As part of the Sisterhood agreement between the two cities the Mayors have met to keep improving that relationship…
According to Mountain Xpress the Asheville Sister Cities program keeps working. Fresh on the heels of their Scottish delegation in September and new sister city partnership with Dunkeld and Birnam, Perthshire, Scotland, the organization received the visit of the Valladolid Mayor Alpha Alejandra Tavera Escalante, with members of her staff, and committee delegates.
The group engaged in community meetings, educational visits, health and human services roundtable discussions, tourism, and economic development programs. The two cities will work collaboratively to create more opportunities for the exchange of ideas and opportunities between Asheville and Valladolid.
Currently, two exchange students from the Valladolid area are studying at Asheville High School for the year. Additionally, Asheville Sister Cities just completed a project with area Rotary Clubs to purchase 110 wheelchairs that will be sent to two Mexican sister cities, Valladolid, and San Cristobal de las Casas.
Asheville now has seven sister cities around the world: Saumur, France; Vladikavkaz, Russia; Karpenisi, Greece; Osogbo, Nigeria; Valladolid, and San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico; and Dunkeld and Birnam, Scotland.
Mayor Esther E. Manheimer officially welcomed the Mayoral Delegation at a Reaffirmation Signing Event for the sister city relationship on Friday Ocotber 13.