Mayor Bradley Building Relations to Uplift Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Belize and Evanston deligationMayor Darrell Bradley recently travelled with a delegation from the Belize City Council to the United States from July 31st to August 8th in order to strengthen old Sister City Relationships and build new ones. The delegation included Councilor responsible for Sister City Relations, Dion Leslie, Councilor responsible for Parks and Playgrounds, Kevin Singh, Public Relations Officer, Michelle Smith, and Director of Administration, Sharlene Rudon.

The main purpose of the trip was to connect with the Belizean community living in Chicago, Illinois. The team travelled to participate in the Belize Day in the Park 2013 which was held on Saturday, August 4th. However, being in Chicago presented Mayor Bradley with the opportunity to refresh a relationship with neighboring city, Evanston. Belize City and Evanston established a Sister City Relationship some time ago. Mayor Bradley met with Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, and the two discussed cultural exchange programs and the promotion of Belize as a tourism destination during the cold Illinois winter. The delegation also met with Jesse White, Secretary of State of Illinois, who brought his world famous tumbling team to Belize in March of this year for Bandfest. White promised to donate a couple garbage trucks to Belize, one of which will be used in Belize City.

While in Chicago the delegation attended two social events where Belizeans had the opportunity to speak directly with the Mayor about their thoughts on the city and overall direction of the country. The Belize Day in the Park was a larger gathering where more than 2,500 Belizeans attended. Mayor Bradley addressed the gathering and shared his thoughts about the Diaspora’s role in developing Belize. He told them that they don’t have to donate financially to build Belize but by simply sharing Belizean culture and upholding Belizean values they are promoting and building Belize. Mayor Bradley then stayed at the Belize City Council’s booth in the park where visitors were treated with fudge, wangla, tablata and other goodies they remember from home. The Council’s booth was one of the busiest throughout the day since many were attracted by the treats and the opportunity to take a picture with the Mayor.

The journey back home to Belize passed through Miami. Therefore, the delegation made a couple visits in Florida before heading home. They met with Lori Moseley, the Mayor of Miramar, Florida. Mayor Bradley and Moseley spoke about developing a relationship between the two cities and promoting cultural exchange and technical cooperation. Mayor Bradley then met with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce, which is a group of Belizeans who own and operate businesses in Florida. They spoke about the business climate in the United States and investment opportunities in Belize.
Before returning to Belize, Mayor Bradley signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Barry University. The MOU is aimed at providing opportunities for administrative development in the Belize City Council. Barry University will provide training for employees of the Council in the area of city administration. Mayor Bradley said the very productive trip was not financed by the Belize City Council but was a sponsored trip.