Leaders from Los Angeles have visited Manchester to sign a formal ‘friendship’ agreement between the cities.
The original modern UK city has been deemed by LA as one of the ‘greatest cities in the world’, with significant potential to enhance synergies in educational, economic and cultural spheres; with a focus on trade and investment.
It is hoped that by forming the agreement the cities will develop international cultural and sporting links and the promotion of business and tourism visitors between the two cities.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: “I am delighted to welcome our counterparts from Los Angeles council to Manchester in what will be the start of a mutually beneficial partnership. The synergies and strengths of both cities, particularly in terms of our sport, creative and media sectors present huge opportunities for promoting cultural and economic exchanges between LA and Manchester.”
Representative from LA, Councillor Tom LaBonge said: “We have much in common with Manchester, two of the largest cities of our great countries. We all need friends and we look forward to a great friendship and thank Sir Richard Leese and all our friends in Manchester”.
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “The signing of this agreement is testament to the ongoing work of promoting Manchester as a leading international location for both business and leisure. MIDAS will continue to work to develop relations with West Coast businesses and as part of the Manchester Partnership to help develop the opportunity for a direct route from Manchester Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.”
Tom LaBonge met with senior members of Manchester City Council, explored key regeneration sites and visited MediaCityUK and SportCity before attending the play ‘Everybody Loves a Winner’ at the Royal Exchange on his trip to the city on 27 July. Tom LaBonge and Sir Richard Leese signed the formal agreement at Manchester Town Hall.