City of Jasper awarded for business, trade

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JASPER — The City of Jasper has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Business and Trade for a city with a population less than 25,000.

The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

The idea of importing wine from Pfaffenweiler, Germany, to Jasper was generated during a discussion held at a joint Sisters Cities & Partnership meeting marking their 30th anniversary as Sister Cities in 2015.

The ensuing work resulted in an exclusive trade relationship in the U.S. At this time, the only place to purchase, taste and drink Pfaffenweiler wine in the U.S. is in Jasper. The goal was to develop an economic activity that would benefit and continue to promote the connection between Sister Cities of Jasper and the Sister City of Pfaffenweiler.

An initial order of 125 cases was secured after research, planning and organzation. The order was placed with the Pfaffenweiler winery in November 2018. The shipment arrived in Jasper in March. Preparation for improved labeling of the wine bottles and a more economical means of shipping the product has already begun. It is hoped that continued communication between all of the players will provide greater opportunity for success and sustainability in the future.

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories. The organization also honors a Volunteer of the Year and Youth Leadership who demonstrate exceptional efforts to advance peace through citizen diplomacy.

This year's award winners will be honored during SCI's 2019 Annual Conference later this month in Houston.

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