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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2009

City celebrates 20-year partnership with Xi’an, China

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will mark its 20-year Sister Cities partnership with Xi’an, China with a celebration from July 12-14. Three delegations from Xi’an, representing government, trade and tourism, will attend economic and cultural activities while visiting Kansas City.

As part of the celebration, the City Council will adopt a resolution declaring July 13 to be “Kansas City-Xi’an Day.”

Events open to the public on July 13 include:
9:30 a.m. – Dedication ceremony for Terra Cotta Soldiers (Kansas City Zoo)
1:30 p.m. – Trade/economic forum (Kauffman Foundation)
1:30 p.m. – Tourism promotion forum (Kauffman Foundation)
6:30 p.m. – Presentation of the Xi’an tourism kiosk (Plaza Library lobby)

The economic sessions will feature mini-presentations given by trade, economic and tourism experts from both Xi’an and Kansas City, Mo.

All events are free to the public, but those interested in attending the forums must RSVP by July 10 to (816) 513-3526, or e-mail joanna_edgertron@kcmo.org.

The Kansas City-Xi’an Sister City Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Bob Chien, has received three of Sister City International’s highest awards: the Innovative Award for Public Safety, the Education Award for the Xi’an School Project; and national Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to Chien.

The mission from Xi’an to Kansas City represents the culmination of a three-year China strategy, which included leveraging the sister cities program as a “door opener” for trade and as an innovative economic development tool. Mayor ProTem Bill Skaggs led two successful missions to China in 2007 and 2008 focused on trade and the City’s global strategy with Asia.

The 20th Anniversary celebration was organized by the City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager’s Office, Mayor’s Office, Parks and Recreation Department, the Society for Friendship with China, Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, Kansas City Chinese Association, Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, Kansas City Public Library, KC-Xian Sister City Committee, Kauffman Foundation, KU Confucius Institute and US-China Association.

For more information, contact JoAnna Edgerton, City Manager’s Office, at (816) 513-3526.

    
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