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Mar 02

City Unveils Street Sign to Honor Sister City

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 10:06 AM by Communications Department

4142156_origA 16-member delegation from Neyagawa, Japan arrives in Newport News this Saturday, March 3, in honor of the City’s oldest sister city partnership established in 1982.  Among the many events the delegation has planned is the unveiling of a decorative “street sign” dedicated to Newport News’ five international partnerships.  

“Many citizens, young and old, have benefited from our Sister City partnerships over the past 35 years.  Hopefully, many more residents and business owners will see this street sign and realize that they too can participate in future exchanges and activities,” noted Councilwoman Sharon P. Scott who represents the North District, Newport News. 

“Sister Cities acts as international arm of the City of Newport News”, states Kate Helwig, SCNN’s Executive Director. “Our mission is to offer cultural, educational and business exchanges that benefit the community. We are a bridge for our citizens to the world. In today’s competitive global economy, we hope people will reach out and take advantage of this tool.”

All are invited to attend the sign reveal on Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at the City Center fountains in the area between Tucanos Brazilian Grill and Aromas Café. In addition to revealing a panel for Neyagawa, the decorative street sign will display the names of additional partnerships in Taizhou (Jiangsu) China, Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) Germany, Ziyang (Sichuan) China and Saint Nazaire (Pays de la Loire) France. 

The visiting delegation consists of 9 youth and 7 adults. Accommodations are provided by local “Host Families.” The high school aged delegates will attend area High Schools with host students while the adults tour CNU and two elementary schools. The entire delegation will enjoy visits to Newport News attractions such as the Virginia Living Museum, Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center, Lee Hall and Endview plantations. 

Neyagawa is located within the greater Osaka metropolitan area. It has a population of about 240,000 people. Neyagawa is named for the Neya River which runs through its central region. It is a city where history runs deep. Its hills are dotted with Paleolithic (Pre-14,000 BC) and Jomon (14,000 BC -300 BC) era ruins. 

The Newport News Sister City program was incorporated as SCNN. Inc. - a 501 (c) non-profit in 1999 whose mission is to build and strengthen international cooperation, understanding and development between the citizens of the City of Newport News and those of the world. Learn more at SCNN is a member of Sister Cities International (SCI), the nation’s foremost citizen diplomacy movement representing over 500 U.S. cities with more than 2,000 partnerships in over 140 countries. More information is available at and on Facebook