New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell is asking the City Council to approve a Sister City agreement with Cuxhaven, Germany. 

Mitchell says Cuxhaven has a history similar to New Bedford, a fishing port always dealing with a tough economy.  But in the mid 90's, Cuxhaven welcomed the wind turbine industry, and according to the Mayor, the economy took off.....

Mitchell says the wind industry helped create another 20,000 jobs in the surrounding area. 

He says the sister city agreement is a way for New Bedford to learn about the industry and make contacts. 

The Mayor says the city is planning to send a trade delegation to Cuxhaven in April.  The Sister City agreement goes before the City Council on Thursday.