Meet Our Sister City, Seongdong-Gu, Seoul
Looking East to strengthen cultural, business and education ties
In October of 2012 a delegation of community, business and education leaders spent six days in Seongdong-Gu, South Korea.
Members of the delegation included Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tony Britton; Walton High School principal Judy McNeill; Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck; county economic development director Michael Hughes; Sunny Park, president of the America Korea Friendship Society; Dr. Robin Dorff, dean of the Kennesaw State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Carolyn Dorff, a music instructor at KSU.
Cobb County signed an agreement with the South Korean district's Chamber of Commerce to make it an official extension of the Cobb Chamber. They facilitated communications with businesses looking to expand to the United State, specifically to Georgia. The delegation also met with members of local schools and the convention and visitors bureau.
Since establishing the partnership, many Cobb County high school and college students have visited their sister and peer organizations in South Korea as part of an enrichment and cultural exchange program. For the last few years, students from the Seongdong-Gu School District and Hanyang University have reciprocated by visiting and studying in Cobb.
Cobb County and Seongdong-Gu, a district in Seoul, have had a sister-city relationship since 2007. Seongdong-Gu is one of the 25 "gu",or districts, which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is situated on the north bank of the Han River and is divided into 20 neighborhoods. The city's tagline is "Seongdong-Gu: Where dreams become reality."