Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich recently signed an official proclamation to reactivate Green Bay’s sister-city relationship with Irapuato, Mexico. Green Bay and Irapuato formally began their sister-city relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on August 25th, 2005.
The relationship was active in multiple sectors, including healthcare, waste water treatment, city planning, security, K-12 education, technical college and university exchange, business incubation, and the arts. This collaboration was most active between the years 2005 and 2014.
Irapuato’s newly elected mayor, the Honorable Lorena Alfaro, recently expressed interest in reactivating the relationship with Green Bay.
The signing and presentation of the proclamation arrived in tandem with the first joint Green Bay/Irapuato collaboration in nine years, which features one of Green Bay’s former residents and a current Sister-Cities Ambassador for the Green Bay/Irapuato relationship, Mr. Matthew Hollenbeck.
Hollenbeck was invited to show thirty architectural photographs from a recent trip to Spain at the Museo Salvador Almaraz in Irapuato, with the showing running through April 1st. Mr. Alex Zacarias, local educator, artist, documentary filmmaker and current member of the Green Bay/Irapuato working-group, represented the City of Green Bay at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in Irapuato on March 4th.