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Grand Prairie Mayor – Community Sitdown

Grand Prairie Mayor – Community Sit down

Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen invites residents to the semi-annual Mayor’s Community Table.  This diverse event hosted by Mayor Ron Jensen is designed to get to know each other over a meal.

Originality At Its Best

The series of luncheons and events are intended to celebrate diversity in a city that has seen its own demographics change dramatically over the years. Moreover, about 52.6 of the city’s residents are White, 42.7 percent are Hispanic, 20.2 are Black, and 6.5 percent are Asian or another race, according to 2016 Census figures. And the diversity continues to increase.

The first couple of luncheons has been a success. Especially the Mayor’s community Table meeting back in May 2015, and each year after that. Ending each one with its own special memories. Many residents who remember the first event can’t stop talking about the small beach balls thrown in the air. More than 100 people attended and sat in tables of five or six — city staff intentionally sat guests, who were asked to provide their age and race, with those of different backgrounds. Of guests who attended, 52 percent were white, 30 percent were black, 13 percent were Hispanic and 5 percent were Asian or another race.

Upcoming Mayor’s Community Table

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway.

Cost: The cost of the dinner is $10 per person.

RSVP: To attend, RSVP online or call 972-237-7549.

The city assigns seating to achieve a mix of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and races.

“I wanted to start something that everyone in the community, regardless of differences or similarities, would feel welcome to attend. If we get to know someone’s background, we’re more likely to see and appreciate their point of view.” – Mayor Ron Jensen