Mayor Whaley, Sister Cities Committee to Visit Augsburg Visit to Celebrate 50 Years of Sister City Relationship
Release Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Contact: Hunt Brown, Chair, Dayton Sister City Committee, 937‑321‑5320
The Dayton Sister City Committee (DSCC) will visit Augsburg, Germany, Daytonʹs first sister city, from May 18 to 22.
The delegation will include Mayor Nan Whaley and Police Chief Richard Biehl, plus representatives of the Dayton Human Relations Council and the Dayton Water Department.
DSCC members taking the trip are connected to several key Dayton institutions, including Wright State University, CareSource, the Dayton Art Institute, Cox Media Group Ohio and Five Rivers MetroParks.
Augsburg and Dayton have enjoyed a 50‑year sister city relationship that has grown throughout the years and involved countless cooperative engagements and enriching educational exchanges.
A delegation from Augsburg visited Dayton in June 2014.
ʺWe are looking forward to visiting Augsburg to celebrate our 50‑year partnership,ʺ Mayor Whaley said. ʺThe Dayton Sister City Committee provides great opportunities for education and international engagement, and I am proud to have to opportunity to represent the City during this exciting milestone.ʺ
ʺThis visit to Augsburg is an important commemoration of our longstanding sister city relationship,ʺ said Hunt Brown, chair of the Dayton Sister City Committee. ʺDuring this trip, we will seek to deepen that relationship to benefit the people of both cities.ʺ
DSCC members and Mayor Whaley are paying for the trip expenses.
The Dayton delegation is scheduled to participate in a number of activities, including meetings with officials including Augsburg Mayor Kurt Gribl and Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, the minister of the state of Bavaria for education. They also will tour Premium Aerotec, a component supplier for Boeing; Jakob‑Fugger‑Gymnasium secondary/high school, a student exchange partner with Chaminade Julienne High School; and NCR, which helped launch the sister city relationship between Dayton and Augsburg 50 years ago.
The all‑volunteer Dayton Sister City Committee provides community leadership to promote Dayton internationally and increase global awareness of the city. The DSCC also aims to promote cultural exchanges and economic development in the city and region through partnerships abroad.
The DSCC is a complement to the Cityʹs Welcome Dayton initiative, which promotes economic development through immigrant integration into the Dayton region.
ʺOur ties to Augsburg run deep. Over the past 50 years, countless citizens, students and community and business leaders have traveled to Augsburg to promote Dayton and share ideas and form partnerships with the good people
of Augsburg,ʺ said David Klass, DSCC Augsburg Committee Chairman. This 50th anniversary commemorates that, and it is truly an honor to be a part of it.ʺ
Founded in 15 B.C., Augsburg is a university town, is located in the southwest of Bavaria, and is the third largest city in that region. Augsburg has aviation woven in its history, as local manufacturer Messerschmitt created the first mass‑produced jet airplane. Today, Augsburg and the region are centers for
industry, science, art and culture. The city of Augsburg and its surrounding areas offer attractive business and industrial zones and are the headquarters of research institutions and technology establishments.
In addition to Augsburg, Daytonʹs sister cities are Oiso, Japan; Monrovia, Liberia; Holon, Israel; and Sarajevo, Bosnia‑Herzegovina.