Via the Armenian Mirror-Spectator:
On Friday, October 30, [Fresno] Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Council member Andreas Borgeas held a press conference in front of the City Hall Council Chambers to announce the formation of its newest Sister City partnership between Fresno and the City of Etchmiadzin, Armenia.
In addition to a representative of AGBU, representatives from several Armenian organizations were in attendance, including the Armenian American Citizen League (AACL), the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL), the Armenian National Committee (ANC), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), the Armenian Technology Group, the Daughters of Vartan, Hamazkayin Cultural Association, Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Fresno, Homenetmen, the Knights of Vartan, St. Gregory Armenian Church of Fowler, St. Mary Armenian Church of Yettem, St. Paul Armenian Church of Fresno, Tekeyan Cultural Association, and the Triple X Fraternity Fresno & Selma Chapters.
According to the Watertown, Massachusetts, Armenian American newspaper:
“The City of Fresno is blessed with a vibrant and robust Armenian community that has contributed so much to our way of life here in Fresno and throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley,” said Swearengin, adding, “I am proud of the efforts City of Etchmiadzin. Due to the efforts of our committee members, Fresno and Echmiadzin will enjoy a host of new business, trade, travel, cultural arts and educational opportunities.”