By Cheryl Brayboy, Senior Digital Journalist - email
Charlotte is quickly becoming an international city. This week, a delegation of young Russian professionals is meeting with Charlotte leaders and touring the city. The International House of Charlotte is organizing the Queen City tour. The goal of the trip is for the young Russian delegates to learn the ins and outs of Charlotte business and political practices, lessons they can take back to Russia.
The Open World Program out of the U.S. State Department is sponsoring the international exchange. The program strives to bring together professionals from Russia, Former Soviet Republics and the United States to build diplomacy and friendships. The trip also helps international professionals dispel myths and misconceptions about the United States and the American way of life.
The Russian delegates are staying with U.S. host families, including one American family from Ukraine. Johnelle Coswell, Director of Citizen Diplomacy at the International House of Charlotte, says that arrangement - and other home stays - is working out quite well. "We are hoping they will make contacts and friendships with their professional counterparts here in Charlotte, and for them to take back what they've learned here - our best practices and our policies to Russia, and for them to make a difference for the better in their society."
The Russian delegates have been seeing all the exciting sights and sounds of Charlotte including the Gantt Center, the NASCAR museum, and Carowinds.
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