Kearney is looking to establish a "Sister City" relationship in the next several months.
Representatives for an organizing committee, "Kearney Sister City," led by retired UNK Director of International Education Jerry Fox and retired physician Ron Scott, presented the concept to the Kearney City Council at its Jan. 22 meeting.
"Kearney Sister City is a terrific opportunity for our community," said Fox. "Sister City relationships are much more than goodwill. This type of partnership offers Kearney many educational and economic opportunities."
Kearney Sister City has found two potential partners: Opava, Czech Republic and Dourados, Brazil. The committee looks to find cities similar to Kearney in size and with thriving business and educational communities.
Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse, vice chairman of the organizing committee, recently reached out to Opava officials, and there are tentative plans for Kearney representatives to visit Opava.
The Kearney Sister City organization will continue to operate with contributions made from individuals and businesses.