Frankfort, IN – Kicking off a day filled with events, Mayor Chris McBarnes will welcome Lanxi, China officials to Frankfort Saturday morning as part of the Frankfort-Lanxi Sister City relationship formed this summer with the visiting delegation touring the City before taking part in the community’s downtown holiday celebration Saturday night.
According to McBarnes, Lanxi officials will meet with government and community leaders for brunch, tour the Archer Daniels Midland plant, take part in a fly over of the City and visit the Frankfort Community Public Library before joining the Mayor as grand marshals of the City’s Christmas parade. Following the parade, officials will take a walking tour of downtown Frankfort, watch the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree and have a private dinner at the Main Street Grille before leaving Frankfort for their next stop.
“I am pleased and proud to welcome our new friends from Lanxi to Frankfort as the follow-up to the trade mission Shan Sheridan and I participated in this summer. With economic development as a cornerstone of our administration, a significant part of Saturday’s visit will be showcasing our Industrial Park and our downtown businesses in the hopes of attracting investments from our Sister City.
“As I often say, it’s all about building and strengthening relationships – near and far. On Saturday, we proudly will welcome our guests and show them the best Frankfort has to offer as a valuable and viable location for business investments and a wonderful community in which to live,” McBarnes said.
Thanks to the hard work and caring dedication of several community members, County Commissioners, Frankfort Street Department employees, City Utility crews and a grant awarded from the Clinton County Community Foundation, Frankfort’s downtown square is filled with holiday lights and decorations.
“Our downtown is lit up with holiday decorations for everyone to enjoy this year and we will kick off the Christmas season with the lighting of a Memory Tree on the northeast corner of the Courthouse Square at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night – all made possible by a true team effort. I invite everyone to come out and enjoy the parade, see Santa and shop and dine downtown,” McBarnes said.
Chinese delegation visit agenda:
8:30 a.m. Chinese delegation picked up at the Holiday Inn Express by Mayor Chris McBames, County Commissioner Bill Beard, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shan Sheridan, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Economic Development Director Gina Sheets
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Brunch at Flavors Coffee House & Deli with community leaders: Clinton County Commissioners, Clinton County Council, Frankfort City Council, Frankfort Board of Works, Frankfort Department Heads, Karen Miller, President of Clinton County Economic Development Board, Barth Hendrickson, President of Chamber of Commerce, Stan Smith, President of Clinton County Economic Advancement Foundation, and Chancellor David Bathe, Ivy Tech Community College
11:00 a.m. – noon Archer Daniels Midland industrial site visit
noon – 1: 15 p.m. Fly over tour of the City
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour of the Frankfort Community Public Library
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Christmas Parade (delegation and Mayor McBarnes will be grand marshals)
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Walking tour of downtown Frankfort
6:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:00 p.m. Private dinner at The Main Street Grille
8:30 p.m. Delegation departs Frankfort
For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor McBarnes at 765-654-7332 or his cell over the weekend: 765-412-8742.