Office of Mayor William Peduto
Pittsburgh Hosting Delegation From Wuhan, China
Cities strengthening their Sister City ties to aid business and cultural development

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 12, 2014) A delegation of government leaders from Wuhan, China, is visiting the Mayor’s Office today and extending an invitation to Mayor William Peduto to attend an international conference in Wuhan next September.

The Mayor is expected to deliver a keynote address on urban transformation at the 2015 session.

The delegation will meet this afternoon with Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, Innovation & Performance Chief Debra Lam, Chief of Urban Affairs Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chinese entrepreneurs, and community and education leaders from the Pittsburgh region. Michele Heryford, the Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting on the educational exchanges. Renee Piechocki, Director of the Office of Public Art for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will be presenting on the public art scene in Pittsburgh as well as giving the Chinese delegation a public art tour. Other community groups have also supported the planning and welcome for the delegation, including The Idea Foundry and the Pittsburgh Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

The visit by the Wuhan delegation follows one to the Chinese city by Chief Lam in October. Lam traveled to China to make a presentation to the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) in Chengdu; and to meet with leaders in Wuhan, including the city’s Development and Reform Commission, Science and Technology Bureau, and the US Consul General; and to visit the Wuhan East Lake High Tech Development Zone.

Chief Lam and Wuhan officials also launched plans to strengthen the Sister City relationship the cities first launched in 1982. Going forward the cities plan to collaborate across themes including: arts and education, urban transformation, innovation, and sustainable development.

Mayor Peduto is a longtime supporter of Sister City programs and has called for further ties with the cities to both support business growth and build cultural understanding.

Today’s meeting is not open to the media but Chief Lam is available for interviews.

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