Chronology of Events- Green Bay/Irapuato Sister Cities Relationship

Spring 2004 - Mayor Schmitt approached the MHAC to make a recommendation on a region/city within Mexico to establish a Sister City relationship.

June 2004 - MHAC made the recommendation to Mayor Schmitt for the establishment of a Sister City relationship with the state of Guanajuato.

Summer 2004 - It was learned that the wife of the provincial governor of Guanajuato was originally from Appleton (Mrs. Faffie Siekman Romero). Alex Zacarias and Fernando Campos made contact with her during her summer visit home.

August 28, 2004 - Mayor Schmitt hosts “meet and greet” at Titletown Brewery to discuss opportunities for a relationship with Guanajuato. Recommendation was made by Fred Monique to have Governor Romero find a suitable “city level counterpart” to execute a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the chosen city.

July 12, 2005 - Governor Romero announces that the City of Irapuato has been chosen for the Sister Cities relationship with Green Bay.

August 25, 2005 - The initial Memorandum of Understanding was signed and executed in Green Bay by Mayor Schmitt, Luis Vargas Gutierrez, Mayor of Irapuato, Governor Juan Carlos Romero Hicks of the State of Guanajuato, and Jose de Jesus Felix Servin, Secretary of the Municipal Authority. The parties agreed at that time to meet again face-to-face within one year in Irapuato.

July 9, 2006- July 13, 2006 - Green Bay delegation comprised of various representatives from government, law enforcement, civic, and educational institutions travel to Irapuato for a formal signing ceremony and various face-to-face meetings with Irapuato counterparts.

July 10, 2006 - Formal signing of the permanent Sister City Agreement between Irapuato and Green Bay.