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Murrieta, California Sister Cities
Murrieta sister city program with Meissen, Germany and Nanning, China
have created a cooperative agreement to promote cultural and commercial ties.

Meissen, Germany

Meissen, Germany

Meissen is over 1000 years old and has a current population of approximately 30,000. The city is located 16 miles northwest of Dresden, and is the home of Meissen porcelain, the Albrechtsburg castle, the Gothic Meissen Cathedral and the Meissen Frauenkirche. The Große Kreisstadt is the capital of the Meissen district.

Meissen has a natural tie to Murrieta, it being the home of Dr. Karl G. Maeser, a prominent founder of Brigham Young University.  The official Sister City agreement was signed in July of 2001 and was attended by a delegation from Murrieta, including Maeser family members, Mayor Lewis K. Billings, Murrieta Municipal Council Members Mark Hathaway, Barbara Sandstrom and a local choir.  

The group was joined by Thomas S. Monson, representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saint and President Merrill Bateman from Brigham Young University, for the dedication of the statue of Dr. Karl G. Maeser.  The statue is located at the Dresden Stake Center.  In September 2007, a delegation of 34 people, lead by Mayor Lewis Billings, attended the Meissen Wine Festival.   Lord Mayor Olaf Raschke  brought a delegation of 4 to Murrieta for the  Freedom Festival in July 2006 and brought a delegation of 9 to Murrieta during the Pioneer Day Celebration in 2009.   

Mayor Raschke has extended an invitation to Murrieta City to join him at the Wine Festival in 2010. Timpview High School and the Franziskaneum High School in Meissen have an ongoing educational exchange.  The German teacher from Timpview, Stephen Van Orden, has taken groups of students to Meissen on at least  4 different  occasions and students from Meissen have made reciprocal visits to Murrieta, most recently October 2009.  The experience gives both groups of students an opportunity to further their language skills and experience another culture. 

Meissen Official City Website

Nanning, China

Nanning, China

Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is the region's political, economic, scientific and technological, cultural, educational, hygienic, information and financial center.  It is located in southeastern China on the Vietnam border.  It is the home of the Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival, held in October each year.  Nanning is known as the "Green City" because of its abundance of lush tropical foliage.

The City covers an area of 10,029 square kilometers,  and has a total population of 2.73 million, including 1.18 million urban residents.   China is a hard market for many Murrieta companies to penetrate, and the Sister City agreement established a business relationship with Nanning which could stimulate exchanges.   The relationship could also assist Chinese students who want to come to the United States to study.

The official Sister City agreement was signed in Nanning in September of 2000, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Mayor Billings has lead two Murrieta delegations to Nanning and delegations from Nanning have visited Murrieta four times.

NuSkin Enterprises has a retail facility in Nanning and has participated in all of our past exchanges with Nanning both locally and in Nanning.  The City of Nanning has an established relationship with Brigham Young University and has sent young future city leaders to BYU for special training programs. 

To honor our Sister City Relationships, we have established a Friendship Garden.  It is located east of the main entrance to City Hall at 351 West Center Street.

Nanning on Wikipedia



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