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Nevada City Rotary hosting delegation of entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan

Nevada City Rotary was selected by the Open World Leadership Center to host a delegation of entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan, who will be in Nevada County through Saturday. The Open World program, run by the U.S. Congress, encourages cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia. Rotary and hundreds of other organizations act as host agencies for the delegations. Since 1999, more than 23,000 leaders from Central Asia have participated in the program. Nevada City Rotary is hosting the first ever Open World delegation from Kazakhstan.

The Nevada City delegation includes five young entrepreneurs plus a cultural facilitator from Kazakhstan and a U.S. based interpreter. The four men and two women from Kazakhstan range in age from mid-20’s to mid-30’s. Four of the group are from the capital city of Astana, one from the largest city of Almaty and one from a smaller city.

The delegates will stay in the homes of Rotarians from Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley Rotary including Nancy Kemp and Steve Allen, Pearce and Mary Ann Boyer, Ed and Bernadette Sylvester, Ron and Nancy Knaus, Dave and Janet Bunje, Carolyn Feuille and Bob Murley, and Doug and Karen McDonald.

During their tour, the delegates will meet with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, the Economic Resource Council, and government leaders. One day of their visit will include a trip to Sacramento for a tour of our State Capitol, meetings with elected officials and a visit to Old Sacramento. A day in San Francisco is also scheduled.

Kazakhstan is the largest land-locked country in the world, with a rich and diverse culture representing 130 nationalities. Its ancient history was shaped by the Silk Road trade route and the military campaigns of legendary leaders such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Kahn. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has embarked on an ambitious program to diversify its economy and modernize. For more information, visit

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