Polish Ambassador to the USA to Visit Gainesville


The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce that the Ambassador of Poland to the United States of America, Ryszard Schnepf, will visit the city beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Friday, Sept. 5. Ambassador Schnepf will arrive at the Gainesville Regional Airport Wednesday evening and receive a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle escort to his lodging accommodations. His visit coincides with the official visit of a delegation from Rzeszow, Poland which is intended to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Rzeszow and Gainesville.

“The Gainesville City Commission, in partnership with our local business community, educational institutions and many other community partners, is working collaboratively to expand business and cultural opportunities with Rzeszow that will benefit both cities,” said Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn. In preparation for the arrival of the Ambassador Schnepf and the Rzeszow delegation, a series of events are scheduled from Sept. 3 through Sept. 8 as part of Polish Business and Culture Week observances throughout the greater Gainesville area.

Scheduled activities include a Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored business summit at University of Florida Innovation Hub, an official proclamation by Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, facility tours with administrators at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Gainesville Regional Airport and the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator. Other scheduled highlights include the delegation’s attendance at the University of Florida football game, a "Free Fridays" concert and a farewell gala at the Thomas Center Spanish Court.

Ambassador Schnepf completed his doctoral dissertation on political parties in Venezuela and holds a master’s degree in history from Warsaw University. His distinguished career in the Polish Foreign Service has led to his service as the Polish Ambassador to the United States of America beginning September 2012. He is married with three children; two girls (Zuzia, Tosia) and a boy (Max). He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Russian. His hobbies include literature and playing guitar.