Nizhny Novgorod is Russia’s fifth-largest city and a key economic, transport, and cultural center in the Volga-Vyatka region. The Sister City relationship originated from a government grant that sent Ballard Spahr law firm members from Philadelphia to travel and teach residents in Nizhny Novgorod about economics and democracy.
Major industries include engineering, information technology, transportation, including the auto industry, shipbuilding, diesel engines, aircraft manufacture, and machine tools.
There have been several successful exchanges, including a summer exchange between Philadelphia and Nizhny Novgorod students culminated in Russian student Ignat Tyumentsev winning the Grand Prize in Sister Cities International’s Young Artists Showcase for his artwork “Travel Time”.
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