Montgomery County’s Sister City with Daejeon, South Korea

For more information, contact Yi Shen, Asian Community Liaison at or 240-777-8207

Daejeon signing ceremony


Daejeon delegation

In October 2017, Montgomery Sister Cities proudly welcomed Daejeon, South Korea as its fifth Sister City. The signing ceremony with Daejeon mayor Sun Taik Kwon and County Executive Ike Leggett was a highlight of the Sister Cities and Economic Development mission trip from October 20 to 29, 2017 that also included a visit to Sister City Xi’an, China. Led by Mr. Leggett, 40 business, education, community and economic development leaders explored the many historic sites of Daejeon as they noted best practices in their areas of expertise and shared the many benefits of Montgomery County.

Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard signed agreements with universities in Daejeon and Xi’an. Council Education Committee Chair Craig Rice signed Sister School agreements with the school systems in Daejeon and Xi’an on behalf of Montgomery County Public Schools. David Petr, President and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, Ellie Giles, CEO of WorkSource Montgomery and Montgomery County Assistant CAO Lily Qi led our delegation of business leaders in talks in Daejeon. Adventist Health Care Vice President Eunmee Shim visited hospitals to start Sister Hospital relationships.

Korea is the third largest country of origin among Asian American residents in Montgomery County. For more information, please visit