The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and the President of the City Council, Marko Potrebica, are currently on an official visit to the United States.
On the first day of his official visit to the United States Mayor Franković met with the Mayor of Monterey, Clyde Roberson. This Californian city is a sister city of Dubrovnik and the two mayors talked about the continuation of ten years of friendship and future joint projects.
As an internationally recognized example of good co-operation, the Dubrovnik Half-Marathon was highlighted, as this event in Dubrovnik is greatly assisted by the City of Monterey.
During the meeting ideas for new cultural and sporting events were developed, institutional co-operation through the exchange of employees as well as a student exchange program between the two sister cities in cooperation with the Slavic American Cultural Organization (SACO) from nearby Watsonville.
Mayor Frankovic also addressed representatives of the Croatian community, with significant numbers coming from the area of Dubrovnik and its surroundings, at the annual charity dinner organized by the Slavic American Cultural Organization.