News Mayor Given holds coffee shop meet up with residents SHARE ON: Jeff Henson, contributor, Monday, Mar. 17th, 2014 Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given has held the first of what he hopes will become regular “coffee-shop style” gatherings with city residents. The informal chat took place a day after his yearly State of the City address, which served as a starting point for conversation. “I was also able to pass on a little bit about council’s strategic planning; there was a lot of talk about downtown, a lot of discussion about mixed use development, where you see commercial and residential in the same building, and from the group that was here it seemed to be a lot of desire to move in that direction.” The importance of transit in our city was also discussed during the meeting. Given used a similar type of event to connect with voters during his re-election campaign last fall.