top of page

Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum


Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum

A delegation of mayors and executives from cities across the United States will travel to Armenia from June 11-20, 2024, to participate in the U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum. Organized by the U.S. State Department, this forum aims to enhance bilateral relations, explore economic opportunities, and foster cultural and educational exchanges between the two nations.


Among the key participants is Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, who will arrive ahead of the delegation on the night of June 11, 2024. The forum's primary goals include strengthening local democracy, developing efficient government structures, and creating sustainable trade, tourism, and technology partnerships.

Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum

The delegation's itinerary includes visits to major Armenian cities such as Yerevan, Gyumri, and, time permitting, possibly Kapan. The trip will feature meetings with Armenian local government officials, media outlets, business leaders, and community organizations. Participants will engage in panels and discussions focused on sister city relations, democracy, and bilateral cooperation in various sectors.


The visit is expected to deepen the connections between U.S. cities and Armenia, fostering meaningful collaborations. Reflecting on the trip, Mayor Asatryan, whose city Glendale has the largest concentration of Armenians outside of Armenia, emphasized the importance of these ties. "Glendale and Armenia are intertwined in every way. This trip represents an incredible opportunity to deepen our connections, share knowledge, and create meaningful collaborations that benefit both Glendale and Armenia," she said.

Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum

Mayor Asatryan’s last visit to Armenia in December 2022-January 2023 established a partnership between Armenia’s Opera House and Los Angeles Opera and included visits to Glendale’s Sister Cities Gyumri and Kapan. This visit highlighted the importance of structured sister city policies, which are now under review by the Glendale City Council to ensure more effective and accountable exchanges.


During the blockade of Martuni, Artsakh, Mayor Asatryan called for the creation of an Artsakh Fund in Glendale, encouraging donations from larger organizations. The delegation's visit will also explore how these funds can support refugees displaced from Martuni Artsakh.

Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum

This trip will see participation from various U.S. city leaders, each bringing their expertise and perspectives to the discussions. The focus will be on sharing best practices in governance, fostering economic development, and addressing common challenges such as sustainability and community engagement.


The U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum is poised to set the stage for future collaborations and exchanges. By bringing together leaders from diverse backgrounds, the forum aims to create a robust network of support and cooperation that will benefit both countries.

Glendale Mayor Elen Asatryan, Other U.S. Mayors and Executives to Visit Armenia for U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum

The U.S.-Armenia Local Democracy Forum, organized by the U.S. State Department, is part of a broader initiative to promote democratic values, economic opportunities, and cultural exchange. It provides a platform for U.S. and Armenian leaders to collaborate on projects that enhance local governance and community well-being.

Comentários


Ad for subscribing to The Armenian Report
bottom of page