FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A new sign was added at Science Central Thursday. It marks directions and distances Fort Wayne is to its four sister cities.
As the sign shows, the Summit City is 7,335 miles from Taizhou, China, 4,375 miles from Gera, Germany, 6,441 miles from Takaoka, Japan and 4,576 miles from Plock, Poland. Established in 1976, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. looks to advance friendship and peace through educational, cultural and economic exchanges, according to its website.
“We’re excited to have this sign at our facility,” said Martin S. Fisher, Executive Director of Science Central. “We’re all about learning in a fun environment, and the sign will teach our visitors about our place in the world relative to our sister cities. We also hope that our guests will use it as a reason to investigate other aspects of our sister cities, for example their geography, economy, and culture.”
Mayor Tom Henry said this sends a great message to the community.
The partnership with the cities allow teachers and students to visit, some staying for days, others staying for an entire semester.
Henry said it’s a way to let students who will be tomorrow’s leaders “know what other cities and other countries around the world are offering.”
Fort Wayne artists, dancers and musicians visit the sister cities to share and learn from each other’s craft.
Having the partnership with the four sister cities gives health care professionals the opportunity to learn more about economic development.
“We have one of our hospital systems in this city beginning to move nurses and doctors back and forth,” Henry explained. “There are all kinds of opportunities for sharing and that’s what we’re doing.”
Fort Wayne is also working to establish a Friendship City with Mawlamyine in Myanmar. Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. hopes to be able to add Mawlamyine as its fifth sister city by the end of the year.