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Adler visiting London, Sweden, Ireland
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Jo Clifton
Mayor Steve Adler has taken advantage of the direct flight between Austin and London and will be getting in a little sightseeing as well as promoting Austin. First, he is visiting Austin’s sister city, the London Borough of Hackney. According to David Colligan of the Economic Development Department, Adler will be touring Hackney’s town hall as well as the Olympic Park. The department has arranged for Adler to meet with members of several high-tech companies as well as officials from Hackney Community College and various public offices. On Wednesday, Adler and his wife, Diane Land, will be traveling to Sweden, where they will dine with a representative of the Swedish government. Mayoral assistant Barbara Shack told the Austin Monitor that although the mayor is paying for his own trip, members of the Sister Cities Program helped arrange for his tours. The mayor will visit the capital city of Stockholm, where he will attend a meeting on the social entrepreneurial community. Adler and Land will also be visiting Lulea, Sweden, which Shack described as a sort of musical sister city. (Hackney, on the other hand, excels in science, she said.) In Lulea, Adler will talk about collaboration for growth, according to his schedule. Adler will also be visiting Dublin, since the Council has expressed an interest in establishing a sister city relationship with that city. After arriving in Dublin, the mayor is scheduled to tour the Guinness storehouse as well as Trinity College and various tech incubators and businesses. He will meet with the Lord Mayor and members of the Dublin City Council. He is scheduled to return to Austin on July 8.
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