Greenville officials sign sister city pact with South Korea city

Three Marietta High School athletes have had successful careers with the Tigers. The same three grew up admiring Marietta College as residents of the city.

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The city of Greenville is welcoming a delegation from South Korea to form a partnership.

This is part of the Sister City Friendship Agreement, which the two parties signed into agreement Monday night.

The goal is to pursue joint development and exchange ideas regarding economics, education, and culture.

Representatives from Yeonsu-gu, South Korea are touring places like Vidant Health, the East Carolina Heart Institute, Grady White Boats and East Carolina University.

A long-time Greenville resident helped connect the two cities.

"I wanted to develop possibly an economic exchange. So some of those Korean businesses could open up here in the Greenville area and also Greenville businesses are able to go to Korea," said Byung Lee.

The mayors of both cities exchanged gifts on Monday and say they look forward to a long relationship.

Officials say they hope this tour will create conversation about future exchanges.

The group will visit Pitt Community College on Tuesday before touring other parts of the city.