By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver
(Aurora, Colo.) The Aurora City Council agreed Monday during a study session to advance establishing a sister city in El Salvador.
The council will vote formally next week on forging a relationship with Ilopango, El Salvador. Mayor Mike Coffman, who visited El Salvador last year on a city-sponsored trip with councilmembers Juan Marcano and Alison Coombs, said he firmly supports the alliance. “It makes perfect sense to me to move forward this,” the mayor said. Nobody objected to moving the item to the next council meeting.
“I believe fundamentally that we ought to focus our sister city relationships on countries from which we have a significant immigrant population,” Coffman said. The city’s immigrant communities in order of size are Mexican, Ethiopian, El Salvadoran, and Korean.
Mayor Pro Tem Bergan wanted clarification on a previous relationship the city had with the Salvadoran city of Antiguo Cuscatlan. Karlyn Shorb, head of Aurora Sister Cities International, told her that relationship basically dissolved after that Salvadoran city seemed to lose interest.
Shorp said Ilopango’s leadership is “very motivated” to become sister cities with Aurora. Bergan also wanted to know whether the relationship will cost Aurora anything. Shorb said it will not.
Exchanging information about infrastructure, cryptocurrency
Aurora could give Ilopango input on goals such as:
· Developing a financial and economic center.
· Increasing tourism development in Ilopango Lake.
· Creating a Central American Technological Center.
· Developing infrastructure.
While Ilopango can learn a lot from Aurora, it is by no means a one-way street. Ilopango, for example, uses cryptocurrency investments to fund city services. That is something Aurora could learn more about.