The Gainesville-Hall County diversity and inclusion initiative is a national model for integration of residents of all cultures into the life of the community through a multitude of educational, informational, citizenship, and English-language programs. The initiative connects the community and its residents across racial, ethnic and other differences and provides opportunities for leadership development, networking, employment and programs of inclusion.
Early on, the Diversity Committee and the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute worked on Hall County and the ever-changing needs of our community and workforce. The Fanning Institute created a review, “Building the Best Workforce for Hall County”-The Impact of Past, Present & Future Demographics. This information was shared with different businesses and community members.
Recently, developing relationships within the diverse communities in Hall County has been the focus of the Diversity Committee. A dinner within the Latino community brought together Vision 2030 Board members, Latino community members, and Diversity Committee members to get to know each other and also hear about the ongoing projects of the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee. From that meeting, neighborhood areas for public art were identified and new committee members were added.