Sister Cities Partnering with Chambers
Because of Fort Worth’s strong sister city partnerships with Toluca, Mexico and Bandung, Indonesia, the City of Suwon, S. Korea has suggested a future relationship be established between Fort Worth and Suwon. Suwon is already sister cities with Toluca and Bandung.
To look at this possibility and gather additional information, Sister Cities has partnered with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Greater Dallas Korean Chamber of Commerce on a trade mission to Suwon September 24-28. Eight delegates will travel to Suwon led by Sister Cities Long Range Chair, Julie Johncox.
“This is our first step in determining if partnering with Suwon will be beneficial for Fort Worth. Fort Worth is eager to connect with the world and this could be very good for our city both economically and educationally,” said Ms. Johncox.
“I’ve traveled to S. Korea several times and it’s a very interesting culture with a growing economy. It could be interesting to partner with them,” said City Councilman Dennis Shingleton.
This mission and a reciprocal visit to Fort Worth by South Korean companies this Fall are being sponsored by the Suwon city government. A major city with over a million inhabitants, Suwon is an industrial center served by two motorways and the national railway network facilitating transport of commuters, tourists, and goods alike. Suwon is a major educational center, being home to 14 university campuses.