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City leaders from Rockford's Swedish sister city learn about education and business

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About a week after firefighters from Rockford's Swedish sister city make a visit - government leaders stop here.

Rockford and Lidkoping are about 4,000 miles apart, but Lidkoping's Vice Mayor says they're not all that different. He believes building partnerships can make the cities even closer.

"It's a nice town. The land around is not so far from ours, so we can feel quite at home I would say."

Vice Mayor Bertl Jonsson says Lidkoping has businesses and manufacturing, but it needs help growing the economy.

"We are a small town village but our businesses are also very small. It's small companies, small factories in Lidkoping. these companies need contacts and help with contacts."

International Business Developer Linnea Bengstsson works for Lidkoping in Rockford. She believes both cities can get more out of their current relationship.

"The partnership between Lidkoping and Rockford is very beneficial for both cities and both countries and it's exciting to see what we can do beyond this point," said Bengstsson.

The tour group also got to check out Eisenhower Middle School to see how students learn in Rockford Public Schools.

"I was amazed this morning by the school we visited. The students were working in something they called sergeants of steel and that's something I think I will take back to our school," said International Strategist Lisbeth Nystrom.

The group isn't just visiting Rockford - they have a slate of tours and meetings in Madison Friday.

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