Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Isaac Ruto of Bomet, Kenya, signed an official agreement in November 2015 that binds Milwaukee to Bomet, marking the beginning of a new Sister City relationship. A three-year process spearheaded by Stritch Assistant Professor Dr. Alice Kones, who teaches finance and economics and is a native of Kenya, sealed the agreement that now formalizes ways for Milwaukee and area businesses to support her home country through donations of used equipment and resources.

 

“I always wondered how some of these resources could be of use in other parts of the world,” Kones said in a BizStarts story outlining her efforts.

 

 

 

She worked with Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, The Pan African Community Association and the Bomet Development Trust through different stages of the rigorous application process. The signing ceremony marked the final step in the Sister Cities agreement.

 

 

 

“I think it’s really the beginning of a good relationship and we look forward for many positive things that are going to happen and that are going to take place,” Kones said during her brief remarks to the dignitaries and attendees at the ceremony at Milwaukee City Hall Common Council Chambers. “So we still continue to need your support going forward and it’s really the beginning of new positive energy into this relationship.”