Alameda Names New Sister City in S. Korea
The Alameda City Council adopted a resolution authorizing a new Sister City relationship at its June 20 meeting. Mayor Trish Spencer signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the formulation and implementation of the agreement between Yeongdong-gun, South Korea and the City of Alameda.
Yeongdong is located in a mountainous region of South Korea, has a population of more than 50,000, and is one of South Korea’s largest wine-producing regions. The Sister City relationship is an opportunity for economic, technological, and cultural exchange.
Alameda’s Sister City program is a partnership between the City and the nonprofit Alameda Sister Cities Association (ASCA). ASCA and City staff worked with Yeongdong officials to plan for a delegation visit from Yeongdong to Alameda from July 2 to 5, to participate in the Fourth of July celebrations.
The Sister City relationship will be formalized on Monday, July 3, at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers, and will include remarks from Mayor Spencer; Councilmember Jim Oddie, Hee Jeong Matz, chairperson of the Yeongdong-gun Sister City Subcommittee; Park Se-bok, Mayor of Yeongdong-gun; and Jeong Chun-taek, County Council Chairperson of Yeongdong-gun.
ASCA evaluates and recommends new Sister Cities for adoption, and in February 2017, recommended three new Sister Cities, Varazze in Italy, Wadi Foquin in the Palestinian Territories, and Yeongdong in South Korea. Alameda currently has two active Sister Cities, Jiangyin, China and Dumaguete, Philippines.
Staff is working closely with ASCA to develop guidelines for the Sister City program, including criteria for adoption. These guidelines are expected to come before the council for review and approval in July.