Crescent City Council approved up to $2,500 in expenditures Monday for Mayor Blake Inscore to make the trip to Rikuzentakata Japan.
City Manager Eric Wier said the next trip to the Sister City will be in July and have three purposes: To build on the past values of the Sister City relationship, promote and explore trade and commerce between the two cities, and to conduct planning and preparation with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for the 2019 US Embassy Public Affairs grant, submitted by the Del Norte Office of Education.
Wier said delegates from Rumiano Cheese, SeaQuake Brewery and others will also make the trip and attend business meetings with the mayors.
The joint grant application asked for $40,000 to bring a group from Rikzentakata to learn about women empowerment, commerce, inclusionary practices and disaster preparedness.
“We got word back from the Embassy that they loved the grant so much, they wanted us to expand on it,” Wier said, saying the revised application is now for $150,000.
Wier said the trip will also create “tremendous exposure” for Crescent City, since a special news piece on the Crescent City/ Rikuzentakata sister city relationship will air worldwide during the 2020 Olympics.
Inscore clarified later the production will be aired on NBC Sports during the 2020 Olympics. He said producers have been in Crescent City to talk with locals and officials and have also been to Rikuzentakata. According to Inscore, the production crew will also be in Rikuzentakata when the Crescent City delegation arrives this July.
The council unanimously approved the use of funds for Inscore to go to Japan.