Mecklenburg Partnership celebrated 20th Anniversary!

On January 19, 2014 the partnership between Germany and the Queen City, Charlotte, celebrated their20th anniversary at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Upon this celebration of an excellent working partnership Catherine Hansen, the chief of protocol for the city of Charlotte, said; “They believed in us and we believed in them and, mutually, we made it happen”.

Mecklenburg County was originally named after the Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George the III of England.

In the early 1990s, Mecklenburg County formed a cultural and educational exchange program with the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. During these 20 years of partnership, both government institutions helped each other out. The County was able to contribute to the restoration and renovation of the famous Mirow Castle, where Queen Charlotte was born in the 18th century.
“There’s an American footprint over there and this demonstrates the affiliation between the two government institutions” said Klaus Becker, the honorary consul of Germany.

Main thing in this partnership, furthermore, preserves the important link to the history of Mecklenburg County and has to be upheld, stated Parks Helms, a former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

For right now, there are more than 150 German companies operating in the Charlotte area, which is clearly a benefit of the ongoing international partnership.
Best regards
und viele Grüße aus Charlotte
Reinhard von Hennigs