Mayor's Community Table Wins National Award
Grand Prairie, TX—The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the City of Grand Prairie as one of the nation’s best in implementing programs that promote cultural diversity within their community. The City of Grand Prairie’s “Mayor’s Community Table” program earned the first place award in the 100,001-400,000 population category by the 2016 NLC City Cultural Diversity Awards Program. Grand Prairie Council Member Richard Fregoe, who founded the city’s Unity Coalition, accepted the award on behalf of Mayor Ron Jensen during the 2016 Congressional City Conference on March 7 in Washington D.C.
Mayor Jensen started the Mayor’s Community Table in 2015 as a series of lunches and dinners designed to celebrate diversity and bring together the community to get to know one another. The city assigns seating to achieve a mix of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and races. The first event drew 150 people in May 2015 and 230 attendees at the following event in October.
“I wanted to start something that everyone in the community, regardless of differences or similarities, would feel welcome to attend,” said Mayor Jensen. “If we get to know someone’s background, we’re more likely to see and appreciate their point of view.”
The next Mayor’s Community Table event will be a lunch on Tuesday, May 17. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the Mayor's Community Table Web Page for more information.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program has been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. It also promotes the positive results of total community collaboration. The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity. For more information about the NLC City Cultural Diversity Awards Program, visit www.nlc.org.