Sister City Delegation
The 2015 delegation to Ilmenau, Germany returned from their week long journey with lots of new connections, excitement, and stories.
This delegation included dignitaries from the City, like the Mayor, Councilmen, the City Manager, the Economic Development Direct, and the IT Officer, as well as technology gurus from Blue Ash businesses. Other organizations represented were ProSource, Vertical Solutions, Inc., HCDC Economic Development, Vora Ventures, itelligence, BDO USA, The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, and Sycamore Community Schools.
The 2015 program was heavily focused on the technological world, and familiarizing the American delegates with the German information technology mindset. The first three days of the trip filled with company tours, business dinners, and informational meetings. The last three days were occupied by a Parliament tour, the Day of German Unity ceremony event, and the designation of Blue Ash Park.
After the reunification 25 years ago, the people of Ilmenau had to reinvent themselves by establishing new businesses and education centers. The City has made huge progress within those fields and has created opportunities for collaborative education and the development of technological businesses. The businesses with which the Blue Ash delegation met all had between 20-40 employees and many were direct products of Ilmenau Technical University.
On the final full day of the trip, Blue Ash Park was dedicated in Ilmenau. It is a symbol of friendly environments, and a celebration of our relationship. In a speech given at the dedication, Mayor Lee Czerwonka said, “Today, we are happy to continue celebrating with you at the opening of Blue Ash Square. As a municipality, we highly value the connections that happen within a park space. The natural environment is disarming for our residents, and offers a friendly environment where they can expand relationships and enjoy the outdoors. A park is a place where people gather to celebrate, and we are honored that our name will be attached to this.”