Davenport officials exchange ideas with group from Mexico

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The City of Davenport shared an exchange of educational and economic ideas as well as a cultural experience with a group from Colon, Mexico.

During the week of December 6, 2013 a 9-person delegation from Colon was hosted by Mayor Bill Gluba and the Davenport Sister Cities Committee.

Colon’s mayor, the director of Tourism from the State of Queretaro, the CEOs of World Power of Mexico and other city officials visited the area.

Mayor Bill Gluba said the visit helps foster relationships globally to promote Davenport as a place to do business and to visit.

The group visited St. Ambrose University and Augustana College, toured the German American Heritage Center as well as John Deere’s Headquarters, visited area museums, and more during their stay.

Gluba said Colon is similar to Davenport and with mutual cooperation they could build economic development.

“We're in a global economy all related anymore through trade and international trade and cultural exchanges,” Gluba said. “The more things we can do to promote Davenport and the Quad Cities in the world community, I think the better off we are both from the standpoint of economic development and jobs.”

On Saturday the group was hosted at Davenport City Hall for a presentation on economic development opportunities in the region.