The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission approved unanimously last week that the application of the City of Nuremberg, Germany, to become a Sister City of Atlanta proceeds according to established guidelines.

      The next step is for Georgianne Thomas, chair of the commission, to submit the recommendation to the Mayor’s Office of International Relations for further consideration by Mayor Bill Campbell and City Council.

      Augustine O. Esogbue, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, told GlobalFax in a telephone interview that the commission considered the two cities to be compatible in regards to their respective sizes, economic development, and communications and transportation sectors.

      Dr. Esogbue chairs the commission’s New Cities Development Committee.  He said that coincidentally he was about to attend a conference in Dortmund, Germany, and would travel to Nuremberg to visit with that city’s officials promoting the Sister City relationship.

      He is to report back to the Commission by Thursday, June 25, at which time the application will be forwarded to the Mayor’s office.

      Canberra, Australia, and Lotz, Poland also have submitted requests for Sister City affiliations, but their applications were not considered at the meeting, according to Dr. Esogbue.

      For more information, Dr. Esogbue may be reached at (404) 894-2323.