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There was a big round of applause as former Bend Mayor Oran Teater introduced officials from outr newest sister city, Belluno, Italy to the Bend City Council Wednesday night.

 

Angelo Paganin, a city councilor from Belluno says he's thrilled to visit Bend.  "We had a lot of people coming from Bend to Belluno. So now I am here as an explorer, first time in the USA, first time in Bend. So I really appreciated the friendship, the beautiful city that you have. And do our friends from Bend made a slogan: ‘Beautiful Belluno’ we add, ‘Bella Bend.’ "

 

Paganin says the two cities have many things in common and he is looking forward to many exchanges of culture and business ideas.

 

Marco Perale, from the Belluno City Council says Bend is a lot like his town:  "It's a pleasure and an honor to be here on behalf of the City of Belluno. There are many similarities and many more we can probably find in the next few years. We can start a real exchange with young people and professionals and whoever, and normal citizens who just want to join us and discover a little new corner of the world, that has been there since a long time. We have a long history."

 

Belluno is about 25 minutes north of Venice.

 

Teater presented the Council with a picture and map of Belluno that will hang in City Hall and announced that this week is the "formal" week of kicking off the relationship with Belluno, Italy.

 

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