Rockville City Hall Greets Chinese Delegation with Warm ‘Nǐ Hǎo’

Visitors from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy join City of Rockville officials on the steps of City Hall.
Visitors from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy join City of Rockville officials on the steps of City Hall.

Twenty government and private sector representatives from Singapore visited Rockville City Hall Tuesday, part of a weeklong trip to learn about different levels of the U.S. political system, local government and intergovernmental relations.

The group was made up of 18 graduate students and a professor from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Two-thirds of the group are Chinese students studying at the university in Singapore, which is considered a model government in Asia.

A panel of officials from Rockville addresses attendees during a lunchtime meeting.
A panel of officials from Rockville addresses attendees during a lunchtime meeting.

The group began its day with a visit to the Montgomery County Council building and discussions about federal, state and municipal issues, then walked to City Hall, where members were addressed over lunch by Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton. She was introduced by Rockville Councilmember Beryl L Feinberg, who is deputy director of the Montgomery County Department of General Services.

Other presenters included Acting City Manager Craig Simoneau, City Clerk/Director of Council Operations Kathleen Conway and Rockville Sister City Corp. Vice President Brigitta Mullican. Councilmember Virginia D. Onley was in attendance.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton poses for a photo after the discussion.
Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton poses for a photo after the discussion.