The cities of Lowell, Massachusetts and Kalamata in Greece decided recently to enter into a sister-city agreement which will hopefully bring the two cities a great deal closer, despite their geographical separation.
Recently, a group from the community of Lowell, headed by city Councilor and former mayor Bill Samaras, had a long video conference with Athanasios Vasilopoulos, the mayor of Kalamata, along with deputy mayors from the Kalamata municipality and Greek Consul General Stratos Efthemios.
The officials discussed what unites the two cities, which are of similar size and population and share common cultural values.
During the video conference, which was conducted in both Greek and English, the two sides pledged to initiate all the necessary procedures to build a promising future of common activities and missions which will bring the peoples of Lowell and Kalamata closer together.
The focus between these two communities will be placed, of course, in the tourism sector but also in other areas, such as information sharing and the renovation of old industrial mill buildings — which both cities have — as well as scholarships and student exchanges.
The next step in forging this new relationship between the American and Greek cities will take place in April, when a delegation from Kalamata will travel to Lowell, Massachusetts.
In June, the respective official American delegation from Lowell will visit the Greek city of Kalamata.