Forg­ing Korea links

Prescott aims to cre­ate eco­nomic and cul­tural ties to South Korea

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS - WAYNE LOWRIE wlowrie@post­media.com

PRESCOTT – The town is hop­ing to forge eco­nomic and cul­tural ties to South Korea.

The South Korean em­bassy has cho­sen Prescott as a tar­get com­mu­nity to strengthen its ties to Canada and Mayor Brett Todd says his town will en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­brace the op­por­tu­nity.

At a re­cent meet­ing in Prescott, South Korean Con­sul Gen­eral Janghoi Kim and other em­bassy of­fi­cials met with Todd and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jackie Schoe­maker Holmes to set up a com­mu­nity visit in April.

Todd said the visit will have both an eco­nomic and cul­tural com­po­nent.

On the eco­nomic side, the em­bassy’s busi­ness at­tache will meet Prescott of­fi­cials and busi­ness lead­ers to ex­plore closer ties, Todd said.

Schoe­maker Holmes said the Korean at­tache has asked to meet with the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce, adding the town will in­vite area busi­nesses that have con­nec­tions with Korea.

As well, Prescott would like to pro­mote it­self as a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity for Korean im­mi­grants who might want to move to town, she said.

The cul­tural part of the visit in­cludes a packed agenda of ac­tiv­i­ties. Em­bassy of­fi­cials will visit a school, lay a wreath at the lo­cal ceno­taph in mem­ory of the Cana­dian sol­diers who died in the Korean con­flict, hold a Korean meal and spon­sor a Korean film night.

“It’s a good solid day of events to pro­mote busi­ness and cul­tural ties with South Korea,” Todd said. “It’s re­ally an ex­cit­ing pro­gram that they’re putting on.”

Prescott was cho­sen be­cause of a lo­cal res­i­dent who has ties to the South Korean em­bassy, he said. As well, the town’s cen­tral lo­ca­tion and its easy ac­cess to the United States was also a fac­tor, Todd said.

Corn­wall and Mer­rickville will host sim­i­lar events.

SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF BRETT TODD

Em­bassy staffer Yang-Gyun Chung, Jackie Schoe­maker Holmes, Mayor Brett Todd and Con­sul Gen­eral Janghoi Kim meet to dis­cuss the com­mu­nity visit.

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