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MyCity Connect

MyCity Connect is an initiative from the Mayor's Office of New Americans that provides an opportunity for New Americans and more established residents to network and get to know each other while enjoying a variety of fun, free activities at some of Nashville's great civic and cultural locations.

The programs began in 2015 and focused on the following:

The Importance of Fitness

In March, Nashvillians from all over the city with backgrounds from all over the world came together to explore Southeast Community Center, take some line dancing and boot camp classes and enjoy a healthy lunch with the Mayor.

Boot Camp

Line Dancing

The Importance of Volunteering

MyCity Connect held an event at Second Harvest. After listening to the Mayor discuss the importance of Volunteerism, participants heard from a panel of non-profits about what they can do to get involved in their communities. Participants then rolled up their sleeves and began volunteering for Second Harvest. After sorting and boxing food, participants were led on a tour of the Second Harvest facility to learn about its history and processes. Everyone left feeling like they had made a difference that day.

View a video of some of the second MyCity Connect session

MyCity at Second Harvest

MyCity at Second Harvest

MyCity at Second Harvest

Small Business Forum

The Small Business Forum was hosted by the Mayor’s office and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to help small business owners in Nashville. This event was in partnership with Nashville Metro Council members and featured a panel of Nashville government officials to provide an overview of Metro Government's small business incentives and assistance programs. A business fair highlighting agencies and organizations focused on helping small businesses followed the panel discussion.

Watch a full video of the event and individual panelist videos for the Small Business Forum

Attendees at small business forum

Appreciation of the Arts

MyCity Connect focused on the arts and showcased Nashville’s appreciation of it through an event held at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, participants received free entry and a free tour of the facilities. After the tour, participants were encouraged to explore the center and stay on for the Frist Friday concert series event held that evening.

Frist Center for Visual Arts building exterior Frist Center for Visual Arts building interior

Music City

Nashville is called Music City for a reason! July's MyCity Connect brought Nashville New Americans to the Grand Ole Opry, the premiere entertainment destination in Music City. Participants gathered at Macaroni Grill in Opry Mills Mall for food and refreshments before meeting with the Mayor on a backstage tour of the Opry. Joining the 90th anniversary celebration of the Opry's live radio broadcast, participants enjoyed several hours of live country music entertainment.

Q and A session

Nashville Small Business Expo

The Mayor’s Office of New Americans, in partnership with the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Conexion Americas, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and several other Metro agencies and New American organizations, hosted this event.