Magazine article Public Management

The International Award in Honor of Orin F. Nolting

Magazine article Public Management

The International Award in Honor of Orin F. Nolting

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ICMA also presents the International Award to Jan C. Perkins, city manager of the city of Fremont, California.

Jan Perkins, city manager of Fremont, California, has been an integral player in the city's efforts to encourage international understanding and cooperation. In addition to supporting an active sister city committee, which has resulted in many exchanges during her tenure in the city, Ms. Perkins has been instrumental in establishing Fremont's International Art Exhibit, and supports the city's teen service program, Caravana Mexicana.

Members of the 1994 Fremont Sister City Committee recommended holding an art exhibit at the Hyde Gallery that would feature art from various sister cities. Officials in Elizabeth, Australia, accepted their offer to host an exhibit of its art in September 1995. In addition to fostering an appreciation for the arts, Fremont's International Art Exhibit encouraged local government officials to increase their communication with and travel to Fremont's sister cities, enhanced economic opportunities for artists, fostered a deeper understanding of cultural diversity, and advanced educational values by creating a visual window into another country.

Developed in 1966 by the Fremont Recreation Services Division, Caravana Mexicana offers teenagers a chance to work on construction projects with young people from another culture and improve the physical environments of other communities.

Successful Carvana Mexicana construction projects implemented in Sonora, Mexico, include a living farm, a shaded picnic area, a foundation for an orphanage, offices to house counseling services, and a children's park. …

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