The International Cultural-Educational Association (ICEA) in partnership with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (www.auc.org.ua/en) hosted a group of municipal leaders and business owners, from the city of Brovary (Kiev region) participated in a program conducted in the Chicago area and Rockford, Illinois and New York during May 12 –19, 2012.
The program provided presentations and meetings hosted by collaborating organizations, including the Mayor’s office, Rockford College and Sister City Committee, which provided opportunities to network and develop new business relationships.
The objectives of our program were to introduce members of the Ukrainian delegation to recreational facilities and educational institutions for young people and new initiatives in the Sister Cities International Program.
This group was interested in revitalizing the long standing but dormant relationship between Brovary and Rockford as sister cities. They also discussed about a cultural exchange program between the two communities. Members of Ukrainian delegation are Mayor of Brovary city, Kiev region – Igor Sapozhko, his wife Maryna Sapozhko and doghter Diana;
Brovary city councilman – Andrii Krat and Igor Troshchenko, his wife Olga Troshchenko and son Vyacheslav.
We are very grateful to the Rockford community leaders for meeting with the delegation from the Brovary, Ukraine and arranging presentations and tours.
Our thank you to: Charles J Howard – Director – Environmental Contractors, Inc., Red Montgomery – Director of Community & Economic Development, the city of Rockford, Charles Box – the former mayor of Rockford, Dennis W Johnson – President, Retired hc Johnson Press Rockford, IL., Stephanie Quinn – Executive Vice President and Dean of the Rockford College.