08/24/2011 - 4:40 pm | Sister City Visitors | Comments Off
Mayor of Budapest Visits Fort Worth
New mayor and officials in Fort Worth to revitalize 21 year Sister Cities relationship.
Mayor Istvan Tarlos along with Deputy Mayor Istvan Grygory and three other officials from Budapest, arrived in Fort Worth on Sunday, August 16th where they were greeted by Fort Worth’s finest, FWPD, on horseback at the Worthington Hotel. Throughout the week they have met with city officials, chamber representatives, business leaders and members of Sister Cities to establish closer relations between the two cities.
Mayor Tarlos took office as mayor of Budapest in October 2010. This came after 20 years of service by the former mayor who had requested Fort Worth and Budapest become sister cities in 1990.
Mayor Betsy Price hosted the delegation earlier this week and discussed with Mayor Tarlos the many similarities between the two cities including budget deficits, mass transportation needs and a desire to create more economic growth.
In a welcome speech delivered by Mayor Price at the Museum of Science and History on Monday night she said, “It is my personal belief that when you spend time in the home of another person, whether that person is of another religion, another race or speaks another language, you develop an indescribable bond. We hope you consider Fort Worth your home and that you will develop many friendships while here.”
Mayor Price also presented the key to the city to the mayor at the Fort Worth city council meeting on Tuesday expressing her hope that they will consider Fort Worth their home.
After a helicopter ride around the area provided by Hillwood and informational meetings with The T, Fort Worth’s Waste Management and Homelessness directors, the delegation will enjoy their last evening in Fort Worth experiencing our Mexican culture with a farewell dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant.
About Fort Worth Sister Cities International
The mission of Fort Worth Sister Cities International is to advance peace through lasting relationships and international understanding. Since 1985 Sister Cities has managed the international programs and relationships with Fort Worth's sister cities Reggio Emilia, Italy; Trier, Germany; Nagaoka, Japan; Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Swaziland; and soon to be Guiyang, China to promote citizen diplomacy as a pathway to peace.