Three municipalities gather to discuss War of 1812 cross-promotion

By Joel Charron

The War of 1812 Bicentennial has brought three municipalities together to maximize the impact of the historic event.

A meeting was held last Thursday morning at the United Communities Credit Union Complex and featured the mayors of Amherstburg, Monroe, Michigan and Put-in-Bay, Ohio as well as council members, Rotarians, civic leaders, historical site management from the three municipalities.

“I was very impressed with the eagerness and excitement that was generated from the round table discussion,” said Amherstburg Mayor Wayne Hurst.

Officers and civic leaders from Amherstburg joined colleagues from Monroe, Michigan and Put-In-Bay, Ohio for a meeting regarding the War of 1812 Bicentennial

Hurst believed it was a “feeling out” process and the representatives from the three municipalities were able to get to know each other. He said the three municipalities will be able to “get to the nuts and bolts” of promoting the War of 1812 Bicentennial the next time they meet.

Hurst credited Amherstburg administration, as well as, tourism manager Anne Rota for helping to co-ordinate efforts.

“It really showed to me that there is an opportunity for some economic development and improvements with our culture,” said Hurst.

Hurst added that he believes such meetings will allow all three municipalities to find out how the bicentennial can realize economic benefits for everyone. He also said that these meetings would continue to improve the relationship between the municipalities for many years to come.

“I’m excited to see in the next meeting how they are going to be directed to carry out these ideas,” said Hurst.

Monroe Mayor Bob Clarke said the three municipalities are celebrating their connection through the War of 1812 and the fact the two nations have observed peace and an unarmed border through the past 200 years. Clarke added the three municipalities are looking at becoming “sister cities” and that it is an opportunity for the three to exchange their culture.

Monroe has a sister city in Japan and sees no reason not to do something similar closer to home.

“If we can do this with Japan, we can do it with Amherstburg and Put-in-Bay,” said Clarke.

Put-in-Bay Mayor Judy Berry agreed with Clarke’s assessment of the three municipalities teaming up, stating “it’s something we can all benefit from.”

“We all have something in common and we all have something different to bring to the table,” said Berry. “I’m excited about what works best for us and what works best for the other communities. I see it as a benefit for all of us.”

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