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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2013

Contact
Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
scostabatis@redwoodcity.org
650.780.7305

Redwood City to Enter Into Formal Sister City Agreement with Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico
Mayor Alicia Aguirre and President of Ciudad Guzman to sign Sister City agreement that will bring economic, educational, and cultural benefits to Redwood City and Mexico


Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City will be signing a formal "Sister City" agreement with Ciudad Guzman - a city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico that is the native city of a number of Redwood City residents. The agreement will be signed on December 6, 2013 at noon in City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, 94063. All members of the public are invited to join Mayor Aguirre and President (Mayor) Jose Luis Orozco Sanchez Aldana in this celebration of a sister relationship that will bring economic, educational and cultural opportunities to the residents of Redwood City and the citizens of Ciudad Guzman for years to come.

Early in 2013, Federacion Jalisco approached Redwood City International (RCI), a nonprofit organization promoting the sister-city relationships between Redwood City, CA and Zhuhai, People's Republic of China (PRC), and Colima, Mexico, about the Federacion's interest in forming a "sister city" relationship with Redwood City. Specifically, Federacion Jalisco has voiced strong interest in starting a cultural center in Redwood City. Because of Redwood City's successful established sister city agreements with Zhuhai, PRC and Colima, Mexico, RCI felt confident that this new sister city relationship would also prove successful.

Redwood City's decision to form a sister city relationship with Ciudad Guzman was based on a number of criteria including quality of education, access to a Port, level of cultural events, and a population of a sufficient size to maintain the relationship. Ciudad Guzman, located approximately 90 minutes south of Guadalajara and 60 minutes north of Colima, is the educational "magnet" of west Mexico, has a sister relationship with Colima, Mexico - RCI's present port sister city, is nicknamed "Athens of Mexico" for being the birthplace of several well-known artists and writers, and has a population of 100,000.
"Redwood City is the cultural center of the Peninsula, and this sister agreement with Ciudad Guzman is only going to strengthen our ability to share, with our entire City, the diverse experiences that occur with a Sister City relationship and serve our significant Mexican-American and Latino communities," explains Mayor Aguirre. "This agreement will expand economic interests, advance new educational opportunities, and foster cultural exchanges that will help our cities increase understanding and appreciation of both our community's uniqueness and similarities."
In addition to their interest in starting a cultural center here in Redwood City, Federacion Jalisco is building business relationships and intends to foster relationships between local schools and those within Ciudad Guzman and Jalisco. Mayor Aguirre visited Ciudad Guzman in mid-October to sign the sister agreement in Mexico. Redwood City staff and public officials have scheduled a full itinerary of activities for our guests from Mexico including a tour of our vibrant downtown, visits to Electronic Arts and Stanford, and attendance at our signature holiday event, Hometown Holidays.


To learn more background about the sister city agreement and the benefits it will bring to Redwood City, see the online staff report.
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