Elkhart welcomes Chinese sister city to town this week


Elkhart is welcoming their counterparts in China this week.

As part of their newest Sister Cities International relationship, Elkhart officials will welcome a delegation from Tongxiang City, China on Wednesday.

The partnership is no accident: Tongxiang City is also a thriving recreational vehicle hub in China and, as the Elkhart Truth reports, already receives a significant amount of trade from Elkhart County companies.

Wednesday’s events include a tour of Notre Dame, along with:

• 3 p.m. – a welcome ceremony will take place at INOVA Federal Credit Union’s headquarters at 358 S. Elkhart Ave., hosted by CEO Dallas Bergl.

• 4 p.m. – the group will move to the northwest corner of Lundquist-Bicentennial Park at 100 S. Elkhart Ave. Elkhart will dedicate the park as Tongxiang Park in honor of the cities’ cooperation.

• 6:30 p.m. – the group will get a tour of the Lerner Theatre led by Neese.
• 7 p.m. – the group will gather for dinner in the theatre.