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Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides (left) discusses the potential for closer ties between Annapolis and Niterói with Niterói Mayor Rodrigo Neves. All photos by Flavio Pessoa, Communications Advisor to Mayor Neves.

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Bob Agee (left), Adviser to Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, welcomes Mayor Neves to Annapolis.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, Mayor Rodrigo Neves of Niterói, Brazil, and four of his staff members visited Maryland. Maryland Partners of the Americas and Bob Agee, Adviser to Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, prepared the two-day program for them. On Saturday, the delegation visited Annapolis for a tour and discussion with Bob Agee, Lowell Adams of Maryland Partners, and representatives of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Eastport Yacht Club, and Annapolis Boat Shows. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss ways to advance the Sister-Cities Partnership between Niterói and Annapolis. The two cities signed a Protocol of Intentions in 2007 to, among other things, provide the cities of Niterói and Annapolis the condition of Sister-Cities, and promote technical, sport and cultural cooperation and the exchange of strategies and public policies to the benefit of the inhabitants of the two cities. On Sunday, the two mayors met to further discuss ways to advance the Sister-Cities Partnership.

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Saturday’s visit to Annapolis began in City Hall with a briefing by Bob Agee. Left to right, Luiz Paulino, Secretary of Development for Niterói; Giovanna Victer, Secretary for Planning, Management and Compliance for Niterói; Bob Agee; Niterói Mayor Rodrigo Neves; Lowell Adams, Treasurer and Past President, Maryland Partners of the Americas; Jackson Maia, Rio Partners of the Americas; and Ellen Benedetti, Under Secretary of Strategic Management for Niterói.

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Niterói Mayor Neves was welcomed to the Eastport Yacht Club by Commodore Heather Ersts. There was excitement about future interaction between yacht clubs in Annapolis and those in Niteroi.

Also on Sunday, the Niterói delegation toured Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park with Maryland Partners members Michael Jones, Richard Dolesh, and Peter May. The day included a walking and boat tour of the park and discussion of re-development of environmentally damaged waterfront into a public park and enhanced natural resources.

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On the Anacostia River. Left to right, Giovanna Victer, Michael Jones, President of Maryland Partners; Rich Dolesh, Vice President of Maryland Partners; Ellen Benedetti, Mayor Neves, Peter May, Secretary of Maryland Partners; and Luiz Paulino.