One of America’s most high profile politicians learned about Newcastle when he visited the city.
Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta, met the leader of Newcastle City Council and prominent business leaders from the region.
He also visited the North Bank of the Tyne to see key regeneration sites and went on a tour of the city centre with Northumbria Police to see how they work with the council to keep the streets safe.
City Council leader, Coun Nick Forbes, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mayor Kasim Reed to Newcastle.
“Newcastle is twinned with Altanta so there is a long and proud association between the two cities.
“To be successful in the future Newcastle will need to extend its international connections, and fully use its twinning arrangements to promote what we produce here all around the world - so I am delighted that the Mayor of Atlanta is coming to see what the city has to offer.”
Kasim Reed, a Democrat, became the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta in January 2010 and has received numerous accolades since taking office for his civic leadership.
He was named as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars" in 2001 and one of the “10 Outstanding Atlantans” in Outstanding Atlanta.
Speaking at the Lord Mayor's Mansion House, Mayor Reed said: "For many years, the cities of Atlanta and Newcastle have enjoyed a close friendship.
"My visit today ensures that we will continue to build on that partnership and explore mutually beneficial economic and commercial opportunities.
"I look forward to strengthening the links between our great universities, and working more closely with the elected officials and business leaders of our twin cities in the future."
During his tour of the region, Mayor Reed also visited the Baltic, and had tea with the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Coun Jackie Slesenger.
Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia with a population of 420,000 in 2010.
It has a diverse economy with logistics, professional and business services as its most dominant along with media, Government administration and higher education.
In 1996 it hosted the Olympic Games which changed the city’s demographics, politics and culture.
Page last updated: 15 November, 2012