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Mayors Diossa, Grebien Heading to Colombia to Explore Cultural Exchanges

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Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien are slated to visit Arjona, Colombia, this week to explore cultural exchanges. ...

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien are slated to visit Arjona, Colombia, this week to explore cultural exchanges.

"Central Falls has a rich Colombian heritage and I look forward to exploring ways to strengthening our relationship to make Central Falls stronger - specifically regarding economic development, education, and urban planning," Diossa said in a statement.

Grebien said he's excited to build on Pawtucket's sister-city relationship with Arjona.

"This visit will provide a unique opportunity, not only for the city to grow our cultural ties with Arjona, but also for the City to explore new and innovative ideas for both education and economic development," Grebien said. "The world that we live in today is truly a global community and is becoming more so by the day. During his visit to Pawtucket, Mayor Cogollo, had the chance to sit down with local business leaders, policy makers and school officials to share best practices. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from their best practices during my visit to Colombia and to see how may be able to apply those practices to improve the quality of life for Pawtucket’s residents. Pawtucket proudly celebrates its rich cultural diversity and strengthening ties beyond the borders of Pawtucket will certainly serve to benefit the City.” 

The two mayors are slated to leave the US Tuesday morning.

Diossa's 2012 victory marked a wider burst of political activity by Colombian-American Rhode Islanders. It was also the first time that Central Falls, a majority Latino city, elected a Latino mayor.  

Diossa will be traveling with his counterpart from Pawtucket, Don Grebien.
Diossa will be traveling with his counterpart from Pawtucket, Don Grebien.