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Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner Signs Sister City Agreement in San Miguel de Allende

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Formal Agreement Finalized by Signing Ceremony with San Miguel de Allende Mayor Mauricio Trejo and City Cultural and Business Leaders August 4


Palm Springs Mayor Grace & San Miguel Mayor Mauricio Trejo Sign Sister City Agreement 


Garberat Palacio Municipal Calle principal #8,

Zona Centro San Miguel de Allende


Friday, August 4

11am Local Time

(10am Palm Springs)


Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner is leading a delegation of local cultural, business and hospitality leaders under the auspices of The Palm Springs Sister City Board of Directors on a four-day trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, August 3 to 6, to celebrate the second official signing of the sister city agreement between the two cities. The trip is also including cultural and educational activities, as well as opportunities to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two municipalities.  

An initial signing ceremony was held this past February in Palm Springs when San Miguel Mayor Mauricio Trejo led a delegation north. Following the reciprocal signing ceremony, the Palm Springs delegation will make a presentation to local officials, business leaders and members of the local San Miguel de Allende press about opportunities in Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs delegation currently in San Miguel de Allende, in alphabetical order by last name, includes:

  • Gary Armstrong, Palm Springs Sister City Board Member
  • Jeffrey Bernstein, Mayor Pro Tem, Co-owner Destination PSP, Honorary Delegate
  • Celeste Brackley, General Manager Saguaro Palm Springs and Soho Hotel Group
  • Lauren Bruggemans, Visit Greater Palm Springs 
  • Alfredo Casuso, DP&A, Inc PR/Design
  • Andrea Davis, Palm Springs Sister City Treasurer
  • Grace Garner, Mayor of Palm Springs
  • Ellen Goodman, Palm Springs Sister City Secretary
  • Christy Holstege, Councilmember City of Palm Springs
  • Al Jones, Palm Springs Sister City Board of Directors President 
  • Kimber Foster Jones, Visit Greater Palm Springs
  • Adam Lerner, Executive Director Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Scott Nevins, Palm Springs Sister City Board Member
  • David Eugene Perry, Palm Springs Sister City Board Member

All funds for the travel of the Palm Springs delegates have been privately raised by the Palm Springs Sister City Committee, with no city or public taxpayer funds expended. The Palm Springs Sister City Committee is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity and receives no public funds. The work of the Committee is completely self-funded through donations from the Committee members and interested members of the public.  Palm Springs Sister Cities was created with the purpose of enhancing world peace by promoting and servicing relationships between the City of Palm Springs and other similar government units in foreign countries with the object of developing closer understanding and cooperation between people of those respective governmental units.  The group hopes to ensure a world of peace through goodwill, compassion, and helping other cultures.

At the heart of all Sister City programs is an agreement, signed by the mayors of each Sister City, confirming the commitment of each community to the Sister City program. Sister Cities agree to send and receive delegations of various types, including political and business leaders, arts and cultural representatives, educators, and technical experts because these exchanges promote cross-cultural understanding, municipal and technical cooperation, and business opportunities. Each Sister City is supported by a committee of volunteers who are committed to the goals and objectives of the program.

Palm Springs had a sister city relationship not only with Victoria, B.C. Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but also with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Nikki, Japan.