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Mayor Anthony Foxx Advances Importance of Sister City Relationship
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Contact: Carrie Lynch, 704-336-5863

Mayor Anthony Foxx and a delegation of local business and civic leaders have been traveling throughout China meeting with Chinese government and business leaders. Additionally, the delegation has grown the relationship between Baoding and Charlotte beyond that of a traditional sister city.
As part of the visit, the Mayor and delegates gathered with counter parts from Baoding to recognize and discuss ways to expand their sister city relationship.
“Intercultural exchanges are a very important part of building strong relationships in an ever more interconnected global society,” said Dr. Maha Gingrich, Chair of the Charlotte International Cabinet. “They give us a chance to better understand each other, share information about what is most important to our societies and enable us to exchange best practices which can help our government, businesses, and communities grow.”
The sister city program is overseen by the Charlotte International Cabinet (CIC) with a mission to foster international relationships, which is highlighted through programs with Charlotte’s seven sister cities. To commemorate Mayor Foxx’s visit and in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Charlotte/Baoding sister city relationship, Mayors from each municipality signed a memorandum of understanding to mark the occasion and recognize their joint accomplishments.
In addition to the signing ceremony, Baoding representatives lead Mayor Foxx and delegates through a tour of the Baoding New and Hi-tech Zone, a new industrial area promoting new and hi-tech industries and new energy industries. The group visited the Baoding Yingli Solar Company as well. Not only did these exchanges showcase Baoding as the “Electricity Valley” of China, they also encouraged and promoted collaboration between Charlotte and China.

Tuesday, November 15, media will have the opportunity to talk with Mayor Foxx via a telepresense hosted by Cisco (1900 South Blvd.). Broadcast media should arrive by 6:30 p.m.