Sister Cities of Newport News
Sister Cities of Newport News (SCNN), a non-profit affiliate of Sister Cities International, plays a role in supporting long-term community partnerships through reciprocal educational and professional exchange programs which foster friendships and learning. The EDA/IDA maintains an ex-officio position on the Sister Cities Board of Directors and collaborates on economic development opportunities.
In November 2013, EDA Chair Arthur Henderson, Florence Kingston and two Sister Cities Board members embarked on a strategic mission to China to further advance economic development opportunities. The purpose of the mission was threefold: to follow up on a 2012 delegation’s activities in China, pursue both ongoing and new business opportunities, and visit with officials at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in order to strengthen the exchange relationship established by Christopher Newport University.