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Citizens invited to ‘On the Table’ kickoff celebration at Keeneland to discuss Lexington’s future


The ‘On the Table’ community conversation starts with a kickoff celebration March 1.

The kickoff event will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Keeneland Entertainment Center, and is free and open to the public. Participants will receive food and drinks, swag bags and a toolkit to help them host their own ‘On the Table’ events on March 15.

“Lexington, let’s gather around a table and talk about our city,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “On the Table is an opportunity to come together and talk about everything from roads to parks to affordable housing. Come out to Keeneland and learn how to get involved.”

Mayor Jim Gray

On March 15, people throughout the city will sit down with groups to discuss not only what is great about Lexington, but ways to make it better. These conversations will be used to inform Imagine Lexington, the city’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan update.

The March 1 kickoff will be an opportunity for citizens to learn more about ‘On the Table,’ what it means to participate and how easy it is to host their own discussion. There will also be onsite host signup opportunities.

In addition to Gray, speakers at the kick-off celebration include Cheryl Hughes from Chicago Community Trust, who founded ‘On the Table’ in Chicago, and Paul Wesselmann aka The Ripples Guy, who is a nationally recognized leadership trainer and motivational keynoter.

Registration

To register as an On the Table host in advance of the kickoff event, go to onthetablelex.com. Citizens can also learn about being involved as ‘super hosts’ or independent guests. Kickoff attendees are encouraged to register before the event, but it is not required.

Free bus rides to event

Lextran will be offering free transportation to and from the kickoff event. Busses will depart from the downtown bus station at 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. and return downtown at 7:30 p.m.

Partners

On the Table is a community effort, made possible by many committed partners including the Blue Grass Community Foundation, Leadership Lexington, the city’s Division of Planning and many other civic organizations. For detailed partner information, visit onthetablelex.com/partners.

Get social

‘On the Table’ and kickoff participants are encouraged to share their experiences and engage other citizens via social media using the hashtags #OnTheTableLex and #ImagineLexington. Citizens can learn about the city’s comprehensive plan’s progress and other events by following@Imagine_Lex , liking Imagine Lexington on Facebook or visiting imaginelexington.com.

For more information about ‘On the Table’, visit onthetablelex.com.

Fayette County Public Schools will also participate in the initiative. Schools are encouraged to join in on March 15 as a host or super host so that the district’s voice is included and students know their voice matters.

Among ways to get involved:

— Work with student leaders to host conversations at school;
— Invite parents and volunteers to chat with students during lunch;
— Contact the PTA/PTSA to engage parents in the discussion;
— Include On the Table as part of a classroom lesson;
— Encourage families to join On the Table during dinner at home.

A host toolkit will provide everything needed, including a conversation guide and easy ideas for taking action afterward. After the conversations, please highlight key discussion points and share back with Blue Grass Community Foundation. 

Register by Feb. 28 in order to attend the host party on March 1 at Keeneland. However, schools may register any time before March 15.

From LexingtonKy.gov


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