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Gloucester Collaboration Connects Like-named Localities

GLOUCESTER-Gloucester County joins the ranks of other like-named communities throughout the United States and abroad through the recently formed “Gloucester Collaboration.”

A relationship that started through celebration and commemoration of Pocahontas, who was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, resulted in several visits back and forth with people from Gravesend, where Pocahontas is buried, and in Gloucester, England.

According to a press release, the program will be managed and facilitated by The Pocahontas Project (TPP), a local non-profit organization. The idea of connecting with citizens of Gloucester, England is increasing throughout the United States and abroad to other localities bearing the Gloucester name.

Currently, there are 11 other Gloucester communities in five different countries that may participate. The goal is to share cultural and educational exchanges that will facilitate networking with government diplomacy and citizen connections.

The Gloucester Collaboration also intends to promote environmental stewardship on a global scale while focusing on local efforts in each community of Gloucester, especially as it relates to rivers and streams.

The inaugural Gloucester Collaborative event is scheduled to take place Monday, March 21, 2022. Gloucester, England celebrates the first Saturday of September as “Gloucester Day,” which will serve as another opportunity to celebrate heritages and strengthen global relationships.

Program facilitators aim to connect younger generations with the program. Students from Gloucester High School will be communicating with their peers from other Gloucester high schools in the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.

For more information, interested citizens are asked to contact Gloria Mazzella Williams, Gloucester community engagement and public information manager, at 804-693-5730 or gwilliams@gloucesterva.info.

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