Mayor Jerry Dyer looks forward to bicycling as he leads an 11-member city of Fresno delegation this week to its sister city Münster, Germany.
The weeklong tour starts with a 15-hour flight Wednesday morning. The delegation will travel through Dallas on the way to Frankfurt, Germany before taking a train to Münster.
“I think it’s going to be a great trip. You know, with with any trip, you always dread leaving. But then when you’re either done with it or you’re in the middle of it, you recognize the value,” Dyer said.
The itinerary includes a visit to a electric car battery cell factory, a forum on sustainable housing, and discussions about strategic mobility. The trip will include several meetings with Münster and German leaders.
And, a bike ride with Münster’s mayor.
“We’re also going to be looking at the way that they do housing and how in particular they have more of a focus on density and utilizing alternative transportation like bicycles,” Dyer said.
Dyer said he hopes to learn more about housing, economic development, and how to make Fresno a more bicycle-friendly city.
This will be a reciprocative visit. Last year, a 15-member delegation from Münster visited Fresno. The Germans will be invited back for a bicycle transportation summit in Fresno in October.
Councilmen Also Going
City councilmen Luis Chavez and Mike Karbassi will also make the visit.
“I expect to learn a whole heck of a lot about the way other people do things and bring some best practices back. But what I’m most excited about are the industry tours and connections we’re going to make,” Karbassi said.
The trip officially ends next Wednesday. Karbassi said he plans to participate in the Aug. 24 city council meeting remotely, staying in Germany. Dyer says he will miss the meeting. There was no word from Chavez on his plans.
Fresno City Council president Tyler Maxwell was scheduled to travel, but had to cancel for an undisclosed reason.
The trip will be paid for by public tax dollars. The city council already budgeted $50,000 for sister city travel. Karbassi said the German government will also subsidize a portion of the trip.
A list of Fresno city officials traveling to Germany, as provided by the mayor’s office:
- Mayor Jerry Dyer
- Kelli Furtado, Mayor Dyer’s chief of staff
- Sontaya Rose, city communications director
- John Ellis, city government affairs manager
- Lance Lippincott, city economic development director
- Jill Gormley, city public works and transportation planning manager
- Councilman Mike Karbassi
- Councilman Luis Chavez
- Alyssa Stevens, Councilman Karbassi’s chief-of-staff
- Andrew Kloose, Councilman Karbassi’s council assistant
- Jim Verros, senior adviser to the city council
Also, Clovis City Councilman Drew Bessinger will join the delegation. He tells GV Wire he is already there.
As provided by the mayor’s office:
Friday | August 18
9:00- 11:00 Battery City & Renewable Energy University of Münster
Welcome by Rektor Prof. Wessels
Battery Research Center
Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET)
Introduction Battery Research, Managing Director Falko Schappacher
Battery City Münster, Cluster Manager Battery Systemsff Yves Prybisch
11:30- 12:30 Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production (FFB)
Site Visit – Battery Production Plant
1:00- 2:00 Lunch IHK Nord Westfalen
IHK= CCI – Chamber of Commerce North Westphalia
2:00- 3:30 Introduction Economic Region Münsterland
5:00- 6:00 Official Welcome to Münster by Mayor Markus Lewe, Peace Treaty Hall
6:00- 9:00 Twin City Officials Reception With representatives of Münster’s Sister Cities
Saturday | August 19
11:00-12:00 Twin City Panel Public Debate about Peace, Outdoor Stage, Salzst. 10
Youth will interview Twin City leaders. Student groups will ask 5 general questions of all mayors on issues such as Peace and the 375th Anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia.
12:30- 1:30 Twin City Lunch
Mayors to eat with the youth groups and have general conversation.
2:00- 3:00 City Museum Tour
5:00-7:00 Twin City Games – Public Event, Münster University Sportsground
Presentation of multicultural sport teams, active involvement of spectators
7:30- 8:30 Twin City Dinner Opportunity to mingle with representatives from Münster’s Sister Cities
Sunday | August 20
9:30 Twin City Guided City Walk , Münster City Hall
375 Years Westfalia Peace
12:00- 1:00 Zoo
Tour of Meranti Hall, the world’s first 100% renewable energy operated tropical center.
1:00-3:00 Münster Muhlenhof
Guided tour of historic settlement consisting of 30 large and small buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries that allow visitors to get a feel for living conditions and working conditions of the Münster region during that time period.
6:30 Walk to St. Lambert’s Church
7:00 St. Lambert’s Church Tower Tour
An example of Westphalian late Gothic architecture
Monday | August 21
Sustainable City Development
9:00 Session 1 – Infrastructure, Sustainability, Housing, City Hall
Hosts: Matthias Bartmann, Birgit Wildt
City of Münster: overview, targets & challenges (Presenter: Jörg Krause)
Climate/Energy Transition (Presenter: Birgit Wildt)
(Social) housing & revitalization harbor (Presenter: Matthias Bartmann)
12:00- 1:30 Session 2 – Farming & Food Processing Industry (Enno Fuchs)
Hafenkäserei – Meet & Greet CEO Dr. Daniel Asselmann (includes lunch)
2:00- 3:00 Site Visit – Harbor Revitalization
Münster Inland Harbor, formerly for coal transport from the North Sea, is being renovated.
Host: Jörg Krause
3:00- 6:00 Session 3 – Public Safety / Münster Police
Tuesday | August 22
Mobility Transition / Transportation Summit
9:00- 10:30 City Strategy Mobility Concepts City Hall
City of Münster overview (Jeff Marengwa)
Münster as Bike Capital (Max Stewen)
City of Fresno Mobility Concept (Jill Gormley)
10:30- 12:00 Site Visit – Mobility Hub Main Train Station
Walk to HBF/Radstation
2:00 Mayors Bike Ride
“Münster Promenade”Mayor Dyer, Mayor Lewe, U.S. Consul General Pauline Kao
3:00 Welcome by University Prorektor Dr. Monika Stoll, Schloss Munster
4:00- 5:30 Panel with U.S. General Consul Pauline Kao, City Hall
Sustainable mobility concepts/Benefits of international exchange and collaboration
6:00-8:00 Reception: Transatlantic Urban Diplomacy, City Hall, Rüstkammer
With U.S. General Counsul Pauline Kao
Mayor Lewe Speech. Mayor Dyer Speech
Present Mayor Lewe with Key to the City
Wednesday | August 23