Inaugural Gainesville City Services Fair showcases municipal programs

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The City of Gainesville invites all neighbors to its first City Services Fair to learn more about City programs, events, services, job opportunities, charter officers, governing structure and more.

When: Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street

Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the myGNV app and website through which they can plan a bus trip, view live traffic cameras or report a power outage.

City staff will offer information about the Gainesville Fire Rescue Community Resource Paramedic program, and offer assistance to low income neighbors who may qualify for mortgage foreclosure intervention, down-payment assistance or other affordable housing programs offered by the city. They’ll also answer questions about the Gainesville Regional Utilities Low-income Energy Efficiency Program Plus and share information for reducing energy use, among other helpful tips. Staff from the Solid Waste division also will address how recent changes to the Zero Waste ordinances impact city residents and businesses.

The fair also includes a small tree giveaway (while supplies last) and staff from the Urban Forestry division will share tree-planting and pruning advice with attendees.

Neighbors also will be able to recycle their unwanted automobile tires at the event. Each person may bring up to six tires, without rims, for recycling to the outdoor collection area at the fair. (Tires on rims will not be accepted. The tire roundup continues until 2 p.m.)

Representatives from Gainesville Police Department, Transportation and Public Works will share information about their projects and programs; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and other departments will provide details about their year-round and seasonal events. Employment opportunities at the city also will be available. City staff expects to host the fair several times each year.

To help ensure public health and safety, neighbors are asked to follow CDC recommendations including social distancing guidance for COVID-19 at events.

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