquely combine the technical expertise of our engineers, project managers, and construction managers with an in-depth understanding of public policy and infrastructure development, while focused on Making a Difference in the communities in which we live and work.

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