During a city commission meeting held Jan. 17, commissioners approved an agreement to become a sister city of Beit Jann, Israel.

On Tuesday at the commission chambers, a signing ceremony was held to make that agreement official.

Members from Baller, Guth, Aloni and Co., the largest law firm out of Israel that approached the city for the opportunity to become a sister city, were on hand for the signing.

BGA represent Israeli Rail Authority and National Oil Company, among many other businesses.

"We will begin exploring and developing projects together," assistant city manager Ernestor DeLaRosa said. "One thing companies would like to implement in Dodge City and the United States would be more technology with Servi-Tech and similar companies.

"At this time there have not been discussions on specific projects."

One of the goals of becoming a sister city is to promote economic development including greater access to trade, financing and exchange of technology.

Both cities will participate together on projects that are mutually beneficial.

Where one city could have educational, technological and economic projects, the other city could participate in those projects and could also include tourism development, marketing, rights of use for energy and research and development.

"This is the first sister city Beit Jann, Israel has in the US," DeLaRosa said. "They are sister cities with locations in South America, Asia and Africa but this is the first with a city in the US."