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The City will officially launch a campaign titled #IamMontgomery during its Independence Day parade and festival on July 4. The purpose of the campaign is to bring awareness and education to the diverse community of Montgomery. The effort is led by the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and by longtime Montgomery resident Robert “Chip” Harrod.

The City of Montgomery, like most American communities, is growing and diversifying.  Today, whether shopping at the local Montgomery Kroger or attending a City-sponsored event, residents commonly meet and connect with neighbors of different backgrounds and cultures.  Montgomery’s school system, Sycamore Community Schools, has a student population representing 54 nationalities and 41 spoken languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse systems in the state.  The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established to support acceptance and understanding in the community.

“City Council and administration believe the infusion of diverse cultures, faiths, customs, lifestyles, and abilities enriches social and civic life and is a positive development for the community. As a municipal government, there is a tremendous benefit in nurturing and promoting diversity in the community, and it warrants a higher priority on the City agenda,” said Mayor Chris Dobrozsi.

City Manager Brian Riblet further explained that “during the past few months, the Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been working to create and implement ideas that promote positive relations among Montgomery residents and to create a welcoming environment for all those that live, visit, work and recreate in Montgomery. The #IamMontgomery campaign is a great way to link these efforts and promote inclusivity in our great community.”

Residents can show their support for diversity in Montgomery by picking up a #IamMontgomery yard sign or button at future City events.

More information about future events and educational opportunities promoting diversity and inclusivity in Montgomery can be found here.