LA PLATA Argentina
Louisville's Sister City since 1994
Contact us at: LaPlata@sclou.org
The city of La Plata was founded by Dardo Rocha on November 19, 1882. The city layout makes it one of the most relevant examples of 19th century urban architecture. The colors and rhythm of the city are reflected in its magnificent parks, avenues, and squares. La Plata is an important administrative, commercial and cultural center, and it has a large entertainment industry as well. The city houses the National University of La Plata, known as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Latin America. For additional information on La Plata and Argentina, please see the Culture Kit.
The Louisville La Plata Committee is very active in the areas of community education, humanitarian aid, and economic development. The committee is currently focusing its efforts in offering assistance and friendship to its Sister City.
The committee works to develop educational opportunities and exchanges between youth in La Plata and Louisville. The committee has organized several youth debates, peace and conflict resolution retreats, and it is currently working to develop an E-Pal program for Louisville and it Sister City.
Louisville and La Plata work together on intersectorial levels of business. In 1994, when it became Louisville's fifth Sister City, La Plata business owners toured large Louisville corporations. This opportunity led to several future trade missions and professional training programs between Louisville and La Plata. For example in 1995, Louisville offered an economic development seminar for La Plata, providing training in employee relations, small business development strategies, import regulations, and marketing products oversees. In 1997, the committee arranged a trade mission with Mayor Jerry Abramson and twenty-two local officials and entrepreneurs. A second trip was arranged in 2000, comprising of several health care workers and professionals.
In 1997, the committee organized a training session and equipment exchange between the Louisville Fire Department and the Buenos Aires Fire Department. In 2001, the committee participated in hosting a natural disaster emergency management conference. At this time, it adopted a rural Argentinean school. The committee aided the school by donating supplies, money, and manpower to it.
In 1999, the committee hosted two distinguished visitors, the Argentinean Ambassador to the US, as well as the Sister Cities La Plata President. In 2001, the committee participated in the first Governor's Conference on Latin America. In recent years, several Louisville speakers have visited Argentina including Dr. Rhand Buchanan of the UL Modern Language Department and Dr. Robert Shipley, the commercial attach to the US embassy in Buenos Aires.
A number of prominent La Plata visitors have visited Louisville as well. In 1995, the President of the La Plata Horse Association visited Churchill Downs to organize a Derby simulcast in Argentina, and in 1996, Dr. Corral, Director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Regional Hospital in Argentina, visited the infectious diseases division of U of L Medical School. Also in 1996, Dr. Brown, the Cabinet Secretary of Production for Buenos Aires visited Louisville.
Arts and Culture
Other events planned and hosted by the La Plata Committee include a 1997 tango lesson and concert by Juan Jose Mosalini and a photography exposition by Gerardo Van Doorn.