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The city of Stevens Point looks very different than it's Russian sister city, Rostov Veliky. But Susan Zach says though they look different, they have much in common.
"It's a very friendly place like Stevens Point," Zach told Newsline 9.
Zach is co-chair of the Russian sister city project. That's a relationship citizens of each city began in 1983. The goal is to further cooperation between the United States and Russia. It's done using projects like teacher exchanges and urban problem-solving brainstorming sessions.
"There really is a ripple effect from that and I do believe they see the U.S. in a different way," Zach said.
In August 2012, Zach teamed up with 10 other residents of Stevens Point to make the nearly 5,000 mile journey to this ancient city northeast of Moscow.
Zach says the environmental resources found in Stevens Point have become one of the biggest points of discussion between the American and Russian delegations.
"I think the environment is something really critical at this point. We have great resources here in Stevens Point with the UW-SP and the College of Natural Resources," Zach said.
Though environmental topics have become the main issue to discuss in recent years, Zach says it's just part of something bigger the sister city project is keeping alive and well.
"The important thing is we have a dialogue together," Zach said.
Identifying a common goal, between two countries with quite a history.
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