ADELANTO, Calif. — Adelanto has entered into a Sister City relationship with the South Korean City of Hadong.
“We share something in common,” said Youn Sang Ki, Mayor of Hadong. “Both our cities are in rapidly developing regions and would benefit from exchanging development ideas on urbanization at an international level.”
Mayor Kerr agrees, saying that “both cities expect the Sister City relationship would also create economic development opportunities.” Hadong marks the second time in a year that Adelanto has worked with Korean representatives to help spur economic development.
In March of 2017, Korean-American company Aircore Cookware obtained a Conditional Use Permit to construct a 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility in Adelanto. Mayor Rich Kerr said at the time that “This isn’t just a pipe dream, this project represents a $45-$50 million dollar investment in our community and will bring 250 full-time jobs to the High Desert.”
“We’re excited to have created this partnership with Hadong and appreciate the interest the city has shown doing business in Adelanto,” said Mayor Rich Kerr. “South Korea is one of America’s closest allies and greatest friends.” Kerr served in Korea during his time in the United States Marines.
Hadong, is a port city located in the southern tip of the Gyeongnam Province in the Republic of Korea, is often referred to as “the Alps of Korea” because of its extensive mountain ranges and tourism industry. The city is also known for its ship building industry and for being the largest green tea grower in the world—including the supplying Starbucks coffee shops in the U.S.
“The two cities are different enough to bring new exchanges and similar enough to share ideas about existing situations as one of fastest developing small cities in the world,” added Sang Ki.
“Sister Cities are a diplomatic platform to promote cooperation and direct engagement with its global partners on issues of mutual interest, particularly around business and commerce, tourism, education and culture,” said Jessie Flores, Adelanto’s Economic Development Consultant.
The Sister Cities program was created by President Eisenhower in 1956 where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships.
For more information about the Sister City arrangement between the cities of Adelanto and Hadong, contact Jessie Flores, Economic Development Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org (760) 885-0037.
(City of Adelanto news release)