Tifton and Linyi, China, are now officially “Sister Cities” following a visit from a Linyi delegation on Friday.
Members of the Chinese delegation arrived at City Hall on Friday morning, when Linyi’s vice mayor, Liu Yanxiang, was given a key to the city. Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater presented Yanxiang a proclamation declaring the day as “Linyi City Day.”
Lynn Lovett, chairman of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, presented a program on local industry, including Tifton’s agriculture-related businesses, as well as manufacturing offerings to those interested in locating here.
City Manager Mike Vollmer said the Chinese delegation, in part, wanted to visit because people there grow peanuts and cotton and the cities have much in common.
“They wanted to come down here and visit with us and they would like a delegation of ours to visit them as well,” Vollmer said.
After the events at City Hall, delegation members toured the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus Conference Center, where they had lunch. Then, the group visited the NESPAL laboratory and other Tifton sites.
According to the city’s proclamation, “both cities realize the value of a goodwill relationship that fosters understanding and communications between two ethnically and culturally diverse cities” and “we look forward to the opportunity to observe first-hand the social progress and economic development of both cities through this ‘Sister City’ initiative and to develop insights and associations with one another that will enrich all of our lives for many years to come.”
To contact senior reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.