While Governor Mike Pence toured Germany, making business contacts, First Lady Karen Pence spent the week strengthening relationships with some of Indiana’s sister cities.
Mrs. Pence visited Loehne, Columbus’ sister city, and Cologne, Indianapolis’ sister city. Loehne and Columbus have had a student exchange program for years.
Pence says visiting the German city helped her understand how meaningful that program is.
“People in Loehne were telling me that, for some of their students, this is the highlight of their life and they have created these bonds with families that are very, very strong,” Pence says.
Pence also conducted an art exchange with Cologne, donating a replica of the famous Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture that’s currently housed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She says visiting the sister cities made this – her second trade mission with the governor – a little more special than the first.
“These are people who know Indiana, who love Indiana,” Pence says. “It means so much to them to have someone from Indiana actually come and see their city and hear about what they are doing.”
The first lady says she looks forward to fostering stronger relationships with Indiana’s other sister cities on trips in the future.