A delegation of LaGrange officials will travel to sister city Craigavon, Northern Ireland, next week.
The delegation will include Mayor Jim Thornton, Councilmen Nick Woodson, LeGree McCamey, and Tom Gore, and members of the city’s economic development staff.
The civic relationship was created in 1994 to enhance cultural and economic exchange between the two cities, according to a city press release.
“This 20-year relationship is the city’s only active sister city,” said Andy Camp, Economic Development Specialist for LaGrange in the release. “With the same language and a similar economy, we hope to develop and expand business opportunities during the trip.”
The delegation will spend six days in Northern Ireland, attend the Craigavon City Council meeting, will be received at a formal civic reception, and will have private meetings with Craigavon city and business officials.
“The members of the Council who are traveling and I are looking forward to discussing ways we can deepen our relationship with Craigavon and make the relationship more beneficial to both cities,” said Thornton in the press release. “We will be exploring with our counterparts in Craigavon ways we can partner on economic development efforts and learn from each other’s experience. LaGrange is an international city, and it’s important that we maintain our existing friendships as we also create new ones.”
LaGrange officials last visited Craigavon in 2009; Craigavon Mayor Carla Lockhart led a delegation to LaGrange last year.
In the past, LaGrange has had a sister city relationship with Poti, Georgia, and Aso, Japan, and is currently exploring a sister city connection in South Korea.