Mayor Buckhorn Signs Sister Cities Agreement with the City of Lanzhou, China

Tampa, Fla. (September 22, 2016) – On Sunday,  September 18th Mayor Buckhorn joined Interim Mayor of Lanzhou, China,  Guangping Duan, and signed a historic Sister Cities agreement to foster culture, commerce and investment from the City of Tampa and the City of Lanzhou.

“This agreement strengthens Tampa’s competitiveness as an emerging player on the global stage,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Not only does this partnership help increase the potential for economic and cultural exchanges and foster collaborative innovation, it bolsters Morsani College of Medicine and USF’s relationship with the top notch institutions in Lanzhou.

“I look forward to seeing the fruits of this relationship in the coming years.”

This agreement furthers the exchange of medical knowledge between USF and Health and Family Planning Commission of Gansu Province and serves as the culmination of an eight-year relationship between the two institutions by solidifying the understanding and relationship between the two cities.

Lanzhou is our 11th sister city and the first in China.


In the photo from left to right: Deborah Wilkinson, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council Linman Li, Director of Asia Programs, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida Lynette Menezes, Assistant Vice President of International Affairs, USF Health & Assistant Dean for USF Medicine International at USF Morsani College of Medicine, Alfred Goldberg, President & Founder, Absolute Mobile Solutions, John Sinnott, Chairman for the Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, Deputy director, Health and Family Planning Commission of Gansu Province. Yongning Yue, Deputy Secretary General, city of Lanzhou.  Zhaocheng Huo, director, foreign affairs office, city of Lanzhou. Yujian Huo, deputy director, foreign affairs office, city of Lanzhou