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Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Launches Survey and Holds Community Input Session

Post Date:01/21/2020 10:00 AM
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Brian Wheeler
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2020

Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Launches Survey and Holds Community Input Session

Community feedback sought to finalize selection of Spanish-speaking Sister City

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission has launched an online survey and is hosting a community input session to receive feedback on the selection of a Spanish-speaking Sister City.

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6-7 p.m.

Where: Buford Middle School

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 community members are invited to learn more about the two Spanish-speaking cities being considered for a Sister Cities partnership with the city of Charlottesville. Local representatives will present information on Huehuetenango, Guatemala and Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. Members of the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission will also be available for questions and comments.

The Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission seeks input from the community on this search and hopes to find a partnership that will best serve the interests and needs of our students and residents. In selecting a potential Sister City for Charlottesville, it is important that we find relevance and the potential for meaningful collaboration in the future.

Charlottesville's current Sister Cities include:

Besancon, France

Pleven, Bulgaria

Poggio a Caiano, Italy

Winneba, Ghana

Link to survey: www.charlottesville.org/survey

This survey will be open from January 17, 2020 to February 17, 2020.

New Sister City Selection Timeline

January 2020: Public Information Meeting/Public Interest Survey Online

February 2020: CSCC reconvenes to discuss results of meeting and survey. If ready, the CSCC will forward its recommendation to City Council

March 2020: Recommendation to City Council

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

The city of Huehuetenango, Guatemala rests at the foothills of the Cuchumatanes mountain range in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. A hub of activity, Huehue is home to numerous universities, hospitals, hotels, businesses, and cultural sites that bring together locals and tourists alike. It is one of the largest and most diverse cities in the region as many of the 23 indigenous Mayan cultures of Guatemala are represented and deeply woven into the history and identity of the city.

Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina

The city of Villa Carlos Paz is located near the geographical center of Argentina. It is just 25 miles west of the city of Cordoba — population two million — which is the home of the oldest university in Argentina and its Air Force Academy, besides being a major industrial center. Villa Carlos Paz shows quite a few similarities with Charlottesville. Both are small cities, both are surrounded by mountains, are desirable cities to live in, have a good number of cultural activities, are near national parks and other natural attractions, and are attractive to retirees.

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