CONCORD – Representatives from Freeport, Bahamas were in town this week finalizing plans to develop a relationship with the City of Concord.
At Thursday evening’s city council meeting, Freeport was officially named as Concord's sister city.
“We started the relationship a few years ago. It’s been difficult for us to maintain it for various reasons, but the collective council in this term has agreed to move forward and renew the friendship and talk about partnership ideas,” said Don Cornish, an Island Administrator for the City of Freeport.
The idea of a sister city is to create and strengthen partnerships between cities in the United States and those in other countries.
According to Sister Cities International, “the organization strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.”
“One of the things we want to make sure to really go deeper to become true sister cities and create true synergy,” Cornish said. “We are here to talk about ideas on how we can move forward. We plan on nurturing this relationship and ensuring we have representatives on our staff who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day relationship, each day, not just when it is convenient.”
Concord city council members gave pins to the Freeport officials to signify the partnership.
Freeport leaders presented a flag of the Bahamas.
“I would like to say thank you to the mayor and city council for facilitating our visit, and to all of the sectors that came together to make this happen,” Cornish said.
Former Concord Mayor Scott Padgett was instrumental in landing Freeport as a sister city.
Freeport is the second largest city in the Bahamas, and the largest on the Grand Bahama Island.
Concord also has Killarney, Ireland and Siena, Tuscany, Italy as sister cities.