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Des Moines Wins Hotel Over Tacoma Thanks to Sister City Relationship
We read from the Business Examiner that the city of Des Moines recently landed a $45 million hotel project that could have ended up in Tacoma.
According to the BE, the Chinese financed hotel ended up in Des Moines thanks to a relationship-building trip taken by a council member from the Washington city to its Chinese sister city.
The Des Moines city council member met with the owner of the hotel he was staying in, and things evolved from there. The BE calls it a “random meeting,” but this is exactly the kind of opportunity sister city relationships are designed to facilitate.
Tacoma has 12 sister cities; what possibilities are out there?
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