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Gainesville has international connections
City shares culture with two cities in Hungary and Japan
George Wangmann, seated second from left, visited Ohito when he was mayor in 1995. The mayor of Ohito is sitting next to Wangmann, who said he experienced a warm welcome from the people of Ohito.
What does a mountain town in eastern Japan, a city in northern Hungary known for its wine and historic castle and the city of Gainesville have in common? These three cities with vastly different histories located in far flung regions of the world agreed to share their culture, government and economies with each other through a sister-city relationship. “The idea behind the program is that the cities share information about who they are, where they are located and their economic development, and to see if there is a way to share economic success,” said Catiel Felts, Gainesville’s director of communications and tourism.