Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC? Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?
The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:
- exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
- establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
- developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.
Here is the detailed agenda.
For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville. This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities. The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:
- Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
- Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
- Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
- Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
- Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
- Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
- Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
- Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
- Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
- Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
- Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
- Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
- Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
- Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
- Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
- Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)
Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].