Sullivan considers Honduran sister city

J. H. Osborne • Apr 21, 2007 at 11:39 AM

The ‘sister community' resolution could come for a vote by the full commission on May 21.

BLOUNTVILLE - Siguatepeque.

If you live in Sullivan County, "she" might be your sister, soon.

The Sullivan County Commission is considering a resolution to name the Honduran city a "sister community."

An "Agreement of Goodwill" between the government of Sullivan County and the government of Siguatepeque, Honduras was introduced on first reading for the Sullivan County Commission earlier this month.

As presented to county commissioners, the resolution would OK an agreement between the county and the Honduran city of Siguatepeque to:

•Agree to mutual visits at the senior level;

•Recognize a consensus to promote exchange programs in the fields of business and trade, development, tourism, government, culture, education and sports;

•"Further, both governments shall develop programs and activities in fields such as economics, trade, science and technology, as well as culture and arts;

•These programs and activities will serve as vehicles to promote, exchange and to strengthen the relationship between Sullivan County and Siguatepeque.

Furthermore, the resolution specifically states both parties have agreed to the following:

•Business relations and opportunities - "Both parties shall encourage discussion and interaction between local economic departments and cooperation of business enterprises between the two localities;

•Both parties shall coordinate with chambers of commerce, business groups and companies that will help to facilitate business and market opportunities between the two localities;

•Both parties shall promote trade missions;

•Both parties shall exchange information on development programs and projects in both governments; and shall exchange information on the preservation of their historical sites;

•Both parties shall exchange information on education for children, youth, and adults as practiced in their respective governments;

•Both parties shall exchange ideas and encourage tourism officials, travel industry analysts, and business representatives to play an active role in promoting tourism between both cities;

•Both parties shall hold dialogue and exchange information and promotional materials between the tourism industries in both cities; and seek to increase overall tourism and travel between the two communities;

•Both parties shall exchange information and assistance concerning infrastructure development, including but not limited to: roads and highways, water and sewer, emergency response, and communications.

Richard Venable, chief executive officer of NETWORKS - Sullivan Partnership, the joint economic development effort of Sullivan County and its cities, said he's met with officials from Siguatepeque during a recent visit.

Venable said the city's mayor, among those who visited Sullivan County, is considered likely the next president of Honduras.

Venable said the group seemed very interested in pursuing any business opportunities that could be established in Sullivan County.

The "sister community" resolution will go through the Sullivan County Commission's committee process in the next couple of weeks and could come for a vote by the full commission on May 21.

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