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Leaders from Republic of Georgia to study urban planning in Fort Worth

July 21,2022

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The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of Congress, will send a delegation of urban planners from the Republic of Georgia to Fort Worth July 22-30 through the Open World program.

The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth through a team led by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa.

Before their arrival in Fort Worth, the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for urban planning and preservation with city staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Near Southside Inc, and Downtown Fort Worth Inc. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet-era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World program, administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts.

Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance and citizen diplomacy, while being hosted by American families.