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Official representatives of the city of Guanajuato travel to Ashland to participate in Ashland's 4th of July celebration each year, and official representatives the other direction each year to participate in Guanajuato's Fiestas de San Juan y la Presa de la Olla. City of Ashland administrative staff, and members of the police and fire departments forces have presented professional development workshops in Guanajuato. The City of Ashland Fire Department has frequently donated retired equipment to the city of Guanajuato, including two emergency vehicles. Dentists from southern Oregon have delivered professional development workshops and courses to dentists in the state of Guanajuato. Amistad Program students from have done practicum work through the City of Ashland Planning Department. There is regular exchange of K-12 student art exhibits between the two cities, in addition to frequent hosting of professional art exhibits. Ashland High School band and orchestra students visited Guanajuato at the end of the 2004 school year to perform at local schools and experience home stays. BENEFITS: This multi-tiered relationship strengthens the bond between our cities and institutions of higher education, and enables us to collaborate in ways that no other international relationship in either city can do. International diplomacy on a people-to-people basis facilitates international understanding.



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