Phoenix maintains partnerships with cities around the world as a way to promote cultural and economic ties. The sister cities program includes partnerships with places in Mexico, Canada and Japan. But it’s a relationship with the city of Prague—the capitol of the Czech Republic that is the focus of our next story. KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer traveled to Europe on a fellowship, and found a city rich in culture and history that few Phoenicians know much about, even though there are close Arizona ties.
Arizona’s sights and cities attract a broad range of people each year, in large numbers. The National Park Service estimates the Grand Canyon alone welcomes almost 5 million visitors annually. Some of these people are Europeans, drawn to the Wild West image of America. KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer found a club of Arizona fans in Dresden, Germany where the Old West is spurring a new kind of thinking.
In Western Germany the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is the largest US military medical facility outside the U.S. and gives care to both US and coalition forces, as well as their families. KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer visited Landstuhl, and brings the voices of three Arizonans in the military medical system, with very different stories.
In the last year the U-S dollar has fallen dramatically in value against the British Pound and the Euro. International travelers hoping to ride the currency shift are spending more money in the States, and some in Arizona are hoping foreign investors will do the same. From Phoenix, Tony Ganzer reports.