Peoria, Jwaneng Teaming Up

Peoria may soon be getting another sister.

A delegation from Jwaneng, Botswana was in town all week to check out Peoria's government, infrastructure, and businesses. Officials hope Jwaneng will join Friedrichshafen, Germany; Benxi, China; Clonmel, Ireland; and Aitou, Lebanon on the list of Peoria's sister cities.

The relationship started in the winter of 2012, when a group of Peoria officials visited Jwaneng, home of one of the world's largest diamond mines. When they toured the mine, they instantly saw the impact Peoria had on Jwaneng's local economy.

"There was nearly half a billion dollars' worth of Caterpillar equipment and Komatsu equipment at that mining operation," said City Manager Patrick Urich.

He says the presence of CAT and Komatsu equipment in Jwaneng makes a sister city agreement mutually beneficial.

"Mining is very important, obviously, for their national economy. And Caterpillar and Komatsu having an impact in the mining arena makes it very important for us as well," said Urich.

Urich says the delegation is set to sign an agreement Friday evening. The arrangement will be formalized by the City Council in the near future.

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