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International government exchange brings two city officials to Dubuque

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Two visiting government professionals have made their way to Dubuque as a part of an International City Management Association exchange program.

The professionals are from China and New Zealand. Both have been in Dubuque since October 18 learning about promoting sustainability within the community and community engagement.

Peter Ridge is a policy analyst for the city of Palmerston North in New Zealand. He says Dubuque has taught him just how powerful one individual can be in a community. He says he hopes to take that back with him to New Zealand.

"I think it's individuals doing really great things and when you get a lot of individuals doing really great things, working together in a really great community than that can make for some powerful transformations," Ridge said.

Both government professionals will be heading to Washington D.C. Sunday to meet with other members of the exchange program.

The exchange program brings individuals from more than 30 countries and territories worldwide to the United States.

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