Plainfield, N.J. Mayor Adrian O. Mapp hosted his annual gala Friday, May 3, at Deewan Banquet in Piscataway Township.

Several state and city elected officials attended the event, including members of the Plainfield City Council and Mackie Holder, consul general for the Barbados Consulate.

Mapp outlined the city’s progress under his leadership and discussed its future. City officials hope to bring more development that would attract more residents to the Central Jersey city and stimulate the local economy.

“Over the past five years, we have accomplished great things,” he said. “We have ushered in a new era of hopefulness and change in the city of Plainfield.”

Mapp specifically highlighted Plainfield’s infrastructure improvements, implementation of SMART technology and improving the city’s recreational spaces.

In his recent State of the City address, Mapp addressed what he calls the “Plainfield renaissance” that includes an economic development strategy, a quality of life task force, and ways to cut down on crime in Plainfield.

The renaissance also includes a $500 million mixed-use development proposal for apartments, stores and a restaurant on the north side of Netherwood Train Station. Mapp said in a recent interview he wants to attract new residents to the city, which has a population of more than 51,000 where Black residents make up half of all residents.

The city is in the middle of its yearlong celebration commemorating 150 years since its incorporation.

Mapp has been mayor of Plainfield since 2014; prior to that he served as councilman for the 3rd Ward in the city. Born in Barbados, Mapp has been a resident of Plainfield for the past 36 years.