CONCORD – The Concord Sister Cities Association announced Wednesday a new agreement with Siena, Italy, to be Sister Cities.
The agreement became official April 28 when the Siena Municipality Board voted to approve the pairing. The Concord City Council and Mayor Scott Padgett approved the union this past June, following a visit from Concord Sister Cities Association president John Dunlap to Siena last May and subsequent presentation to the City Council.
It means that Concord and Siena will set up cultural, business, and educational exchanges. Siena is located in the Tuscany region and is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year through the city square.
Among its many beautiful and historic buildings are the Siena Cathedral (completed in 1380) and the Piazza del Campo (around which the famed Palio is run). Siena is about an hour’s drive south of Florence. It is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities and is also home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Its population is 57,000.
Concord mayor Scott Padgett is happy about the pairing with Siena.
“This is exciting news for Concord and we feel this partnership can benefit both cities in many ways,” said Padgett. “To partner up with such a historic and beautiful city like Siena is special. Since 1993, Concord has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with Killarney, Ireland, that has provided cultural and economic benefits to both communities. In 2014 we added Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
“The work of Sister Cities International and its member communities continues to offer the promise of a better future for our world through peace and mutual understanding,” said Padgett. “Thank you to the Concord Sister Cities Association for starting the process of broadening our community’s partnership to a wonderful city like Siena while continuing our successful relationships with Killarney and Freeport.”
The beauty of Tuscany region makes it attractive to tourists.
“From strictly a tourism standpoint, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer place in the Tuscany region to visit than Siena,” said Dunlap. “Add to that the value of educational exchange programs with such a historic city, as well as business possibilities for both communities and I think it is safe to say that we hit one out of the park in establishing a partnership with Siena. I would especially like to thank Siena officials Leonardo Tafani, Carlo Infantino and Mayor Bruno Valentini for making my wife Lee and I feel so welcome on our visit.”
For more information about the Sister Cities Program contact Dunlap at 704-361-3676 or email@example.com.
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