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Community conversation is tonight at HHH

The Austin Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the city of Austin, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Riverland Community College, will host a community conversation on “Building a More Inclusive Austin,” from 6-8 p.m. today at the Hormel Historic Home.

Jason Baskin

The goal of the free event is to get community input on Austin’s Strategic Welcoming Plan, which is being developed by the Mayor’s Strategic Welcoming Taskforce, according to Jason Baskin, chairman of the commission.

The final recommendations will be presented to the Austin City Council in mid-May.

“The 2017 Welcoming Report identified the barriers that need to be lowered to make Austin a truly welcoming community,” said Baskin. “This strategic plan will allow our community to have a clear definition of success and actionable recommendations to start lowering those barriers.”

The event will include a special presentation from national partners Welcome America and New American Economy, which awarded Austin one of the nationally-competitive “Gateways for Growth” grants to help develop the Strategic Welcoming Plan.

Free daycare and light refreshments will be available at the event.