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Mayor Receives Award

Ambassador of Goodwill Citizenship

Post Date:08/09/2017 11:23 AM


One of many highlights of recent Sister Cities trip


BLOOMINGTON, IL– Mayor Tari Renner received the Ambassador of Goodwill Citizenship Award during the recent Bloomington-Normal trip to Sister City Asahikawa, Japan. Former B-N Sister Cities Chairperson Harriet Steinbach also received the award.

“It is my honor and privilege to accept the Ambassador of Goodwill Citizenship Award. I was especially humbled to receive the award in Asahikawa, Bloomington-Normal’s Sister City for the past 55 years,” explains Mayor Renner. “The award ceremony was one of many highlights of this trip, which benefits Bloomington greatly by creating cultural, educational, and information exchanges and promoting lifelong relationships between people and communities.”

The delegation to Asahikawa included over 35 people from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to the official anniversary ceremony, the group visited various locations and met with local officials. This trip happens approximately every ten years.

“This was a worthwhile experience for the entire group,” says Mayor Renner. “I look forward to hosting a delegation from Japan here in Bloomington-Normal at some point in the future, as we have previously. As I understand it, during the course of our Sister Cities relationship with Asahikawa, our communities have exchanged approximately 300 students for a full academic year and 1,000 for shorter stays. It truly is a wonderful partnership.”

The Bloomington-Normal Sister Cities Committee is an official committee of the City of Bloomington and Town of Normal. Its purpose is to further international relations and goodwill between the Bloomington-Normal communities and cities like Asahikawa in accordance with the People to People Program initiated by the U.S. State Department.