Toledo getting a new sister city in Germany

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Toledo is getting a new sister ... a sister city, that is. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Toledo City Council President Matt Cherry, and Coburg, Germany Bürgermeisterin (Vice Mayor) Frau Dr. Birgit Weber will sign a new sister cities agreement between the two municipalities during a ceremony in Toledo Tuesday morning.

“It is essential, in today’s world, that we celebrate our cultural differences and seek to learn from our shared experiences,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “Toledo and Coburg are strengthening our economic, educational, and cultural ties, and we are working together to support the growth and well-being of both communities.”

According to the mayor's office, Toledo and Coburg began exploring the possibility of a sister cities agreement back in 2016 and began engaging in a cultural exchange. The Coburg city council unanimously voted in favor of entering into a twinning agreement with the city of Toledo on Sept. 29, 2017. The Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra performed in Coburg as the first Toledo Sister Cities delegation in June 2018.

According to the Toledo Sister Cities, "A sister city is the outcome of a process whereby elected representatives at the same level of government in two countries sign together an official agreement expressing the intent that they and their citizens work together for common goals for their mutual benefit, such as economic, educational, civic, and cultural projects. The involvement of local government makes sister cities a unique arena in which government, business and volunteers from the private sector can work together."

Toledo has previously established Sister City agreements with 10 other cities, all in different countries. This will be the second Toledo Sister City in Germany.