Mayor Chris Beutler and the Mayor's Committee on International Friendship (MCIF) hosted two visitors from the Republic of Moldova Tuesday, February 7 as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The goal of the IVLP is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Moldova is an independent state between Romania and the Ukraine.
Beutler met with Corneliu Churea, Project Coordinator for Vitorul Institute for Development and Social Initiatives, and Bogdat Tirdea, Senior Lecturer for Ion Creanga Pedagogical University. Both men also serve as political commentators in Moldova. During their visit to Lincoln, they also met with City Council member DiAnna Schimek, Secretary of State John Gale, former Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely and Lincoln Journal Star reporter Nancy Hicks.
During their three-week U.S. tour, the Moldova visitors learned about the U.S. electoral process, political polling, the roles and perspectives of media and others in political analysis and the process of moving from one level of politics to another.
The MCIF organized their visit under the sponsorship of the IVLP, part of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the World Learning Visitor Exchange Program.