Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pittsburgh receives delegation from Sister City Wuhan; Mayor Peduto to visit in 2015.

Pittsburgh received a delegation from Wuhan, China, on Friday, according to a December 12 release:
The delegation will meet [Friday] 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.
And mayor Bill Peduto will travel to Wuhan next year:
The city announced [on Friday] that Mr. Peduto will travel to Wuhan, China, next year to deliver "a keynote address on urban transformation" at a conference in the central Chinese city of 10 million that straddles the Yangtze River.
Pittsburgh and Wuhan have been sister cities since September 1982. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article from March 29 of that year mentions some of the similarities between Pittsburgh and "China's steel capital":
The central China city also has a geographic similarity to Pittsburgh--it, too, has three rivers.