Mayor Price to Visit Fort Worth’s 1st Sister City – Reggio Emilia
It is only appropriate that Mayor Betsy Price’s first visit to one of Fort Worth’s sister cities be to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Reggio was Fort Worth’s first sister city signed in 1985. Mayor Price’s visit comes at the end of a DFW Airport mission trip to the UK.
“Fort Worth Sister Cities plays a huge role in enhancing the image of our city abroad. Our city’s future is bright and continues to focus on promoting international business, trade and tourism,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “These are the reasons I am headed to meet with our sister city partner in Italy. It’s about making those connections and putting Fort Worth on the map.”Student athletes at the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in 2009
While in Reggio, Price will visit with Mayor Vecchi and councilors to discuss potential partnership opportunities and exchanges. She will also receive information on the upcoming Tricolore Youth Sports Games that will be attended by over 100 Fort Worth student athletes as the sole representatives of the USA later this summer. This sports competition is held in Reggio every four years and Fort Worth is the only U.S. city invited because of the sister city relationship.
Located in Northern Italy, Reggio Emilia is considered one of the most prosperous and livable cities in Italy. Founded in the second century B.C., the preserved Roman roads are lined with architectural marvels and elegant cathedrals. It is the birthplace of the Italian flag and home of the world famous Max Mara Italian fashion line. Its early childhood program, Reggio Children, is a model throughout the world and its municipal theatre has been named one of the best opera houses in the world.