Frisco May 2021

COMMUNITY FEATURE

BY NANCY BALDWIN

Frisco IndianA ! airs Committee Ad hoc committee brings community together B uilding bridges is the mission of the Frisco Indian A ! airs Committee. Created in 2017 by Mayor Je ! Cheney, the ad hoc committee is focused on fostering communication data showed. That growth can be attributed to several factors, according to Ponangi, a Frisco ISD school boardmember.

“Dallas is a central location for busi- ness travel,” he said. “Frisco is chosen " rst for the school district. The second reason is a ! ordability. The cost of living is low. Also, there is an existing Indian community here.” The committee de " nes its mission through four pillars: community outreach, civic engagement, philan- thropy and events. While Majji focuses on outreach and engagement, Ponangi manages the other two. “We’re there to hear their questions and to help with issues and for the city to communicate with the Indian community,” Ponangi said. “It goes both ways.” To " nd out more information, visit www.facebook.com/friscosmartcity.

Members of the Frisco Indian A ! airs Committee donated lunch to support " rst responders in February. (Photos courtesy Frisco Indian A ! airs Committee)

between the city’s Asian Indian community and city leadership. Co-chairs RamMajji and Gopal Ponangi say they want to promote community relationships and encour- age conversation. “The major mission we are focused on is civic engagement,” Majji said. “This committee is where we bridge the gap between the Indian commu- nity and the city, police, schools and public works.” A rapidly growing segment of Frisco, the Indian community has about 35,000 residents, according to city data. That represents about two-thirds of the Asian community as a whole,

Members of the Frisco Indian A ! airs Committee raised funds to help purchase personal protective equipment for " rst responders and city personnel in June 2020.

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