Tacoma City Council passed a resolution on April 10 that designates Biot, France as Tacoma's newest sister city. Several residents testified in favor of the agreement prior to the vote. Agnes Jensen, originally from France, noted that Biot is renowned as a center of glass art. "Thank you, merci, for your consideration of this issue," she said. "I am particularly excited about this relationship," Mayor Marilyn Strickland remarked.