National Immigrants Day ceremony to celebrate past, present, and look to future


The City of Gainesville will celebrate the contributions, determination and ingenuity of its foreign-born neighbors at a National Immigrants Day ceremony downtown. Members of the Gainesville Immigrant Neighbor Inclusion (GINI) initiative also will update the community on its work to promote immigrant equity and inclusion, and improve immigrant access and safety in Gainesville.

When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 9:45-10:30 a.m. 
Where: Steps of City Hall, 200 E. University Ave.

The event includes a poetry reading followed by the issuing of a proclamation by Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe.

GINI’s collaborative efforts are made possible through research and technical assistance grants awarded to the city in 2020 by New American Economy and Welcoming America.

Gainesville’s 15,000 foreign-born neighbors represent nearly ten percent of all spending power in the city. Data (2019) show the community’s population of immigrant neighbors comprises nearly ten percent of essential workers in the area’s healthcare and food safety sectors. Creating an equitable and inclusive community for all neighbors is a cornerstone of the city’s strategic plan.

To help ensure public health and safety, neighbors are asked to practice social distancing at the event.

For more information, contact City of Gainesville Public Information Officer Rossana Passaniti at 352-393-7842 or