Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane received a unique invitation to attend the Third U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference Healthy Cities Forum in Nanchang, China, where he was awarded a for his support of a “healthy” Sister city relationship.
The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries extended the fully sponsored invitation to Mayor Lane due to a successful Sister City relationship with Haikou, China, according to a press release. A relationship signed by Mayor Lane with the Haikou mayor in 2010.
Scottsdale and Haikou have had a strong program of exchanges since 2010 in medicine, art, student education, diplomatic, and business visitor promotion exchanges.
Additionally, Mayor Lane was also invited because of his reputation with Scottsdale of promoting healthy living by its citizens and visitors. At the forum, he spoke on “Promoting Sustainable Development By Building Healthy Cities.”
One of his focuses was on Scottsdale’s ability to promote healthy outdoor activities given its outstanding natural environment and the citizens effort to protect it, the release stated.
He noted that the Scottsdale citizens’ greatest single effort of contribution to their healthy environment has been the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This natural preserve comprises 25 percent of the city’s geographic area and provides an outlet for healthy outdoor activities including hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and biking.
He linked this all with the medical facilities in Scottsdale and the medical research going on in Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor.
A final point he made was that these qualities of life in Scottsdale encourage medical tourism.
Attendees were impressed with his remarks and some concluded that a visit to Scottsdale was something they needed to plan, the release stated.
At the conclusion of his remarks, Mayor Lane received an award for his support of a “healthy” Sister city relationship with Haikou, China.
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association has been designated by the Scottsdale City Council to manage the city’s sister city programs. More information about Scottsdale Sister Cities Association and opportunities to become involved are available at www.scottsdalesistercities.com.
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