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A roundtable made up of strangers exchanging handshakes, gifts and laughs.  But Davenport city officials say this is hopefully the start of a long lasting partnership with Colon, Mexico.
both cities have one goal in mind:jobs.

 "It could mean more jobs in the sense that we have a lot of industries here that could manufacture and produce products for export to Mexico, " said Davenport Mayor Gluba.

"I think this is just one more step in the constant work of all our communities to identify new strategies for us to be more effective in the world economy," said Tara Barney Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

This partnership could have an impact on the future workforce, too.  Davenport college students could benefit from the exchange.

"It's  important for growth in all aspects. Economic development is one of them...educational exchange for university programs and even to learn more about the other cultures. To increase multicultural awareness, " said Sister cities Chair Jacqueline Tome.

City leaders say becoming sister cities could be an opportunity for both Davenport and Colon to increase their growth and development a variety of ways.

"Some of their students from our program could come to the university here in davenport and vice versa," said Mayor Alejandro Arteaga of Colon, Mexico. "It means a lot about educational and cultural exchanges. With these exchanges lots of things can happen in colon and davenport as a result of the relationship."