First contacts with Fresno were made in the early 1980s through the Consulate General of the Federal Republic San Francisco. In July 1986, the town twinning was officially sealed in the town hall of Münster. The original idea of promoting youth exchange through this town twinning has been maintained to this day.
Especially the Münster - Fresno Partnership Association together with the Sister Cities Committee in Fresno take care of regular student exchanges and citizens' groups. In addition, there are contacts between the universities and encounters in the field of music and sports. Since 2015, there has been a cooperation between the 1st AFC Münster Mammuts e.V. and the Bulluard Knights - the American football team of Bullard High School in Fresno. The "Touchdown in Fresno" programme promotes the exchange of youth players and coaches.
The two city administrations maintain a close relationship. They facilitate expert exchanges and trade delegation visits in various areas of public service and regional business.
Photo gallery: Trip to California
Münster intensifies the exchange of expertise with California
Münster and Enschede will intensify the exchange of expertise with their Californian twin cities Fresno and Palo Alto. In concrete terms, the city quartet wants to learn from each other about topics regarding ‘the redensification through affordable housing’, ‘energy-efficient public transport connection stations’, ‘safe bicycle mobility’, and ‘internal security with the police and fire brigade’ as well as topics related to other scientific and economic tasks concerning the cities’ surroundings. During a five-day delegation trip in the last week of May, in which besides Lewe also the Mayor of Enschede, Roloef Bleker, Münster’s IHK-chief executive Dr. Fritz Jaeckel, Münster’s new police commissioner Alexandra Dorndorf and the rector of WWU Münster Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels participated, the corresponding contacts were established and further expanded. First Mayor Markus Lewe: “In the contemporary age of new technologies, digital media are a very helpful tool to exchange ideas with our partners in the USA. Nevertheless, cooperation is only efficient when you first got to know and appreciate each other in person.”
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