City of Racine shares bond with Zapotlanejo, sister city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico

NOW: City of Racine shares bond with Zapotlanejo, sister city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Local traditions, especially those that bolster cultural understanding and embrace a city’s diversity, can play larger, more meaningful roles.

That is what the city of Racine continues to do after it became sister cities with Zapotlanejo, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico in 2008.

Pablo Davalos is a native of Zaplotanejo and lives in Racine.

He, along with the Federation Club of the State of Jalisco, pushed for the initiative to become a reality. He admits that there was some resistance at first.

"Although at first the Racine Sister Cities Commission was reluctant to sister with a Mexican city, in the end they gave in after they visited Zapotlanejo and the twinning process went very quickly," he said.

The principal sources of income for the people there are agriculture and textiles. But it's been the textile industry that Racine city leaders sought to bring to Wisconsin.

They promote quality products at an affordable price.

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